If you’re totally new to the world of VPS hosting and website design, don’t panic because you’re in good company. A lot of people are starting to develop their own websites for both business and pleasure. As such, there are many hosting providers who are willing to take you by the hand and guide you down this seemingly complicated path.
Today, we’re going to walk you through everything that you need to know about VPS hosting and the world of web site creation. It may seem like a lot, but it’s really pretty easy once you sit down and work on it.
The first thing you need to know is what VPS hosting actually is.
When you create a website, you have to pay a company to host it on their server. This is a powerful computer that allows anyone on the internet to connect and access your site. The lowest level of server is a shared hosting plan where hundreds of websites (and all their data) are stored on one server with all of the server’s resources up for grabs depending on who needs them.
A virtual private server (VPS) is essentially the same thing, except for one key difference. A VPS has been partitioned so that the one server has been split into multiple “mini” virtual servers. Basically, the hosting companies use virtualization to let them make several virtual machines on one computer. Each of these servers can act independently of each other.
What is the benefit of doing this?
Well, with a shared server, the server’s resources are distributed based on who needs them. If one site needs a little more memory or bandwidth, then they pull that away from the other sites on the server. This means one site having an unusual traffic spike could slow down the other sites on the server because it demands more memory.
This doesn’t happen with VPS hosting because each mini-server has its own allotment of resources. You can’t use more resources than your allotment, but that also means that no other site can take resources from you. Basically, it is like having a smaller size dedicated server without having to pay the hefty ($100 per month or more) price tag that goes with a dedicated server.
A Safer Environment
VPS hosting is also favorable because it provides you with a safer environment. On a shared server, you often do not know who you are sharing server space with. If one of the sites on the shared server is hacked, then you have a higher probability of being compromised as well.
Additionally, your website could share the same IP address as these others, meaning that if someone blocks them because of their content, you could be blocked as well. This doesn’t happen with VPS hosting as you will have your own IP address.
Finally, VPS hosting is beneficial because of its scalability. If you find that you aren’t using all of your resources, then your website can be downgraded to a smaller virtual server. But if you consistently need more resources and are outgrowing your system, then they can easily adjust this to accommodate your needs.
If you are running a business and want a professional host to keep your site running, VPS hosting may be the best option for you. InMotion Hosting offers many options for VPS hosting so that you can get in on the ground floor and then adjust your system as you need and see fit.