Let there be no question – your website deserves the best hosting possible.
However, choosing VPS plans can get a lot confusing than it seems at first.
First, you need to consider your budget. Second, the resource needed by your business and the amount of reliability and customer support you are yearning for your business. A VPS can comfortably accommodate most things that your business will need but there are a few nuances that you should know while choosing one.
One of the most pressing questions we hear these days is “why do people choose VPS?”
While there are several reasons behind the same, the number one contender is the cost. VPS services are five to seven times cheaper than a dedicated server. This means it is ideal for medium and small scale enterprises that cannot afford expensive dedicated servers. Further, it offers more control and security than its younger sibling, shared hosting.
Shared hosting servers are notorious as they often undergo downtime, affecting the loading speed of websites associated with it. So is not the case with VPS. In virtual private servers, the resources allotted to you are for your website only. The activity ongoing on another website has little to no impact on your website.
What is VPS Hosting?
In layman’s terms, VPS is a server within a server. The provider takes a dedicated server, partitions resources, and allots each of them to a different client. This way, you get your own private space, even though you are technically sharing the server with several clients.
Like we mentioned earlier in the blog, Virtual Private Server is a tad bit more expensive than shared servers despite the fact that it offers almost similar services. Before you opt for a VPS plan, it is important that you consider the assets that your website will need to use.
Don’t overshoot your needs and be realistic. Meticulously go through each plan before you make a choice. Make sure to hit the correct balance of cost and resource.
A 24/7 customer support is essential if your business needs the flexibility and round the clock support. Most hosting companies offer support via a ticketing system. Tickets are generated either through email or via a ticketing window. While tickets are more than good for minor problems, during an event of an emergency, you would want to get in touch with the technical team instantly.
So, when exploring VPS hosting plans, double-check whether the host has instant phone support. If yes, make sure your other requirements are satisfied, and if not, you need to expand the horizon of your search.
Managed and Unmanaged
Even if the host offers 24/7 customer support, it might not be worth the effort. Most hosts that I know of are either completely managed or unmanaged. Thus, more than half the arguments in your decision-making should involve the host being managed or unmanaged.
With managed VPS hosting, the provider takes care of all the issues that can arise on your server. This can greatly decrease the amount of workload on your IT team. Updates, fixes, and server monitoring become the host’s liability to deal with. Thus, unmanaged hosting is perfect for non-technical customers and those who do not have enough skills to set up and configure the server.
The access to the root is limited in most servers. For example, the cloud provides access to only essential functionalities. A non-technical user may not note any difference when provided or barred with the root login but for proficient server administrators, it can make all the difference of the world.
Root gives you control of the administrator panel, giving its admin added control of the server. It is with root access that you can host multiple websites on the same server, install disallowed third-party apps, and games without any restriction.
Put simply, the root is the right to gain absolute control of the server.
Most people prefer VPS because it offers them an isolated environment. This adds to the amount of security you have on your server. Shared hosting, with hundreds of websites on a single server, is susceptible to outside attacks due to multiple entry points (more the number of websites on a server, more the entry points and more vulnerable the server gets).
Though all VPS share more or less the same security settings, not all virtual private servers are created equal. Some providers focus too much on server security, while some on customer support.
Depending on whether the security is of the essence or not, you can choose hosts with pre-configured security settings. If your business demands essential details from your clients – name, age, credit card details – prefer the more secure option.
We hope to have clarified how one should choose VPS hosting. If you need further information on the same, make sure to drop us an email or comment and we will reply to you quickly.