VPS hosting is the type of web hosting in which a single server is divided into several parts and each part is leased separately. With modern virtualization technology this process has become very efficient. Today's virtual servers have their own operating systems and software applications. Each virtual machine can be rebooted independently. In other words each VPS acts like a small dedicated server. Security is far more superior than shared servers. Before this technology hosting a website was very costly for medium sized websites which couldn't be accommodated on shared machines. If traditional hosting plans are not sufficient for your websites then a VPS is your best bet.
Here are some other benefits of virtual private server hosting:
A lot of web hosting companies provide reseller tools, including robust billing software, website builder and free templates, with their virtual servers. These tools allow you to resell extra resources to third parties. Many webmasters use this technique to cover a portion of their costs.
VPS hosting is far more reliable than shared hosting. On a shared server if one website gets a traffic spike then all websites slow down and the whole server might crash. This not the case with a VPS, in which the owner gets a guaranteed amount of resources. In addition to that, a decent amount of burstable memory is also provided which makes sure that websites keep running even if the guaranteed amount of memory runs out.
Flexibility and Security:
VPS allows you to install security software of your choice. You can set up the best firewalls and anti virus programs available on the internet. Also, you can install any operating system that you like. However, keep in mind that every VPS hosting plan doesn't provide these capabilities. You must have root access in order to perform these tasks. Like dedicated hosting there are two different types of VPS hosting namely managed and unmanaged. In unmanaged hosting the host grants you root access to your machine and you are responsible for its upkeep and maintenance. Managed hosting is the exact opposite of that.
Web hosting plays an important part in the success of a website and a poor hosting plan can have a negative impact on your site's SEO rankings, user experience and speed. If conventional hosting is insufficient for your online business then upgrading to a virtual private server is the next logical step.
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