VPS Hosting: Is It The Best Solution For You?

When choosing a web hosting package, you might get a little overwhelmed at first, especially if you’re not all that familiar with the often intricate differences between them. We’re here to help you out with that. You basically have two main options. You could go, first of all, with what’s called “shared” hosting. This is just what it sounds like. With shared hosting, your files and other resources are stored (hosted) on the same server (computer) as those of many other hosting clients. For most small business, this is actually fine. The other option is that you could have your own computer in a remote location (server) to store your resources on. That’s, as you might have guessed, called “dedicated” hosting.

Movin’ On Up

Think of VPS “virtual private server” hosting as a hybrid between the two. Though your server will technically be hosted on the same computer as that of some other clients, you will still have your own “virtual hardware” on which you can run your own distinct operating system. This affords you more power and flexibility than a traditional shared hosting plan, but isn’t as expensive as a dedicated hosting, thanks to the savings afforded by reduced hardware maintenance and energy costs. This is generally an ideal option for most businesses. It’s kind of like having your cake an eating it too!

How To Tell When You’re Ready To Upgrade

If you’re just running one web site with primarily HTML based content, then a shared hosting account is going to be more than sufficient to meet your needs. Let’s say, however, that you’re, a freelance web designer and you have built up a growing clientele. Let’s further say that you’re starting to experience some problems with some of your sites because some of the other customers on your shared hosting account are hogging all the resources. It may be time to make the move. Of course, that’s not the only imaginable scenario in which making the transition to a VPS package would be a good idea. Let’s look at a few general rules of thumb you can go by that will help you tell when you’re ready regardless of what kind of company you’re running.

A Few Good Rules of Thumb to go By

If you have a much larger than average total volume of files, that’s a good sign right off the bat that a shared hosting account may not be sufficient for you. Another good indicator that it might be time to upgrade, which we alluded to earlier, is if you host multiple web sites. While this is possible on a shared hosting plan, it’s much smoother and easier (not to mention more professional) on a VPS account. This latter fact is particular true when some (or all) of those web sites run a fair amount of dynamic content. Of course, if across your family of sites you expect a large volume of traffic, but not necessarily all the time, then that’s a perfect scenario for a VPS account.

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