It’s been a while since we talked to you on our blog about the different types of web hosting plans that existed, so today we are going to delve a little deeper into the subject. In this article, we explain what a VPS or virtual server is, what it is for, and when it can be the best solution for your website.
What is a VPS and what is it for?
A VPS or Virtual Private Server is the result of a virtual partition of a web server. In this type of hosting, you are not the owner of the physical server in its entirety (also called a dedicated server), but you simply have a part of it.
In this mode, your account is totally isolated and you do not share resources with the other users of the server. In this way, the RAM memory or space is guaranteed, which provides you with a higher level of performance, stability, and security to host your website.
We can also say that a VPS or virtual server is a type of web hosting plan with characteristics superior to a shared hosting plan, but without having full control of the dedicated server.
Important: In addition to the term VPS or virtual server, it is very common to refer to this web hosting service as VPS hosting, VPS server, virtual machine, or virtual private server.
How does a VPS differ from shared hosting?
As we have said, a VPS is a type of web hosting that is halfway between a shared hosting plan and a dedicated server.
What does this mean? Unlike a shared hosting plan, in a virtual private server, you have exclusive and guaranteed resources for you, without the activity of the other users of the server affecting your website. Therefore, it is a dedicated and independent space, just for you.
Greater power and performance
In addition to guaranteed resources, generally, a virtual private server has more space and RAM than a web hosting plan, so it is more suitable when you want to host a more advanced project or a website with a lot of traffic.
And it is more flexible!
The other main difference between a VPS and shared hosting is that a virtual server is much more flexible. You can use the operating system you want, install applications, or custom software, which gives you greater freedom.
When is a virtual server the best option?
As we have already seen, a VPS server provides you with more resources than a shared hosting server, so when you have a website with a lot of traffic, an e-commerce with many products, or a dropshipping business, it may be the most appropriate solution.
If you have several web pages, a VPS server can also be a very good option. You can centralize all your projects in the same service and not have a shared hosting plan for each page. It is a good way to save a few euros a year.
Of course, if you are going to start with your website, it is a small project or you do not have much technical knowledge, we recommend that you first start with an SSD hosting plan. You will always be in time to upgrade to a higher plan such as VPS hosting and it will be much easier when managing it.
4 reasons to hire a VPS or virtual server
I’m sure you’ve reached this post because you’re still not sure that a VPS hosting is the service that suits you best for your website or, you don’t know what it is and you want to clear up your doubts a bit. So if I’m right, I hope this can help you.
Here are 4 reasons that will help you know if it is time to hire or switch to a virtual server:
1. More resources, more power
We saw it before. One of the main advantages compared to a shared hosting plan is that VPS hosting has more resources and these are guaranteed. So, if you are looking for a powerful service that meets the demands of your website, a virtual server perfectly meets the requirements.
2. Higher performance and safety
Although thanks to isolation systems such as CageFS in shared hosting plans, security is no longer a problem, it is true that virtual servers offer you a plus in performance and security.
In the case of our VPS hosting plans, they are protected by an anti-DDoS system and next-generation firewalls to prevent and block any possible external attack.
3. Greater independence
In addition to having the possibility to choose both the control panel you want to use, as well as the operating system or any other application you want to grow, we say that a VPS hosting gives you greater independence because you can take control of your service and manage it yourself.
Remember, if you want to hire a VPS, you will have two possibilities: manage it yourself or choose professional management. If you delegate the administration to us, our team takes care of motorization, optimization, service updates, maintenance, etc. Therefore, if you do not have much experience in this, this is the best option.
4. SSH access allowed
Although it is true that you also have SSH access available (also known as Secure Shell) in our web hosting or SSD hosting plans, the options are more limited.
In a VPS hosting you can access the server remotely to issue commands that allow you, for example, to perform any of these actions:
Install a VPN or virtual private network
Use any programming language
Install any software
Edit any system settings
Make custom configurations according to your needs