Virtual Private Servers Explained: Have you outgrown shared hosting?
A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is what is created when a web hosting provider takes one of their larger servers and divides it into many separate small servers. Also known as a Virtual Root Server (VRS) or a Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS), the idea originated due to a need to provide more individualized services to website owners who found that they needed more power and functionality than their shared web hosting account could provide. Before the advent of a VPS, those who needed to upgrade their shared web hosting account had to do so using a dedicated server, which can get quite expensive.
What Exactly Does VPS Mean?
A Virtual Private Server is quite the inventive idea. Since a number of small virtual servers can be used instead of the one large server, which are now considered to be individual servers and can now be rented out to many different customers, more people are going to benefit from the additional resources that come with a VPS. These customers are now not only able to still have access to the power that the larger server provides, they are now able to receive their very own dedicated Central Processing Unit (CPU) as well as Random Access Memory (RAM).
VPS vs. Shared Web Hosting
Deciding whether to use a VPS or shared web hosting is going to depend directly on the specific needs of the website. A shared web hosting account will place a website into one of many large servers where it will share this space with hundreds or even thousands of other websites. Whereas a VPS web hosting account will place a website into a large server that has been divided into many smaller servers, which gives the owner of this particular website more control, more functionality, and more power.
Who Needs VPS?
The main reason why someone would choose to use VPS web hosting is because they've simply outgrown the shared hosting plan they're currently using. Shared hosting is limiting in its ability to provide resources such as unlimited bandwidth and disk space, making it necessary to look into other viable options. Once the decision to upgrade is made, the next step is to look for a VPS web hosting plan that will meet all of their website needs.
Although any type of business can benefit from using VPS, it is the small business that will most likely benefit from the many advantages that VPS can offer them - more power, more control, more RAM, more disk space, and more control - all for a lesser amount than a dedicated server would cost. VPS is also great for any new start-ups because you're not only going to receive lots of great features at an affordable price, you're already going to be prepared for when your website starts to receive the high amounts of traffic necessary for success. Essentially, complete control is given to the user when a VPS is selected.
Individuals, whether they are running their own private website or are managing a website for a company, can also benefit from using a VPS. Criteria that will help an individual decide if VPS may be right for them includes having a large amount of files that need to be stored, find they are continually adding lots of new content, and/or expect to receive a lot of traffic (even it's sporadic). If the content is minimal and is comprised mainly of static HTML-based content, then individuals are most likely to find that a shared web hosting package will meet all of their needs.
A Few Questions to Determine if Upgrading to a VPS Might be Right for You:
- Do I have more than one website?
- Is my business expanding?
- Do I want more control over my website?
- Do I need to access the root server?
- Do I need more/better security?
- Is it taking too long for my website to load?
How Much Does VPS web hosting Cost?
So by now you're surely wondering just how much VPS web hosting is going to cost. Well, that's going to depend on which plan you choose. The information below is an example of what you can expect to pay when you choose to go with AVPS web hosting account.
- Starter Plans/$16 per month - Disk Space = 15GB, Traffic = 250GB, Bandwidth = 6Mbps, RAM = 512MB, CPU = 50%
- Pro Plans/$28 per month - Disk Space = 25GB, Traffic = 500GB, Bandwidth = 8Mbps, RAM = 768MB, CPU = 80%
- Advanced/$59 per month - Disk Space = 50GB, Traffic = 1000GB, Bandwidth = 10Mbps, RAM = 1024MB, CPU = 100%
Although a VPS is similar to dedicated web hosting in that disk space, RAM, processing, and more are not shared, it is the cost of using a VPS that is the main selling point.
When you sign up for VPS web hosting, you can expect to receive the following benefits:
- Root access gives the ability to install and configure any program you want
- Ability to feel secure as no one will have access to any of the website's data (except you and the web hosting company)
- Ability to host an unlimited amount of websites
- Ability to use as a mail or FTP server, and more
- Ability to use the server for file storage, backup, and more
What it all boils down to is fully understanding the needs of any particular website. This way the website owner/manager can make sure that their website has access to all of the features and tools that will allow a website to function at its very best. If you feel that you’ve outgrown shared web hosting yet don’t want the high cost that comes with a dedicated server, then using a VPS is most likely going to be your best choice.