It’s no secret that different web hosts have different qualities. It’s even more true when talking about VPS hosting. Things like the availability of customer support and having a host charging the lowest prices around are great and all, but it goes into way more depth than any inexperienced customer would even guess. Say, for instance, you need just a little more bandwidth. Are you going to have to upgrade to a whole new hosting plan and pay for 15 other services you have no use for? What about server location. If both you and your visitors are located in the United States, then why should you have to deal with transferring data halfway around the world to Europe, or Asia? Maybe you know what your looking for on the hardware end of things, but did you ever take a moment to think what kind of software the server has? That is, of course, the software you’ll have learn and use every day you log onto your server.
One of the key features a good VPS hosting provider has is the ability to customize your resources. There are actually providers out there that let you pick and choose exactly the resources that you need in order to maintain your website. What’s good about this is that you’re billed for only the features you use, and not the ones that are worthless to you. Why should you need to upgrade your available disk space when all you needed was a little more RAM? The VPS providers that are willing to listen to what you need are the ones you’re going to want to deal with.
If you’re looking at VPS hosting, then chances are you probably need a pretty fast server. But what happens to all that speed when your hosting is halfway across the earth? You’re going to have to wait for 10 times the amount of computers to respond and route the signal to where you and your website visitors are. Just because a little island off the coast of India can provide the same hosting features and speed as an American host for half the price doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to benefit you. Geographical location is directly related to the time it takes for your site to load, and that’s a very important thing to remember when dealing with the large and complicated applications that call for VPS servers.
Finally, there’s software. All VPS servers aren’t created equally in terms of the availability and functionality of good software. Your not just dealing with a cPanel anymore. That’s all in the past as soon as you step into the world of VPS servers. Chances are, you’re going to be dealing with more than one type of control panel. It’s extremely important to make sure all of these panels can be set up in a way that they all run smoothly together. When you’ve got VPS hosting, you suddenly become in charge of all that. Your control panels can only run as good as you can set them up to be, and if you’re unable to do that then you should start looking for another host.