Why choose VPS hosting?
A VPS or virtual private server is part of a physical server housed at the data centre of your hosting provider. The physical server is often split up into different dedicated servers, shared servers and virtual private servers. Basic sites tend to use shared servers. As your site grows and traffic increases, you may want to upgrade to a VPS server. This is because a VPS allows for more customisation and control.
Shared servers are on their way out. This is because some companies pile too many customers onto a web server. The problem then is that other sites on the server can affect your site’s performance. Essentially, all you need is one bad user to negatively impact the entire server. VPS servers, on the other hand, are isolated so you don’t have the same risks associated with a shared server.
With VPS hosting you get complete root access to the server. This means you can alter the server environment to meet your needs. For instance, if you require customised software then it can be installed more quickly and easily because you have control. This might not be possible with a shared server because they are often optimised to meet security and performance requirements and therefore do not support all software packages.
VPS hosting is cheaper than it was just a few years ago. This is due to advances in virtualisation technologies, making VPS an affordable option even for new sites or people just starting out. In many cases, you can get VPS hosting at a similar price to shared hosting even though VPS has added benefits.
Your VPS is hosted within something called a container and a container is allowed a certain number of resources. The good thing about containers is that you can increase or decrease resources as you need without having to worry about technical problems or downtime for your site. This could be an important benefit as your site grows.
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