When building a website, there are many different hosting options. One option that is less expensive than a dedicated server is VPS hosting. Many website developers have found VPS to be the preferred hosting option for their websites. I’ve worked with shared hosting environments, VPS and dedicated servers. Virtual private servers are a unique option that have become more affordable over the years, and are especially attractive to people looking for more customizable options.
VPS Hosting vs Shared Hosting
Like shared hosting, VPS hosting is not on a dedicated server. What you get with VPS hosting is a solution where you have unlimited options and capabilities in customizing the server environment for your websites….without effecting other accounts.
What can you do with VPS Hosting
Some options depend on which company you go with, but most offer the following:
- You can choose the control panel. Two common options are CPanel and Plesk. This makes managing your server much more simple.
- Server level customization. Modifying the php.ini file directly, is one example.
- Burstable Memory: You get access to memory when you need it. If you do happen to get hit by Digg (for example), the server is usually able to handle the spike in resources.
- Scalable: You can start small and grow as necessary…without having to move to a different server or upgrade hardware.
Who would benefit from VPS hosting?
If you have a low traffic website, and simply need an environment that is easy to work with, a VPS is probably not what you want to go with. If you want an option that is easily scalable and envision growing multiple high traffic websites, you may want to consider going with a VPS hosting account.
In other words, Virtual Private Servers are a great middle ground between shared hosting and a dedicated server. On top of that it sometimes doesn’t cost much more to go with a VPS environment over a shared hosting setup. Choosing a hosting solution is important, because it takes energy to switch hosting environments.