A virtual private server (referred to as a VPS) is the location where data and web files are stored that run a website. If we are using a housing comparison, consider your domain your address, your web files your house, and the VPS is the piece of land you are building on.
Shared Hosting vs Virtual Private Server Hosting
At PSPINC we talk a lot about shared hosting, probably because we have been offering some of the most reliable shared web hosting in the industry for 25 years.
Shared hosting is probably the most common form of web hosting. Essentially it is a server where resources are shared with other users hosted on the same server. Things like RAM, CPU, and hard drive space are allocated to those users on that server.
When discussing a VPS, your web files are hosted on the same physical hardware as other users. However, what differs is that you are separated to your own ‘virtual space’ on that server. It means that you can have your own dedicated storage space, CPU, specific operating system, RAM, and custom bandwidth limits.
Going back to the housing analogy - shared hosting is like an apartment or condo, where you have your own unit (website) but you occupy the sam piece of land. A VPS is like having a house on your own property.
We didn’t really touch on dedicated hosting, which is much like a VPS but it means you have your own hardware. This is a more costly approach than using a VPS, but there are definitely specific situations where this could be necessary. We can help with that too, contact us for a quote.
2 Reasons to Consider a Virtual Private Server
For the average website, a shared hosting space is more than enough in terms of specs and fit most customer’s budgets. However, there are times when using a virtual private server is recommended.
- Enhanced Security & Monitoring: If you need to generate and create backups on a specific schedule, need enhanced security, or want to monitor the performance of your system more closely.
- Performance Concerns: A blessing and a curse, if your website is extremely popular and sees high levels of traffic or experiences spikes in traffic at various times, you could experience speed issues. Speed issues not only hurts the experience of your customers, but also could hurt your SEO (search engine optimization). A VPS allows you have custom specs geared towards your specific business needs.
Do you need VPS Hosting?
If you are convinced that your website needs a VPS custom tailored to your business needs, let us know. We have the a team that will do the heavy lifting to get your VPS online quickly and conveniently. In addition, we have a team monitoring our VPS hosted customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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