What Is VPS Hosting and How Does It Work?

When it comes to web hosting, there are several different options, including VPS hosting. Each type of server has its own features and advantages, and unless it’s your job, it can be hard to remember what they all do. While the type of hosting you choose will depend largely on your business’s needs, today we’re going to take a closer look at what it means to have a VPS server.

What is VPS?

VPS stands for “virtual private server.” It is a virtual machine or container, meaning that you do not own or control an entire physical server – but for all intents and purposes, it offers the same functionality. Despite the fact that each computer holds several multiple VPSs, each VPS hosts its own files, databases, and settings and operates just like a dedicated server.

How Does VPS Work?

Using special software to divide it up, one physical server can hold dozens, or even hundreds, of virtual servers. Each virtual server may run its own operating system and it is allotted a certain portion of the physical server’s memory and storage resources.

If you’re having trouble envisioning how it works, think of owning a condo: there is one overall physical structure which is broken down into separate units. While the residents technically inhabit and manage their own areas, none of them have access to anyone else’s personal belongings or living area. Obviously with a condo, there are still things that have to be shared, such as a swimming pool, and parking lot. The same goes for a VPS, all of your data is safe, but there maybe resources that are shared with others on the VPS.

What are the Advantages of VPS Hosting?

  • Improved security. Due to the isolated environment, what affects your neighbors will not also affect you. In other words, if one of the virtual servers on the machine became infected with a virus, it would stay segregated to that one server.
  • Unrestricted administrator permissions. You can configure the VPS to meet your own requirements with custom software, special applications, or additional services like a mail server.
  • Cost savings. Because you are sharing the actual physical computer with many other users, you only have to pay for your portion of the bills. That means you save on the cost of routine maintenance, hardware upgrades, and utilities, among other things.

How is VPS Different From Shared Web Hosting?

It’s easy to get mixed up between shared hosting and VPS hosting. At first glance, they do seem to have a lot in common. But while both require sharing a physical machine with other users, that is where the similarities end.

Shared web hosting is similar to an apartment. You maybe have a roommate. There are lots of people living there, you all have to share the same space, and divide the resources.  That means if your roommate takes a long shower and runs out of hot water, you’ll have to survive a cold one. But you can make it work because its cheap and easy.

Shared hosting is very much the same. You share one server with many other users. Resources are limited and if any single site uses more than their fair share, it affects everyone else. Still, many business users choose shared hosting because it is easy to manage and affordable.

How is VPS Hosting Different?

Using the example from above, VPS hosting is like living in a condo. Everyone shares the same overall building, but you have your own designated space. You can decorate however you want, you don’t have to share your food, and you can stay in the shower for as long as you want, without worrying that you’ll use up all the hot water.

Likewise, with VPS there are many users sharing the same server, but each user has their own designated environment. The energy you use will not affect anyone else, and their energy use will not affect you. If someone else gets a virus, it will not infect your site. And you can add custom software or apps whenever you want.


VPS hosting is simple, reliable, and fast. It offers the maximum performance for you and your clients and keeps your site running smoothly.

If you’re ready to move to a VPS server, contact us today so we can help find the right fit for you.

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