The VPS FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Virtual Private Servers

Those who have done a little reading about virtual private servers are usually intrigued by the low-cost option of having their own dedicated space on a web server to use as they please, without having to share resources with dozens or even hundreds of other clients.

However, the idea of having to manage and administer your own section of a server can seem a bit intimidating at first, if you don’t choose a managed VPS hosting plan. To set your mind at ease, here are some of the most commonly asked questions about virtual private servers and SSD VPS hosting.


Q: Do I really need a VPS?
A: If you’re asking the question, you probably do. The needs of most business websites quickly outstrip the resources available on a shared hosting account, and the increased flexibility and security of a virtual private server allow companies to configure their websites for maximum performance and ROI, at a cost that’s only slightly higher than that of shared hosting.


Q: Why is VPS hosting more secure, if there are still other clients on the same server?
A: There are three reasons. First, there will only be a few other clients on the server, as opposed to the dozens (or more) using a box configured for shared accounts. Second, those few clients will be most likely be reputable businesses like yours, and not just anyone who walks through the door looking to buy hosting. Finally, your VPS is a private section of the server protected with special virtualization safeguards and is much more secure than a simple shared account.


Q: Are there different levels of storage and processing power available for VPS hosting?
A: Absolutely. Most good hosting providers will offer a number of different packages to choose from.


Q: What is the difference between VPS and SSD VPS hosting? Do I need SSD VPS?
They’re the same thing, except for the way that data is stored. A traditional VPS (or any hosting setup) will use hard disc drives for storage, as computers have for many years. More modern SSD VPS hosting uses solid-state storage, which is more reliable and faster; some providers will charge a little more for SSD hosting but most won’t. You don’t need it, just as you don’t need power steering in your car. But it will make a big difference in the performance of your server.


Q: How hard will it be to administer and run my VPS?
A: Not as difficult as you probably imagine. If you have Linux VPS hosting, you can use a web-based control panel to easily perform most necessary functions, although companies with an IT professional on board will have root access and can work through SSH. If you decide on Windows VPS hosting, most functions are simple to perform via remote desktop access on any Windows PC, with an interface that works almost exactly like any Windows machine. Most providers will offer both Linux VPS hosting and Windows VPS hosting. Many also offer “managed” VPS hosting, if you don’t feel comfortable administering your own box.


Q: Which is better?
A: For most usage, Linux VPS hosting is considered more secure, versatile and stable. Companies which need to run Microsoft applications on their server, or prefer the familiarity of Windows, should use Windows VPS hosting.


Q: What happens if my business website needs outgrow my VPS?
A: It’s easy to upgrade VPS hosting packages if you need more resources, and you can always move to a dedicated server if you grow big enough to need one.

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