If you have decided to set up your own website on the internet or you have simply studied what is on offer in the hosting world, you have been looking for everything related to web hosting but you have certainly come across the acronym VPS. If you do not understand what it is and want to know what a VPS is, what it is used for and what its advantages are in relation to web hosting, continue reading this article and let us explain.
FIRST OF ALL, WHAT IS VPS?
VPS is simply an acronym behind Virtual Private Server.
In short, a VPS takes advantage of virtualization technology that allows one powerful server to be “split” into several virtual servers. Each of these virtual servers acts as a complete physical server and this is exactly what makes a VPS an essential service.
The word “Private” also tells you that these are resources reserved for you, so do not share memory, processing power and data with other users as is the case in web hosting where multiple users share the same server.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VPS, WEB HOSTING AND DEDICATED SERVER
1. WEB HOSTING
Web hosting, often called shared hosting, is the most common form of hosting offered and mostly meets the needs of users to host their own websites. You can see a comparison here: Siteground vs Hostgator.
By renting a web hosting account, you get access to your separate account on a server that hosts many other users, and all users share the total resources of the server on which they are located.
Hosting sites on shared web hosting has several important advantages over a VPS or dedicated server:
when you get the bill, everything is ready to use
you can very easily install web applications from the cPanel interface
you simply open email addresses
the server is prepared exclusively for the web hosting service and is specially optimized for better performance
generally easy to operate
bargain web hosting package
Web hosting also has several disadvantages such as:
inability to more advanced system setup (eg MySQL)
resource limit (each account has certain resources – CPU / RAM)
the needs of more advanced users, such as web shops with a large number of visits, quickly outgrow the opportunities provided by the shared environment
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2. DEDICATED SERVER
Dedicated hosting, or dedicated server, is the complete opposite of a web hosting service.
Instead of using server resources with other users, with a dedicated server you have full access to the system and can set up and use the server however you want.
It sounds great and is great, but it also brings with it a far higher price than paying an annual hosting bill.
This type of hosting has specific users, and as a rule these are users who need dedicated resources, such as:
users who have demanding web applications with a large number of visitors
companies that use servers for business applications and databases
users who need specific settings or virtualization
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3. VPS SERVER
VPS servers are a type of service that is located between web hosting and dedicated servers.
It is a service that allows you to use dedicated resources (CPU, RAM, storage) and is extremely suitable for users who outgrow the web hosting environment, but still do not need the power of the entire dedicated server.
By using a VPS, you have many advantages provided by a dedicated server, but for only a fraction of the price of the same.
So with the VPS you get full administrator access and you can configure the server however you want, just like the entire dedicated server.
DO I NEED A VPS?
There are a few things that can help you as an indicator that it is time to choose a VPS as a service.
1. YOUR SAFETY CARES
If you need additional security options such as improved site stability, your own firewall management, privacy due to online payments or similar needs, it’s time to consider VPS hosting.
2. THE NUMBER OF VISITORS TO YOUR WEBSITES IS INCREASING SUDDENLY
In the beginning, the existing Mydataknox web hosting packages are enough for most of our users’ websites.
Often the number of website visitors increases to the extent that the limited resources of the web hosting package become insufficient for quiet operation.
At that point, it’s definitely time to switch to VPS.
3. WEBSITES ARE TERRIBLY SLOW
It should be emphasized that the web hosting service is not intended for web applications that require more resources, such as more working memory.
As the amount of content and number of users on your site grows, you will feel a drop in performance because despite the possible additional memory and additional CPU core web hosting services there are still limitations for each user to ensure service stability for all other users on shared hosting.
By switching to a VPS, you solve all the above problems because you use dedicated resources, and in case you need new resources, you can easily upgrade your VPS to more processor cores, more disk space or more RAM.
4. YOU HAVE A WEB STORE
If you have a web store, especially if you have a large number of users, you should immediately think about a VPS server.
If you’re wondering why, the reason is very simple – a VPS server gives you a secure environment that you manage yourself.
Just paying online is something you definitely want to have privacy and full control over the service.
5. YOU MUST INSTALL YOUR OWN APPLICATIONS
Web hosting is great for website owners, but what when you need a server on which you can install business applications like ERP or special databases?
You need a server with your own OS to run these applications.
Many companies have a need to install business software on a server where employees will be able to connect to a Remote desktop, but the price of a dedicated server is not profitable for them.
In that case, a VPS server is a great solution because it allows you to install the necessary applications on the server and fully manage the server and its resources.
6. YOU HAVE A LIMITED BUDGET
Although dedicated servers are ideal for business needs, the price of the server itself should be kept in mind.
Namely, if you do not need all the power of the entire server, the VPS server is the ideal solution for you, and at the same time it is a significantly cheaper solution than the dedicated server itself.
8. DEVELOP YOUR OWN SOFTWARE OR WEBSITE
Often, VPS users are various developers who need a private work environment available from any part of the world.
Development on a VPS server allows you to work easily and carefree according to your own rules, especially with our cloud backup service that takes care of your data on a daily basis.