Virtual private server hosting allows webmasters complete control over a dedicated sub-section of their web server. In effect, this offers developers the ability to have their own private server, but incur none of the high costs or maintenance of owning one.
Like a Dedicated Server, But Not
VPS hosting allows you to be isolated from separate domains hosted on the same server. This means that if other domains are abusing the server, being attacked, or over-using the server’s resources, it will have absolutely no impact on you and your website. Having a virtual dedicated server also allows you dedicated mail, FTP, and MySQL capabilities.
In addition, you’re able to use control panel applications like cPanel enabling you administrative control over your segment of the server. This allows you to bypass contacting technical support whenever you need to do routine management tasks like reboot your server. In essence, this offers you some of the power of a managed hosting service without the cost.
Shared servers share more than just space and resources; they also share security risks. VPS hosting gives you your own dedicated IP address and password protected entries for your website, which means that by default no ports to your segment of the server will be visible to the rest of the world. This also enables you to have multiple layers of server protection, at the server level as well as protection and firewalls that you apply to your own segment of the server.
VPS Hosting has a lot more potential for growth than traditional hosting options. For both overnight success and gradual growth, VPS hosting allows you to consume the amount of system resources that you require for your website and nothing more, making it the most cost effective and scalable hosting option in most cases. Cost aside, this also means that as your business grows, you’re able to simultaneously expand the capabilities of your hosting service to meet new demands. VPS hosting also allows you control over your website and server space anywhere that you need it; you can log in and upload documents from anywhere, including most mobile devices with an internet connection.
The Bottom Line
In summary, VPS hosting combines the guaranteed resources and control of a dedicated server with the affordability of traditional website hosting, allowing modern web developers and businesses an unprecedented control over the speed and growth of their operations at costs proportional to their needs. Upgrading to VPS hosting won’t just save you money; it will better prepare you and your business for the changing demands of your future.