Whether you are looking for a VPS to run your own blog, practice server administration or need one as a business solution for cloud computing, running mail and web servers, or data storage, it is more than worthwhile to pay attention to add-on charges. Every VPS provider, including GoDaddy, VPS.net and DotBlock, offers add-ons. Some are necessary for optimal performance, others are nice to have, and some look lucrative but are not really needed.
Choosing VPS Bandwidth Smartly
Additional bandwidth is a standard add-on option. If you choose a package that includes 2,000GB of bandwidth each month and run a blog that barely comes close to using 250GB, you have ample room to grow without adding more. If you know you will need 4,000GB every month, choose the package that already includes it. Bandwidth add-ons cost less per GB than overage charges, but it still costs more per GB than simply choosing a larger package to begin with.
Get Yourself a Control Panel and Spam Filtering
A control panel, in most situations, will cost between $5 and $15 more each month on top of the base VPS charge. Remember, even veteran system administrators like control panels, and they are fantastic when you are just starting to learn. The built-in safety features make it easy to make changes confidently and easily without breaking anything. Plesk and cPanel are both full-featured, but you may find that cPanel is more user-friendly. Spam filtering is also essential. Control panels ordinarily include a spam filtering module, but the add-on options provided by third-party services dedicated to stopping spam in its tracks are usually far more effective.
Bandwidth Monitoring, Backups and Security
It is tempting to pay more to have access to your server denied when you reach your bandwidth cap or for automatic backup services. However, if you wisely opt for a control panel, consider using the built-in bandwidth monitoring and backup features instead. Receive emails directly from the server when you are close to going over bandwidth to ensure you can preemptively buy more or let the account lapse until the new billing period. The included backup modules let you set up automatic backups to a remote location or on a local partition without paying extra. Finally, avoid providers that do not include datacenter firewalls. That indicates a potential lack of overall security, which is a glaring red flag.