Virtual private servers (VPS) are servers that have been split into virtual partitions, where your website will reside. In this article you will discover what the advantages and disadvantages of virtual private servers.
• Segregation – Your website will sit on its very own partition, allowing your virtual server to run its own full-fledged operating system that can be independently rebooted.
• Performance – Sites hosted in VPS servers have separate IP address, CPU resources, memory space, hard disk space and they are totally independent.
• Control – Virtual private servers give you all the control that dedicated servers offer. In other words, you will likely have root access and the ability to use scripts that may not be allowed in the shared hosting environment.
• Scalability – When your business grows, so do your demands for resources. And with VPS servers, you get the instant scalability that your business needs when you need it, such as memory or hard disk space with minimal disruption to your website.
• Price – VPS hosting means that you get more without you having to pay more. Specifically, you can get the control and scalability that dedicated servers offer, however, at a price tag that looks more like that of shared hosting.
• Customization – Many VPS plans can be customized to meet your exact needs. In other words, you can get just the right amount of features that you desire, without having all the bloated features that you do not require.
• Shared server – Like shared hosting, you also share your server with a number of other websites, however, the number of websites that you share your server with is far less than shared hosting. And because you share your server with other sites, you can still be affected by their bad behavior, such as spamming and black hat activities, which can lead to your server getting blacklisted and to the disruption of your business.
• Limited resources – Although you do get more resources than shared hosting…you will never get the full features and benefits that dedicated hosting provides.
• Must have technical skill – Although your hosting provider will maintain the hardware, you may need a dedicated system administrator to manage the server and ensure that is is functioning consistently and efficiently.
In short, VPS hosting provides the best of both worlds, a happy medium between dedicated and shared hosting. If you still are not convinced that VPS hosting is right for you, then contact your hosting provider to review your requirements.
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