VPS Hosting Guide

A virtual private server (VPS) is a physical server that has been divided (using software) into several virtual machines, each acting as an independent dedicated server. The physical resources such as RAM, CPU and disk space are still shared, but each VPS acts independently of the others.

In constant to VPS, shared hosting, all the resources of a single server are shared by multiple users. Shared hosting is ideal for small to medium-sized sites. The downside however that you may have to face is a lack of control over system level software. So if you wish to apply more control over your server environment or want to perhaps use new software, you can get access to this kind of management with a Virtual Private Server.

Benefits of VPS Hosting

The main benefit of a VPS server is allowing each VPS administrator access to the root level of his virtual server. This system allows you to install and delete software, create accounts as well as manage all administrator related functions.
Besides providing you with the reigns of a complete hosting environment, a VPS is also more secure than shared hosting. It is easy for a hacker to gain access to the root of the shared server system and damage all associated websites. A VPS, on the other hand, is divided in such a way that even if a hacker were to gain entry through one account, there is no way to access the others.
There are various ways to set up the Virtual Private Server system. The most commonly used method is to divide all the physical resources by the number of accounts. Therefore, if there are 10 virtual servers, each would receive 10% of the total bandwidth, CPU, memory and disk space.

The downside of VPS Hosting

The major downside of using the VPS system is that if you do know how to handle its technical know-how, things could go completely awry. Hence it is advisable to have enough knowledge of how to administer a server.

When choosing for a VPS host, it is recommended to take the following factors into consideration:

  • Find out how system resources are divided up
  • Find out about the number of VPS accounts on each physical server

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