VPS solutions are typically the next step up from shared web hosting and reseller hosting, but not always. Shared and reseller hosting are almost always managed services, but VPS services are more akin to dedicated server services in that they are normally listed as unmanaged, with managed solutions as options.
If your website is on a shared platform, then the IP address of your site will be shared with hundreds of other sites, and will share the resources of that server with all of the other sites.
On reseller accounts, each account is separate from the other, typically with each having their own cPanel account (or other control panel). Resources are still shared, and the security of the server itself is hardened by the provider.
With a VPS, you get to select from a number of options, most noticeably the number of vCores, RAM, diskspace and bandwidth. Thus, you can lease just the right mix of memory and processing power to match your exact hosting requirements for everything from e-commerce applications to stand alone WordPress sites.
Unmanaged VPS services can go as low as $1 per month, but I wouldn’t expect much from those types of plans. Of course, there are a number of free control panels available, but the majority of prospects either already have cPanel or are similar with it – and that panel doesn’t come free. To top it off, cPanel recommends a minimum of 2GB of RAM to run properly.
Some upper level VPS packages can easily cost more than a dedicated server, but when comparing specs, they often match up well and are essentially the better solution.
What virtual private servers offer are a go-between the price of a shared or reseller account and the price of a dedicated server. Not only that, but they offer control and flexibility in the types of programs and applications that can be run on them.
For example, virtual private servers can be used as e-mail, DNS, FTP or Web Servers. They can also be used for VPN end points, or shared or private proxies.
Do you need a remote Linux desktop? A VPS can be used for that as well. A repository? Yes.
When you see VPS packages listed as KVM SSD VPS Services, these are services where disk space and memory are allocated independently from others, minimizing the possibility that one user on that server could impact another.
SSD is essentially an Acronym for solid state device. It’s a special type of drive that doesn’t use spinning spindles like older and slower hard disk drives. A huge advantage to using SSD drives is their boost in performance and speed. In today’s age of broadband everything, speed and performance is huge.
Typically, anything that you can put on a dedicated server, you’ll be able to put on a virtual private server. When you need to update vCores, RAM or drive size, it’s easy to scale up. With a dedicated server, it is basically what it is. You could maybe add RAM, but typically you’d have to provision a completely different server to upgrade your specs.
Afraid a VPS wouldn’t be powerful enough to run large dynamic websites? No worry, as VPS services have evolved over the years to be able to handle all types of applications from moderate to exceptionally busy. They’ve proven over and over again to provide extraordinary cost effective value.
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