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A Beginner’s Guide to VPS Hosting

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If you’re just beginning to find new hosting options for your business, you’re in good company. There’s something to be said about new things. You tend to be more open to learning more. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at what a beginner should know about finding the right VPS hosting solution. We’ll take it step by step. By the end, you’ll be pretty host savvy.

What Is VPS Hosting and How Does It Work?

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. Simply put: it’s a dedicated server that can be accessed from anywhere. However, it’s only accessible by you and your team. Each server involved is divided to provide full network access to authorized users. A VPS is generally served through a hosting company that provides access to any number of other clients through the same data center. It provides a nice balance between shared hosting and private hosting with a lot of flexibility in bandwidth, resources, and cost.

And the market is growing. According to Allied Market Research, global subscriptions to VPS computing will reach an estimated $8.39 billion by 2026.

VPS, Shared, or Dedicated?: Why Does Server Choice Matter?

Whether you’re a true beginner (welcome!) or an established web content user, web hosting options can be confusing. Never fear! We’re going to explore what separates a true VPS server from a shared hosting solution and a dedicated server hosting plan.

A shared hosting solution is exactly what it sounds like. Your company and others are sharing access to the same server resources. Shared hosting is often cheaper, but the data speed and performance are largely out of your control. If another site using the same server uses an excessive amount of content that sucks up data, your site will suffer. Similarly, if another site from the server experiences damaging traffic or attacks, your site will likely also be damaged or attacked.

In a VPS hosting solution, you and your host will work together to determine best practices for resource usage. Many companies will allow you to adjust data speeds to control costs or to increase the reliability of your site.

A dedicated server is a whole different ball game. Everything about this type of server is yours: no sharing, no limits, maximum speeds. The downside for many small companies? The costs. Dedicated private servers can be prohibitively expensive. Additionally, upgrades and fixing vulnerabilities will require a dedicated IT professional to diagnose and install. If you can swing it, dedicated might just be the right way to go!

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Managed or Unmanaged?: Who Holds the Keys Anyway?

Regardless of the type of hosting server your organization chooses, it’s still important to understand what a hosting service will do for you. When we talk about a managed versus an unmanaged VPS, it all comes down to who does the heavy lifting.

If your organization is just starting out or relatively small, chances are that you don’t have the flexibility to put one person in charge of the network itself. This is where a managed VPS comes into play. In a managed plan, the hosting company handles a lot of the startup and ongoing tasks. 

This includes uploading software, troubleshooting access problems, and managing system updates. Of course, the level of responsibility should be clearly written in your service agreement. The host will provide you with tools to manage your network while also providing support.

If the opposite is true, an unmanaged VPS plan is likely the route for you. Unmanaged plans are designed to be placed in the hands of more seasoned IT professionals who understand the ins and outs of servers. These plans will be cheaper but they will contain less pre-loaded software and security features.

What Does a VPS Do Anyway?

When you consider everything that we’ve looked at so far, understanding the limitations of a VPS solution is important. VPS hosting is a more cost effective choice than a dedicated server. The overall monthly cost depends on the level of service provided. Some hosts will cost as low as $10 and dedicated servers will cost as low as $100. VPS hosting will also provide a lot of flexibility and scalability that meets the needs of your website. The sky is the limit when it comes to the content you release.

Need a Development Space? Look No Further than Your VPS

One of the fun things about having a private server is flexibility to use the space–when and how you use it. As an organization that is going to continue growing and moving forward, why not test? Establishing a development space on your network can lead to improvements for you, your team, and your content. Many organizations will devote a part of their server space to sandbox functions.

A sandbox allows members of your team to share new and experimental projects with the internal team for feedback and usability testing. These projects will not be available to the general public and can be used to determine preparedness to be published publicly. Sandbox files are also a way to learn or brush up on skills. Many companies building training regions of their servers to onboard new employees in realistic ways but without negatively impacting production.

Ready to Become a VPS Client? Contact Solar VPS!

The team at Solar VPS has been working with new and existing VPS clients since 2005. Our experts know what it takes to build a safe, reliable space for your company. We are ready to  build a custom solution no matter what operating systems you use: Windows, Linux, iOS, or a mix. Our team is ready to show you exactly what it takes to host your content safely, securely, and effectively. Contact us today!

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