What Is Virtual Private Server Hosting (VPS)?
Traditionally, there have been two common types of hosting: Shared hosting and Dedicated hosting. Shared hosting is where many websites share one server while Dedicated hosting is the case where you have a server just for your website. The difference in cost is significant as Dedicated hosting can cost as high as $224.99 per month, while Shared Hosting can be as low as $1.99 per month.
Benefits of having a dedicated server
In this set up, you have the memory, processing power, and the bandwidth all to yourself. It is more secure as opposed to the shared one which, if someone hacked into one website hosted by the same server, your website is also at risk.
Some neighbors use up a lot of the server’s resources. When using dedicated hosting, this does not affect you in any way.
Dedicated service, however, has its hitches. If your website has many activities, it may need more resources than your server can host. Since the server is one, there is a high chance for it to crash.
All is not lost though should the server crash since you can reboot it as the dedicated hosting comes with a remote access feature that enables you to do it manually.
The truth is, none of the two web hosting options are perfect and the difference in cost is enormous.
How about Virtual Private Server?
In VPS, a part of the server is dedicated solely to your website or number of websites. This is done by a hosting company which partitions a server. Your website is safer as you can secure it through various preferred security programs.
How about server resources, do you get a portion?
Yes and no. For one, you can choose the quantity of resources you’d want for the server.
VPS enables you to pay for only what you use as most hosting companies allow you to set up how much bandwidth, RAM and CPU to use.
Your website host can always adjust if the traffic to your website increases suddenly due to popularity.
For example, if a post on your site goes viral making thousands of people to visit the website in a matter of hours, a shared server will disappear and a dedicated will possibly succumb and crash. In a VPS, the company hosting your website will bring resources from other servers to keep the site going.
If the site maintains its popularity, though, you may be forced to get a higher plan that will cater for the huge traffic. This is another advantage of a VPS, one can downgrade or upgrade the plan without migrating from the server.
When is it necessary to have a Virtual Private Server?
- A VPS is necessitated by a large website, like one with over 500 pages or if your website has a lot of content that’s rich in media and thus needs a lot of bandwidth. For instance, a VPS will be necessary if your site has too many images with high resolution, GIFs, or supports video streaming.
- Besides, you may also consider a VPS if your website is quite popular and attracts over two thousand visitors in a single day.
When is a Virtual Private Servernot necessary?
- When your website is new and it will take a while before it commands traffic. It is not practical to pay for resources that you will not use.
- When your website uses very little bandwidth. If the content on your website is sorely text-based, it doesn’t matter how many visits it gets, the text posts don’t consume a lot of bandwidth.
- When you’ve embed Youtube videos and Vimeo videos on your site. These type of videos use minimal bandwidth.
How Virtual Private ServerHave Been Improved In The Past Few Years?
Initially, VPS was just a fraction of a server that was partitioned. However, hosting companies now have more complex data centers in place to detect and cater for cases of traffic surges and traffic drops almost immediately.
In the beginning, VPS was only regarded as a solution for the people that wanted an in- between solution between the two extremes; something more than the shared plan but at the same time was not willing to pay the ridiculous price of the dedicated site hosting. Thanks to the digital era, most of the hosting companies have embraced the virtual space as opposed to paying for physical servers. As such, you now only need to pay for the resources you use with a VPS hosting.