VPS Hosting: How It Works and How to Choose
Before answering these questions, let’s mention that VPS hosting stands for Virtual Private Server. In a case of VPS hosting, one physical server is shared in several virtual servers where each individual can restart individually. A VPS hosting is actually a “middle step” between shared hosting and a dedicated server where users don’t have to share all of the server resources with other users. Although a physical server where the VPS is located is used by other users, none have access to your “part” of the server nor are allocated part of your server resources, so safety and options with VPS hosting are definitely better than with classic shared web hosting. You can independently add software and applications you need for optimum functioning of your websites.
VPS hosting is usually an “unmanaged” service, which means that you as a user must supervise and run your server – which subsequently implies that a certain level of technical expertise is required. However, there are some VPS hosts that also provide administration and sever managing services.
Make sure what level of client support you get with certain VPS hosting
If you consider VPS hosting, it is very important to know exactly just what you get in terms of technical (client) support. Choosing the wrong package type can be a disaster in case of any problems with your website.
So before you choose any particular VPS hosting server, you must discuss in full detail with the host just what managed service provides (and what it doesn’t) so that you don’t hit the wall if you don’t have an employee who is capable to care for the server side of business (or if you can’t handle this yourself). If you are uncertain that you can administer the server yourself, don’t take an unmanaged service just for the savings – because in the case of technical issues, this will cost you far more then managed service.