In website hosting, the more flexible your plan is, the more server resources you can get your hands on, the better your website can be. This can be done if you get a dedicated server hosting. The problem with this option is that it can become pretty pricey. The next best thing is VPS.
The lowdown on Virtual Private Server
Website developers believe that the perfect platform for growing websites is the virtual private server. This refers to the kind of hosting that uses a single server that has numerous hard drives. These drives are partitioned to users with certain limitations that prevent the occurrence of lapping problems. This issue happens to be very common for shared hosting. In VPS, each client gets a different OS that enables them to make changes without influencing the data and files of other users. On top of this independence, here are other benefits of using VPS over shared hosting:
- Access to more privileges and features like bandwidth, space, speed, etc.
- Server stability is more significant with VPS
Choose your RAM wisely…
RAM means random access memory. It refers to the computer’s data storage. In looking for the right VPS plan, it is important to take RAM into consideration. This element runs the operating system and the server as well. Therefore, it is important to choose a plan that has more than enough RAM to support your website’s needs.Try to get one that offers at least 512MB of memory.You will need to meet this minimum if you want to use Plesk or cPanel. If possible, choose the plan that offers burstable memory. What this does is supplies your system with the extra memory for a short duration should it be needed.Inmotion is a company that provides this option.
Check the company’s definition of “unlimited” when it comes to bandwidth!
Many companies, even those offering shared hosting, claim to offer unlimited bandwidth. However, once the contract has been scrutinized, you discover that unlimited isn’t as limitless as you may think. So it is important that you determine how the company that you are considering defines unlimited.
How much control do you need?
When you start looking for VPS hosting, you will see the terms unmanaged and managed. This simply refers to the level of independence that you want in managing your virtual server. Here are your options:
- Managed hosting – This means you pay the company extra to take care of your server for you. This could mean installing software and doing maintenance tasks. The extra charge equates to less stress and more time to focus on the website.
- Unmanaged hosting – If you want to save up, you can opt for unmanaged hosting. The problem with this is that you will need to do everything by yourself. Any errors and maintenance issues will need to be addressed by you. If you are considering this type of hosting, you need to assess if you, or your developer, can deal with taking care of the server. It is important to remember, with unmanaged VPS hosting, that you need to install your own control panel.
What justifies the higher cost of VPS Hosting vs shared?
VPS hosting is perceived to be more expensive than shared hosting. Looking at the price range, you would see that this perception is true. However, the price difference is not that big. The average price for this hosting is $11 a month, just a few dollars over the more expensive shared hosting plans. There are some cheaper plans but it is always better to pay the few extra bucks to ensure that you get quality features and resources.
Plus, shared hosting usually is advertised as somewhere between $2-$10/month, but they always make you pay 12 months up front, or even 36 months if you want to get the advertised lowest price. VPS hosting typically is month-to-month from the beginning.
You get what you pay for. That’s why cheap people always start out with bottom of the barrel shared hosting, get angry at the bad performance, and then either give up or move on to VPS or Dedicated Hosting. I see it time and time again.