Should You Use a Virtual Private Server (VPS)?

Ever wonder why someone uses a virtual private server (VPS)? Choosing the right server for your business website can be tricky. You want to find the right balance between power and cost-effectiveness without sacrificing performance. If your business is growing and you find that a shared server just isn’t working for your needs, it might be time to consider a VPS.

In this article, we will go over VPS basics and discuss the advantages it might hold for your business.

What is VPS?

A virtual private server uses special software to divide physical servers into multiple “virtual” servers. Each server may have its own operating system and run completely independently of the others. In effect, even though the physical computer shares its hardware resources, each virtual server acts and feels like a dedicated server.

Some key points to remember are:

  • Virtual Private Servers are able to allocate more resources per user, so other users are less likely to affect your site’s performance
  • VPS hosting is totally customizable, meaning you can alter the software or add your own applications
  • Because each server is isolated from the others, it creates a secure environment

How Do I Know If VPS Is Right for What I Need?

If your business is growing and you’re experiencing a higher volume of traffic, you may have noticed that your site isn’t performing as well as it once did. This is because on a shared server, all users are fighting for the same resources (disk space, bandwidth, etc.) and you just can’t take what isn’t there.

VPS gives you more resources, and allocates resources minimums, so your site’s performance will never be compromised by a lack of power. In addition, if you require more resources in the future, it is easy to move your website to a more powerful VPS.

You want to customize your server. Shared hosting typically does not offer much in the way of customization, largely because when something is installed it affects all users.

With VPS you pretty much get unfettered access to add and remove software, set permissions, create user accounts, run backups and updates, and include custom applications – all without the cost or headaches that can come with a dedicated server.

You require increased security. In today’s tech climate, online security is of the utmost importance. With a new security breach in the news seemingly every day, customers are rightly concerned about their online privacy.

When you use a virtual private server, you can be assured that data is safe. Unlike a shared server, each virtual server operates in an isolated environment, completely separate from all of the other websites. If one of those websites becomes compromised, it can quickly and easily be shut down without affecting any of the others.

You want increased performance–without increased cost. If you’re ready to upgrade from a shared server but not quite ready for the cost of a Dedicated server, VPS offers a nice middle ground.

Because VPS is based in software vs. hardware, it offers significant savings over purchasing your own dedicated server. In addition, when it is time to expand, you can easily move to a more powerful server without transferring to a completely new hosting provider. You also save additional time as the physical server, VPS OS, and hosting software like cPanel/WHM, are maintained for you.

VPS Hosting Costs and Solutions

VPS hosting will cost more than you’re paying for a shared service, but it’s probably well worth the price. The key is to evaluate your business needs as well as evaluate your anticipated future traffic. If you find that your website’s performance is lacking (or you think it’s heading that way), it’s probably time to make the switch.

When you’re ready to make the change from shared hosting to a virtual private server, contact us to talk about which hosting plan is right for you.

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