Virtual Private Servers

Virtually every web hosting firm offers a service called VPS. This refers to a higher level of access to the host’s operating system than the usual, shared hosting program provides.

A Virtual Private Server creates a personal copy of this system enabling the owner to install software of various kinds. The idea is to garner more power for your website without going for a totally dedicated plan.

Power of Compromise

In the business world as almost everywhere, willingness to compromise has its advantages. In this case, a VPS client has more options than the shared user, but doesn’t pay the full cost of dedicated hosting, a service he is unlikely to require anyway unless he runs a multi-million-dollar company.

Costs are more than those of shared hosting but also better suited to a mid-sized business than, say, a blog site that doesn’t need much data space.

In Depth

A Virtual Private Server is hosting other pages but not as many as the usual shared server, so volume and demands are fewer, thus increasing the speed at which your page downloads and how much room there is for you to grow. There is usually a spectrum of VPS hosting plans from the basic up to Premium with one or two other choices in between.

They differ in the number of domain and sub-domain names you can have, email accounts, and perhaps provide SSL certification at the higher subscription levels. Website building support might be supplied. Usually, hosts use Linux which is the most popular operating system, cheaper than Windows, and an easier service to locate.

Sharing Space

VPS hosting isn’t like sharing a dorm room at college where your roommate’s stuff spills over into yours and you risk either acquiring his dirty socks in your laundry or losing your text books to his mess. Each site remains sectioned off from every other VPS site.

Remember, the VPS system runs on a copy of the original, providing independence, but also limits so that no one crowds the shared server. In other words, if another client suffers from a malware event and has to be fixed, your site still runs.


The mid-range is generally best because there is room to stretch out. Small businesses planning to grow should consider this type of plan with its higher levels of storage and power, even if the owner doesn’t need a lot just now. Some companies provide unlimited room to expand including a provision for as many email accounts as you might need in the future.

Select hard drive (HDD) for more storage room and a cheaper deal but SSD for better speed and more uptime. SSL is necessary too if you will be operating as an e-commerce site. Many companies offer discounts for new customers and also a money-back guarantee ranging from 30 to 90 days.

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