There’s all types of web hosting available to purchase to host your website. I previously wrote about why Managed Hosting could be a good option for you. However, that option isn’t good for some websites, especially if they’re quite large or need more resources. A good choice in for those sites are VPS Hosting. Could this be the right choice for you? Depending on your situation and the needs of your site it could be. Or it could be a waste of your money and time.

What Is VPS Hosting?

VPS Hosting is Virtual Private Server Hosting. What is a Virtual Private Server? According to Wikipedia it is:

A virtual machine sold as a service by an Internet hosting service….A virtual private server runs its own copy of an operating system (OS), and customers may have superuser-level access to that operating system instance, so they can install almost any software that runs on that OS. For many purposes it is functionally equivalent to a dedicated physical server and, being software-defined, can be created and configured much more easily. A virtual server costs much less than an equivalent physical server. However, as virtual servers share the underlying physical hardware with other VPSes, performance may be lower, depending on the workload of any other executing virtual machines.

VPS Hosting Is The Right Choice For You If You’re A Reseller

If you are a reseller of web hosting plans then VPS Hosting is right choice for you.

Because you sell web hosting packages to other customers you need full access to a server. That way they can build and hosts their websites. You need this hosting, also, so you can perform various administrative tasks for those plans. And to perform any changes your clients request to their packages. Finally, you need full access to the control panel controlling the server, like cPanel or Plesk, and a VPS provides that access.

VPS Hosting Is The Right Choice For You If Your Website Need Extensive Resources

If your website is quite large and need extensive resources to run it, like high amounts of disk space and memory, then VPS Hosting is the right choice for you.

Since these servers give you more access to the physical server’s resources than Managed Hosting, your busy website will have the resources it needs to run properly. Thus, you could see your performance dramatically improve. So if you’re running a popular online store or a web application with a large database then purchasing this hosting will be a huge benefit.

VPS Hosting Is Not The Right Choice For You If Don’t Understand Server Management

If you don’t understand server management or how to secure your server, then VPS Hosting isn’t the right choice for you.

I worked at a web hosting company providing Linux technical support. And one of our most popular products is VPS Hosting. However, I see more and more customer purchases this and they don’t have any server management skills.

Because you have full access to the server’s operating system you are in charge of applying all server updates. And unfortunately those updates aren’t exactly like applying updates to your computer. These updates usually require downtime. In addition, these updates can break other software on your server, including your website.

On top of applying those updates, you will be responsible of updating the control panel on your server, like cPanel or Plesk. These updates are usually automatic, however, but they can still break your website if the updates have bugs. And that happens.

So if you don’t have server management or system administration skills but still want VPS Hosting you could pay for support from the hosting company or a third-party. However, this support can be expensive, and you have to work within the company’s or tech’s Service Level Agreement (SLA). That means you will have to wait for assistance, even if you’re website is currently down and you’re losing money.

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