How to pick the best VPS Web Hosting
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. VPS hosting gives you the advantages of a dedicated host at the price of shared webhosting.
I recently switch from semi-dedicated hosting to VPS hosting on the recommendation of my coder.
My old host shut down some of my custom-written online software (how rude) because my members were using it so much. Plus my old host had a lot of downtime. I made the switch last week and so far so good.
My site loads faster than ever and I’ve yet to experience a single glitch. The best part is my “server load” is barely noticeable (a reading of .01 — just checked)… sweet!
Many of my clients and subscribers make the mistake of going with shared hosting from companies like GoDaddy. That’s great if you’re running a hobby website that gets little traffic. But if you’re running a real online business, shared hosting is a HUGE mistake…
… For example if one careless site owner runs a script that crashes the server, your site goes down too (even if you had nothing to do with it).
Also, if a fellow site owner leaves some security holes open, your site might get hacked too – because with shared hosting, you’re sharing the same hardware and software.
Whether your current web hosting setup
Is dedicated or shared, you might think about making the switch to VPS. By upgrading from shared hosting to VPS, you’re going to see a significant speedup of your webpages (which is important for both SEO and a great visitor experience).
If you pay for dedicated hosting, you might reconsider that option, too.
You might be paying way too much for your needs. It’s kind of like getting an 8-cylinder turbo when 4 cylinders might fit the bill… and the bill is going to be significantly less each month.
Dedicated hosting sets you back at least $120 monthly (and that’s super cheap… it’s more like $200+ each and every month). Reliable VPS hosting starts at $49.
Side-by-side comparisons of shared hosting vs. VPS hosting are typically biased. With shared hosting, you’re “told” you get to store 50 or 100 gigabytes worth of data storage, where as VPS hosting currently offers you 20 to 30 gigabytes of web hosting space.
Shared hosts offer this because they know most of their customers won’t use even one gigabyte worth of space. On the other hand, a VPS actually allocates 20 to 30 gigabytes worth of space (depending on the plan you choose) whether you use it or not.
It’s always there for you. It allows you to grow without paying for dedicated hosting.
Here are the top 5 advantages of VPS server hosting vs. the lower-cost shared hosting:
VPS accounts are insulated from each other, minimizing the risk of unauthorized access from hackers as well as other customers. The isolation of your account also minimizes the risk of being impacted by a DoS attack that was intended for someone else.
All resources are regulated in the VPS environment… so one customer can’t “hijack” a large share of the resources. As a result, your service runs reliably and predictably.
Each VPS account has its own private mail server. This eliminates the risk that your mail service will be blacklisted due to abuses of others sharing the same mail service.
Install your own web software
WithVPS, you have your own partition and root access… this gives you the ability to install applications not offered as standard by your web host. Everything from forums to blogs to custom scripts are easy to install.
Easy to customize
Some applications require that certain ports and/or protocols be opened or closed in the firewall. With shared hosting, custom firewall configurations are not advisable for security reasons.
But with VPS hosting, custom firewall configurations are allowed because each website is separated by a software partition.
Grow without hassle
Your entire website environment can be restored from backup to any physical server with no changes to your configuration. You can also easily downgrade or upgrade your service with no downtime.
With virtual private server web hosting, you get your own secure hosting environment… complete with root access (SSH) and the ability to install and configure whatever you desire within your environment.
Although there is more than one virtual server on each machine, there is no way for other users to see your VPS (or even know that you’re there).
Think of hosting like an apartment building. If you have dedicated hosting, you own the entire building. With VPS server hosting, you rent a single apartment within the building.
Each “unit” (Virtual Private Server) is identical in size, but they all share resources. It’s like a co-op… everyone sharing electricity, RAM memory and disk space. Even the maintenance is done sharing a “superintendent” (like a maintenance man).
VPS hosting is really no different than semi-dedicated hosting. (In fact I have no idea what the difference is – it sounds like semantics to me quite frankly.) Popular programs such as mySQL and PHP is preloaded and ready to go.
There is one negative about VPS hosting… say goodbye to catchall emails. You have to setup an email account for each email you have.
At first, this annoyed me as I track my subscriptions to stuff… for example, if I registered with Amazon.com, I supplied amazon [at] marketing-ideas.org as my email… and the catchall would redirect to my main email address.
But now that this feature isn’t available with VPS, all of those worthless marketing pitches never reach me anymore — freeing up a boatload of time scanning my emails each morning.
If you’re looking for a recommendation for a VPS host, I currently use InMotion Hosting in Marina Del Ray, California.
They were rated the #1 host by HostJury and I’m so far impressed with them… my calls into tech support were amazingly fast… even the sales rep are technically savvy (I’m not used to this). I say “so far” because if things go downhill, I’ll revoke my recommendation here.
Feel free to call my contact there (his name is Matt) – the call is free at 888-321-4678. Once you call, press the number 9, followed by Matt’s direct extension of 859.