While the standard types of hosting plans will work well for the vast majority of people and businesses, there are those who need a serious upgrade. They need something that has a lot more power, something that gives them the ability to control their resources a lot more fully. What they need is a virtual private server.
What Is a Virtual Private Server?
A virtual private server, or VPS, is when a hosting plan is set up so that a section of the server is partitioned so that that section and its resources are exclusively reserved for one website or one hosting account. For those who have a website that is expected to draw a large amount of traffic, this can become the perfect choice, primarily because it ensures that the resources associated with your hosting plan are specifically allocated to you.
The problem with most shared accounts is that all resources are shared. Thus, if one account is using up most of the streaming or RAM then the other accounts will suffer as a result. They will have less resources available to them. Not true with the VPS account.
How to Choose the Right Account
If you have a website that is expected to have a large number of visitors where you want to ensure that resources are available for them to view your website and use your goods and services, then the VPS may be exactly what you’re looking for. Not only does it ensure that resources are allocated, but also helps to improve your ranking with the search engines as it is viewed as a separate IP address.
This may sound ideal, but you may not know exactly what to look or in a VPS service. The best web hosting companies offering VPS accounts should offer you specific services you can count on. These include:
Reliability – reliability goes far beyond knowing that your files are maintained. It also means that you can ensure that the server is in operation at least 99.9% of the time, that backups are continuously performed, and that connections between database and website are maintained.
Service – you want to company that is willing and ready to work with you. This means that if you have any issues they are available to you 24 hours a day, and handle your needs immediately.
Control Panels – while many web hosting services offer a cPanel as the control panel to gain access to the back end of your server, you may be looking for something a little different. There are other options out there, including DirectAdmin and InterWorx, so you should look for the company that provides you with the control panel you desire.
Just these few options can make your experience with your VPS hosting service a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.