A Guide to Virtual Server Hosting


When it comes to web hosting, you have a number of options to choose from. However, the answer to the question that which hosting plan would be the right fit for your business depends on the requirements of your website. Though shared hosting works as a great option for the startups  whose website does not attract much traffic, they need to upgrade to another plan once their website outgrows the shared hosting plan. And then comes the choice of dedicated, VPS and cloud hosting.

Here, in this write-up, we are going to discuss all about VPS hosting including what it is, when you should choose it and what makes it a better option. So, let’s come to the point.

So, what is VPS hosting?

VPS hosting is a type of hosting in which the physical server hardware is divided into multiple virtual servers. In this, you will get complete access to your virtual server and you can manage it as per your needs. You will be allocated a separate storage system, operating system, CPU and RAM.

How VPS is different from other hosting types?

To be straightforward, VPS is the version of shared hosting and the previous of dedicated hosting. If you are looking for a plan that would provide you with the separate resources, faster page speed, and enhanced security at an affordable cost, then VPS is the right choice for your business.

Talking about the difference between shared hosting and VPS hosting, in shared hosting the resources (including CPU, RAM and Disc Space) are allocated by the host. Though you are given your own resources, the availability may vary in case the needs of the users on the same server increase. But in VPS hosting, you are given your own server and resources which cannot be used by any other user. Another major difference is that in virtual server hosting, you are given the root access to the virtual server so that you can handle all the modifications on your own.

Furthermore, the dedicated and VPS server hosting are almost the same. The only difference is that you are given access to the whole server in case of dedicated hosting, while a part of the server is allocated to you in virtual server hosting. Dedicated server hosting is much expensive than VPS hosting and thus, it is recommended only for those websites that have high traffic and need more resources on a daily basis.

Advantages of VPS Hosting

  • Control

With VPS hosting, you get complete control over the server. You can install any server applications anytime, even if it requires you to restart the system. No doubt technically you share the main server with other users, but you can restart your own server anytime and it will not affect other servers.

  • Customization

Not only you can install the required applications on your server, but you can also customize the server applications (Apache, MySQL, PHP) as per your needs. Thus, you are given complete control for customization.

  • Privacy

As mentioned earlier, in virtual server hosting, you share the main server, but you have separate resources like RAM, OS, and CPU. And as you have a separate operating system, no other user can access your files.

  • No neighbour effect

On a VPS server, you have a particular amount of RAM allocated to you only and you can use it anytime. No other user on the server can utilize the RAM allocated to you and thus, there will be no neighbour effect.

A thing you need to note is that the specs of virtual server hosting vary from host to host. So, you should ask your host about the features you are looking for.