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Although Virtual Private Servers are gaining popularity they are still a source of confusion for some businesses. The main reason for this is the fact that this hosting type is a combination of dedicated server hosting and shared hosting.
Those that do not fully understand the term cannot be sure if VPS hosting will suit their hosting needs. In order to provide some insight here are some pros and cons of virtual private server hosting that should help you decide if VPS is the right choice for your business.
A virtual private server is a virtual partition of a larger powerful server that has its own operating system, disc space and bandwidth. The physical server used for VPS resides in a data center and is divided into various spaces that create its own virtual server. VPS users see only their virtual environment and can reboot their server or use it as if it was their own dedicated server.
In essence the virtual server acts just like a dedicated server even though it is only a part of one physical server. This makes it a good solution for websites that will at one point require a dedicated server but are not there just yet. VPS hosting can also be viewed as a bridge between shared hosting and dedicated hosting.
Growing number of customers are choosing VPS as with it they get more control over their environment than with shared hosting. The control is the key reason even for those that do not need all of the resources allocated within a VPS. Those website owners consider the control worth that additional expense.
VPS is also a good choice for those who would like to have a dedicated hosting but are not sure of the technical knowledge it requires. In these cases VPS hosting is a good starting point. Over time they can increase their skill set without committing to a costly dedicated hosting contract.
There are pros and cons to any web hosting type, as each type is suited for a specific list of requirements. Among many advantages that come with hosting your site on a virtual private server we have listed the following:
In short VPS hosting is an ideal solution as it provides services typically associated with dedicated servers but without the full price of one. However you should be aware of the following:
Virtual private server hosting is a great midpoint between dedicated and shared hosting. The main advantage of VPS is complete control over your virtual environment, the same that you would have with a dedicated hosting package but for far less.
As for the issues that may be encountered they can easily be combated by choosing a reliable provider that handles VPS correctly. If you find a reliable host and can afford to spend slightly more on your hosting plan than VPS is a great option for you.