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Virtual private servers have become extremely popular over the last several years. With virtualization technology continually increasing the performance and functionality the trend is expected to continue.
There are plenty of reasons for businesses to host a website or application on a VPS. Using VPS reduces the carbon footprint and enables quick and painless scalability, among many others.
Here is a short list of main benefits that VPS provide, and why they are growing in popularity:
Shared web hosting is quickly going to history, as hosting companies typically oversell their servers and customers end up sharing servers with hundreds or even thousands of other users. In these circumstances reliability of a shared server becomes questionable.
In essence your website’s uptime and performance can be impacted by other websites hosted on the same server, regardless of all your efforts to optimize it. So you should ask yourself are you willing to take those kinds of risks with your websites, especially if it is primarily used for your business.
Higher Level Of Control
Additional benefit of VPS hosting is that you have complete root access to your environment, which means that you do not have to wait for your provider in order to get your custom software package installed.,
It is worth noting that due to multiple users, shared servers are typically optimized for security and performance, and for that reason many of the popular software packages are not supported because of their security limitations. With your own virtual server you get to completely avoid all those issues.
With more and more companies becoming eco aware and looking to reduce their carbon footprint a VPS Hosting can help them achieve this goal.
In comparison, with dedicated server you are taking all the resources of a server – which means you are the only person benefiting from that server’s power consumption. But with a VPS a large and powerful dedicated server is divided into many different virtual environments, and more people get to share the resources of that physical server.
There are websites that are established and do not wary much in the amount of traffic they receive and for those sites this feature has little importance. For others, who are just starting their websites and are expecting them to grow, the ability to scale hosting resources with minimum or no downtime and without technical hurdles is extremely important.
Keep in mind that with VPS your environment is hosted within what is called a container. The container is allocated certain amount of resources, based on your purchased package. If you need more resources, they can be allocated quickly and easily.
With the simple click on a button you can add more RAM if you are expecting a surge of new visitors. With dedicated server hosting this is not possible without a downtime and loss of traffic, as you would need someone to physically install the new RAM into your server.
Great news is that with new developments in virtualization technology VPS are now far less expensive than they were only a few years ago, and the price is only going to decrease.
This makes VPS a valid option for websites of all sizes, even the small ones that are just started.
You can easily start with a small virtual private server, that will cost you almost as much as shared hosting, but with no risk and performance issues that might occur with that hosting type.
If you decide to go with a VPS it is likely you will never walk away from it. It is important however that you choose a reliable provider that will provide easy management and complete control over upgrades and scaling your solution.
Most VPS plans include one of the popular control panels that will provide you with the necessary tools to take care of all your needs regarding maintaining and managing your website.