7 Ways VPS Hosting is Superior for Your Website
BY: MEGAN TOTKA ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Figuring out what type of server should host your business website can be overwhelming. Shared servers don’t allow the privacy and safety that most businesses want, but dedicated servers are too cost-prohibitive.
A great hybrid choice is a virtual private server, or VPS. These servers are physically stored in larger data centers but have a private space with its own disc space and operating system. Only the owner of a VPS can see the data housed there, and is able to reboot it and operate it as wanted. VPS hosting allows more privacy than a shared server, but since it is part of a larger physical server the cost and maintenance are lower.
Here are a few other reasons why you might want to consider VPS hosting for your business:
VPS hosting, particularly SSD VPS hosting, provides faster site loading times than shared hosting. As consumers become more impatient with slow load times, a few seconds really can make a difference in your business’ bottom line over time.
Think of your VPS hosting as a container with leftover food in your refrigerator, in its own isolated spot that is closed off from the rest of the items. There’s no need to buy a whole new refrigerator for that one container, when the cost effectiveness of the shared space makes much more sense. On the other hand, the food surrounding your container can’t access it, and vice versa.
In the same regard, a VPS makes it possible to be completely secure in a shared physical space.
Low Technical Expertise Needed
There is a decent amount of expertise that goes into using a dedicated server. VPS hosting is much simpler and even people with only a basic tech skillset can operate it. Businesses can use the VPS hosting to its maximum potential because the option is generally more user-friendly than dedicated servers.
VPS hosting allows businesses to scale their use as their needs grow. You don’t need to pay for a plan that is bigger than current needs; you can add more bandwidth and features as your business grows.
There is a bit of wiggle room when it comes to using VPS hosting. For example, if your business does not require all of the features that VPS hosting offers, you may not need to pay for them. Businesses can usually customize VPS hosting to have the features they truly need, while not needing to pay for anything additional.
Freedom of Use
With shared hosting comes more limits on what you can control. A VPS server gives you greater control over the server, allowing you to have more access and decision power in what you do with your stored data.
The right VPS hosting service will provide businesses with support that is just as good as shared hosting. There are usually options to choose from between fully-managed services and semi-managed ones, based on your business needs. For small business with technology needs, VPS hosting is an especially good fit.
Knowing that your website is secure, and that you have access to support when needed, is the type of reassurance most business owners seek. VPS offers both and in a more cost-effective way than dedicated servers.
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