Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting provides most of the advantages of dedicated website hosting at a significantly lower cost. As a result, it is a good option for anyone (especially businesses) who needs more flexibility, authority and security than shared hosting can provide, but cannot afford the cost of dedicated server hosting.
The original virtualization software makes it possible for a single physical server to behave as several servers that appear to be physical servers to the successful bidder. When you sign up for VPS Hosting, you can specify the system assets you need (and the cost varies accordingly) and subsequent upgrades are quick and easy. Although you specify the assets you need, you are sometimes allowed to exceed these limits in short “bursts”.
While the details of VPS hosting plans vary, the general advantages of VPS hosting are:
- Service similar to dedicated web hosting, but at a significantly limited price.
- You can match system assets to requirements by easily upgrading as needed.
- Security is much better than with shared hosting. As each successful bidder effectively has their own discrete server, the actions of other users may have no impact.
- Linux users get root access to the virtual server, which means they can install any necessary software and configure the server as needed (Windows hosting customers will get full root access).
- Better website performance as load times should be faster and more consistent, due to the fact that you have guaranteed system assets (no competition for assets as with shared hosting).
- Hosting companies will offer different control panels (an individual company may offer a choice) so that you can balance ease of use with technical capability.
Compared to shared hosting, a VPS hosting provider will usually have a long-lasting technical expertise. Shared hosting is made as viable as possible and users have little access to the server and the hosting company manages it (applies updates, patches, etc.).
VPS hosting, on the other hand, generally offers you a root path, which gives you much more control and flexibility, but also more responsibility. While the hosting company will still be responsible for running the physical server and virtualization environment, you will be responsible for the provisioning of the virtual server.
If you have software problems, you will be the one to solve them. If this can be a problem, you may be able to trade some of your control for longevity support from the hosting company.
Given the benefits of VOS hosting, you may wonder what the additional benefits of dedicated server hosting are. With VPS hosting, you cannot completely avoid the fact that you are still sharing physical hardware even though you have guaranteed assets (CPU, RAM, disk space). This means that dedicated server hosting is still the way to offer superb performance of your web site.