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What is a VPS hosting?

Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a small private server that runs within another bigger server. When one talks about VPS hosting, it simply means hosting service that is offered based on such hardware setup.

What VPS hosting providers do is to split a server into multiple smaller size individual servers via virtualization technology (for example: Ensim, Sphera and Parallels) and rent it out to different customers. Each virtual servers in VPS hosting functions more or less the same as a dedicated server – except that a VPS shares the same hardware. In layman’s term, a VPS account can be understood as a single unit in a condominium (the server that house multiple accounts) where each unit (individual VPS account). While housed under the same building block (the larger server), each of these condominium unit (VPS account) owns their private space (CPU resources allocated by the provider) and personal setup (software setup).

Advantages of VPS hosting

VPS ( virtual private server ) hosting has become a popular offering on the web hosting market as one gets to take charge of their private environment with a much higher degree of control. Here are some of the advantages of VPS shared hosting as compared with its closest counterpart, the shared hosting.

  • With the VPS plan, users get a separated partitioned environment which is independent from your neighbour’s environment.  Each partition has its own operating system and hardware resources which have been predefined.  Each of these partitions behaves similarly as a dedicated server with great degree of control.
  • With a VPS plan, one gets the ability to host unlimited domains at the same time without the need to register for any additional domains. This has enabled the web owner to save the cost of getting any additional domains in this case.
  • Although with the same high level of control provided by both dedicated servers and VPS plan, the clients can get what they need at a much lower price from the VPS plan. This is another key advantage of obtaining VPS plan because consumers always try to look for the best services or features that they need with the lowest possible cost.  This is one of the key attractions of VPS plan which had attracted many new clients.
  • There are multiple free marketing tools which have been incorporated into the VPS plan for the web hosting clients.   Marketing is one of the most important aspects for newly start-up online business owners for the business owners need to find an effective way to get to your potential customers.  This is to make sure the customers are made aware of your products and services effectively. The free marketing tools offered through the VPS plan helps to position your web hosting business competitively in the dynamic web hosting industry.
  • Great feasibility – another great attribute of VPS web hosting, enable many types of external software to be installed on its web hosting template without any known operating issue or performance issue.  Thus it is not surprising at all to find that increasing numbers of web-users have shifted to VPS hosting because of this value-added feature available from VPS software.
  • Each of the separated partition is allocated with its own CPU load, disk space, and RAM Performance which had enabled the functional and performance independency of a VPS. Any activities conducted by your neighbours on his private server will not be impacting the performance or the activities on your private server.  Thus, each of these separate independent domains is equipped with high level of security for good protection.

What to look for when choosing a VPS hosting?

A VPS ( Virtual private server ) will be the right type of hosting platform for those who are looking for a hosting server which is reliable and stable to support their growing and expanding business.  VPS is not only more stable, but it is also being allocated with a larger amount of resources such as the disk space, bandwidth, data speed for its clients as compared to a shared web hosting with limited resources.

Let us review what are the key elements when which we need to focus on when it comes to choosing the right VPS hosting provider.

Memory capacity (RAM)

Memory capacity (RAM) is one of the most important factors in VPS hosting. In fact, RAM allocation often serves as the "price determiner" of the entire hosting package. RAM capacity directly influences the VPS’s efficiency, speed, and power consumption. The important thing to take heed of is that the RAM requirement of VPS will be higher as it has to run on its own operating system unlike shared hosting.

How much RAM does your VPS need?

Generally, a 512MB RAM should be sufficient for a website that just shifted from their shared hosting (assuming that you will be using cPanel or Plesk on your server). However, if you are planning to host many websites and expecting website expansion then 1GB or 1.5GB is highly recommended.

Do place some attention on the "“burstable RAM" capacity. A burstable RAM actually refers to the back up RAM that you can use in case your VPS had used up its allocation.

Why do you need such type of RAMs? Well, think about traffic spike from Digg or StumbleUpon. For example you may purchase 512MB of RAM but the provider offers 2GB in “burstable” RAM. The provider could sustain this because many VPS runs on the same machine and VPS hosting provider normally do not sell the entire available RAM on the machine and thus enabling one VPS o overflow without affecting other VPS. Having "burstable" RAM will help your site get by with less dedicated RAM as you don’t have to prepare back up RAM in case of emergency. As such, this can help reduce your expenses but it is not a good solution as a host would not tolerate VPS which frequently runs beyond its allocation.

Dedicated IP address

When comes to IP addresses, you’ll need at least 2, one for each nameserver.

How much IP address do you need?

Nowadays, VPS providers normally will provide 4 to 6 IP addresses for each account. Two of which will be used for the nameservers whereas 2 others for domains contained in it. How the addresses will be used depends on the customer’s needs. Bottom line, if you don’t have specific needs that require more IP address then 2 should be good enough for you though 4 will be slightly better.

Control panel

VPS providers will normally offer you several options of control panels where the normal ones are either Plesk or WHM/cPanel. These control panels offers similar functionality where they enable you to edit files in the server for a web interface rather than manually and both are equally good. An user-friendly control panel as it makes day to day server management easier – tasks such as adding domains, debugging, and setting up email accounts.

Security protection

Check out if there are any types of security control which are offered by the web host to protect the VPS server as well as the accounts of their clients.  A reliable and highly committed web host offer 24 hours protection and support to their clients.   Assigned technical engineers will be on shift duty around the clock to provide real time assistance to their clients should there are any unexpected downtime due to computer hackers attack or DDOS attack.   With these on-going monitoring and protection in place, many a times, the down-time can be significantly reduced or eliminated all the way.


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