VPS hosting is a method of storing the data for a website on a server so that it is accessible on the internet. VPS stands for virtual private server. VPS hosting takes a single physical server and splits it into a number of different virtual private servers. It is similar, in this respect, to shared hosting but offers a number of benefits that shared hosting generally does not.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at the metrics of VPS hosting, along with some pros and cons, so that you can decide whether or not VPS hosting is the right method for your website.
Benefits of VPS Hosting
The main benefit of VPS hosting, or any method of hosting other than dedicated servers and private servers, is that it is lower cost. You can score basic VPS hosting plans for about $5 a month, which is more than shared hosting but a lot less than other hosting methods.
VPS hosting is the second cheapest method of hosting, depending on how many resources that you pay for. Obviously one of the biggest predictors of cost is not the method of hosting but the amount of resources, data, and support that you are trying to pay for. While shared hosting can be a bit cheaper (only by a couple of bucks a month), VPS hosting offers a number of benefits that shared hosting does not, particularly in the security area.
VPS hosting is very similar in practice to shared hosting. Shared hosting was an early internet solution that split a single server into a number of different website resources. It’s still a popular solution for web hosting today, due to low cost. However, shared hosting solutions can have security issues because there are no hard breaks between the different sites. If one site on the shared server has it’s resources compromised, this can lead to the other sites on the server losing data and being compromised.
While VPS hosting is fast, it uses less resources than many public cloud hosting solutions use. But cloud hosting solutions generally have more dynamic allocations of resources, meaning that if a website is pulling a ton of resources from the cloud and it is overloaded, it can slow down your website. While VPS hosting can have this same problem, the resources are generally allocated differently than the cloud solution. You will lose less speed if someone else is using a lot of resources.
VPS hosting allows for more resources than shared hosting generally allows. A lot of the limitations on scaling won’t come from the type of hosting that you purchase but from the company who services your hosting. Keep this in mind when looking for hosting. Cloud hosting generally offers better scaling options than VPS does, but VPS is better than shared hosting in this respect.
Shared hosting cannot accommodate a lot of customization and software because of the way that the server creates partitions between websites. But VPS hosting creates a number of different virtual private server partitions that, for all intents and purposes, act as individual physical servers. The only drawback is that no hardware modifications can be made.
What is VPS Hosting?
Virtual private server hosting is a method of hosting that splits a single physical server into a number of different virtual server environments. By doing this, the server is a bit more cost effective. It can be a great solution for people looking for more security than a shared security but do not want to pay for a more expensive version of hosting.
A dedicated server will contain a single website or single company’s data on it, and a cloud solution will contain a ton of different companies. VPS hosting is a bit different. It works by splitting a single server. While shared hosting splits a server by pooling all of the resources in a specific spot, VPS hosting creates unique server environments that have hard divisions between them.
How Does VPS Hosting Divide a Server?
You can visualize the way that VPS hosting divides a server differently than the way that shared servers divides servers in a simple way. Picture the dedicated server at the bottom as a single block. This the physical hardware. Some companies pay for the physical hardware itself, getting the whole dedicated server and all of its resources. If you don’t need all the resources, you’re only going to want to pay for some of it.
On top of the dedicated server at base are the emergent server resources. In a VPS hosting environment, the server resources themselves are split into individual instances of those server resources. The divisions between the resources garuntee your site a certain amount of data, which will generally fluctuate less than cloud or shared environments.
In a shared hosting environment, on the other hand, the server resources remain a single block. The dedicated server is at base, and the emergent server resources are a single block. On top of that single block are the shared hosting users–tons of them. Contrast this with a VPS environment, in which one VPS host exists for each split of the server resources. There is a 1 to 1 ratio of server resource instances and VPS instances.
This ratio allows for greater security, more fluid scaling, and more data. These benefits make VPS hosting cost a bit more than shared hosting solutions.
VPS hosting splits a dedicated server into multiple blocks of server resources, and each of these blocks of server resources has a single emergent VPS host on top of it. This differs from shared hosting, which keeps server resources as a single block that is shared among a number of different hosting users.
VPS hosting therefore offers you greater security, more scalability, and more data than shared hosting. It offers you less cost than most cloud and dedicated hosting solutions, although it gives less resources and security than those solutions.