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VPS hosting is a Virtual Private Server, and is a virtualized server. A VPS hosting environment mimics a dedicated server within a shared hosting environment. It is technically both shared hosting and dedicated hosting.

VPS Hosting is one of several types of web hosting accounts you can choose from to host your website online. To have a website on the internet, you need to have your website files on a web server. Setting up and managing a server can not only be expensive, but difficult too. Purchasing web hosting allows someone to rent space on a web server, making it easier for the average person to have host a website online because all they need to do is upload their site files (no server setup is needed on their part).

All three of these hosting account types are similar in the fact that they all give you a web server to run your website on. They vary in how they are setup, the features they offer, and the level of customization you can have with each one. Check out more information about our various VPS plans and features.

Why is VPS Hosting different than Shared and Dedicated

With our dedicated servers, you rent an entire server. This is optimal for people that have very high traffic to their websites or need to setup their server in a very specific way. Not everyone needs to have a fully dedicated web server however. If you're just getting started with your website, you can save quite a bit of money if you rent a small portion of the server. Shared hosting is when you share a portion of the server with other users rather than rent an entire server to yourself.

If you are considering a dedicated server and are unsure if it is right for you, perhaps you will need to get VPS hosting.

How does VPS Hosting Work?

The technology behind VPS hosting is similar to that of VMware or Virtual Box. These programs allow you to run several virtualized operating systems on one machine. For example, your desktop may be running Windows 7, but you can also run other operating systems such as Windows XP or Linux without needing to restart your computer.

Operating System Virtualization

Our VPS hosting envionments function in the same manner. While we have one physical server, we can run several different virtualized operating systems on that one server. Each virtualized operating system acts as if it was a dedicated server. This allows you to have all of the benefits of a dedicated server at a fraction of the cost.

InMotion Hosting uses Parallels Virtuozzo Containers in order to virtualize the Operative System. Each VPS hosting environment is referred to as a container, and the physical server each container is provisioned to is referred to as a node.

What are the benefits of VPS Hosting?

VPS hosting gives you the affordability of shared hosting while at the same time giving you more power and control like a dedicated server.

Privacy As you don't share your OS with anyone else, there are no other websites on your server that potentially have access to your files.
Customization With a VPS Server, you have your own Operating System. This also means that you have your own instances of all server applications such as Apache, PHP, and MySQL. If you need to have any of these services customized, you can make changes to suit the server to your needs.
Control If you're installing server applications that require a system restart, you can do so at any time. Even though technically you share a server with other VPS servers, your VPS server can be restarted without affecting anyone else.
Dedicated Resources On a VPS Server, you have dedicated amounts of RAM available to you at any time. Unlike shared hosting, there is no one else on your server that can use utilize all the RAM when you need it most!

VPS Server Management

All VPS hosting environments with cPanel VPS Optimized for free! This means that you can easily upload files, manage domains, secure your server, and perform many other tasks to help keep your server running smoothly. To learn more about cPanel VPS Optimized, click here.

Please check the next article on cPanel vs. WHM ( Web Host Manager ). For more information on this course please visit An Introduction to Web Hosting

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2015-05-04 4:29 pm

How do I know what network am I  on?

I followed the steps and alls I can see is my server is vps11695 but it dont tell me the network?

43,758 Points
2015-05-04 5:06 pm
Hello Jen,

You are not on a network (other than the Internet itself) but on a VPS server. The VPS#### is the number of your container. That is the highest level of access you have and it can be reached by calling up that particular container directly.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2015-10-13 1:13 pm

how can i use a vps?

10,077 Points
2015-10-14 12:52 am
Hello Monoj,

What are you trying to accomplish by getting a VPS? Maybe we can point you in the right direction.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
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2015-11-23 2:55 pm

Please I am creating a research website with a blog in it. How do I use a VPS in this because I want to get a personal server for the website. And what other things do I need for that.


43,758 Points
2015-11-23 3:49 pm
Hello Ebenezer,

VPS hosting works the same as Shared Hosting, except you have additional features such as your own WHM panel. If you have any questions about the specifics of our hosting, be sure to contact our Live Sales center for more help.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2016-06-17 7:15 am
I am creating a website for social interaction(database application). will VPS be good for a start.
10,077 Points
2016-06-20 9:16 am

A VPS would be a decent start and you could always upgrade or downgrade if need be.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2016-08-16 10:51 pm


I would like to ask you that, Can we install any windows based software/utility on your VPS.

Best Regards,

39,275 Points
2016-08-17 8:25 am
Hello William,

It's a Linux-based server, so you will not be able to load Windows-based software on the server.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.
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2016-09-14 8:59 am


I would like to start a web hosting business, so does it help me by taking VPS web hosting server for my business.


How and clear me please.


Thank you

39,275 Points
2016-09-14 3:56 pm
Hello Narasimhareddy,

VPS hosting works the same as Shared Hosting, except you have additional features such as your own WHM panel. If you have any questions about the specifics of our hosting, be sure to contact our Live Sales center for more help. Contact information for the Sales team can be found at the bottom of the page. They can be contacted via phone/chat/email/Skype.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.
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2016-10-08 6:43 am

It is very effective and useful article to know on hosting specially on vps hosting .

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2017-01-05 8:46 am

how many domain can i host on vps and how do i install the software it need to run perfectly?

13,361 Points
2017-01-05 10:12 am
The domains you run on your VPS is up to you. There's no limit. In terms of software we cannot answer that. There's many factors like what your websites require.
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2017-08-04 6:06 am

Hey, I'm trying to host an web application using vps. but i have no clue how to do that. Can u please guide me step wise.

Thank you and regards

8,984 Points
2017-08-04 11:28 am
Since ASP.NET is a Microsoft product, and all of our hosting platforms are Linux based, we are only able to provide support for Linux. Support from Microsoft may be able to help you better.

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