VPS web hosting provides an affordable web hosting solution like that of shared web hosting but gives the advanced control and security features that come with a dedicated server. You will pretty much be getting the best of both worlds with VPS hosting. These days, more individuals and businesses are opting for VPS hosting plans in order to take advantage of the increased flexibility in being able to manage their web site but at the same time are availing the maintenance and upkeep provided by the hosting company.
VPS hosting is a little different from shared web hosting. Your web site will be sharing a server with other sites, but the number is hugely smaller than that of shared hosting. Depending on the type of VPS, you may share software or you have the choice of your own. The server administrator is in charge of configuring all the software applications of the web server, and you will not have access to this part of the server. Sometimes, however, the web host will allow you access to install your own software if your server supports it. You will have control over the security of your web server, like you do with a dedicated hosting plan. This is a feature that will be of importance to you if your website deals in any kind of e-commerce. You will be able to make sure that your site is protected from hackers and you will be in charge of maintaining the security of your customer information database. A VPS allows more security than that of a shared server, and so, your customers will be able to be confident that your site is secure and their information is safe with you.
VPS hosting works like this:
A single server is partitioned into different segments for each customer. Each customer essentially will have their own private server as no other VPS on that one server will affect another. So, you have the capabilities of a dedicated server, like increased reliability and resource usage. This type of server is also more stable and secure than a shared server. You will have a greater amount of accessibility to the configuration files of your web server, and of course, you have the usual access to your files via FTP. When you are looking for a VPS plan, you want to be sure that it includes all of these features so that you have more retained control over your own content and web site functions.
VPS hosting also offers more storage space and usable bandwidth than you normally get with a shared hosting plan. You essentially get more for your money, and instead of being limited in what certain space is used for, you can make that choice yourself. A VPS hosting plan is like a middle ground between shared and dedicated hosting. You don’t pay the high cost of a dedicated server but your VPS will be more like one, and your resources aren’t limited like a shared server.