What is VPS Hosting?
The hosting you choose for your website is crucial to its performance and success. There are several types of web hosting. Depending on your site’s purpose and its needs, you will have to decide which one is suitable for you. Below, we dive into the advantages and disadvantages of VPS web hosting, which is a rather new type of web hosting, but it is becoming more and more popular among website owners.
What is VPS Hosting?
VPS, or Virtual Private Server, allows each website to be fully independent as if each were on its own separate machine, even though they are hosted on the same physical machine. A VPS will have its own operating system, bandwidth, and disc space although it is a portioned part of a physical server which is kept in a data center. So, basically, that means that you will have dedicated resources and full root access which will give you all the features and functions of a dedicated server at no additional cost.
Advantages of VPS Hosting
Let’s look into the most common benefits of VPS hosting.
- Less expensive than a dedicated server;
- Can be customized to suit your preferences and needs of your website;
- Remains unaffected no matter what another user does on the server;
- A VPS can grow and adjust to your website requirements as its server needs increase;
- CPU, RAM, HDD and bandwidth that have been allocated to your package will always be available for your applications;
- You have more control over your hosting environment.
Disadvantages of VPS Hosting
Sounds pretty good until now, right? Unfortunately, you can’t always have it all. Even though a VPS has a lot of pros, it’s time to weigh in the cons as well.
Probably the biggest disadvantage of VPS hosting is the price. Although it is less expensive than a dedicated server, it will cost you more than a shared hosting and it will require so technical background on your side. So, if your website isn’t making you quite a lot of revenue and if it doesn’t experience high traffic yet, then you might want to consider a cheaper hosting package. For now.
Also, since the existing market for virtual personal servers is smaller, some server companies oversell their servers, based on the idea that not every website using their server will have a peak traffic day. So they end up incorrectly allocating the server resources a client needs.
VPS hosting is a good idea because it nicely covers the gap between shared hosting and dedicated hosting services. You will have the independence and flexibility of a dedicated hosting, but at a much lower price. However, if you decide to choose a VPS host, make sure you do your research first.
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