Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a kind of hosting service that allows its users to have a dedicated-like environment in a shared server. For starting webmasters or website owners, if the first step is a shared hosting service, then VPS can be considered as the next step.
If this is your first time using a VPS or if you’re moving from shared hosting, it’s important to know and understand how it works. For those moving from a shared hosting service, you’ll find that there are a lot of differences between the two. First of all, even a cheap windows VPS hosting is more expensive than a shared hosting service, but in return, it will offer you more power, performance and control over your server.
When you are in a virtual private server (VPS), each website is hosted on a private server in a more powerful hardware.
Technically, you still share resources from one big server to other users, however, unlike shared hosting, you have an allocated amount of resources. To explain it further, in a shared hosting environment, every website pulls resources from one entire pool. So for example, if one website uses a lot of resources, other websites might be starved and cause degraded performance. This basically means that your website’s performance is impacted depending on how many websites are there on your server and how much resource they use.
A website hosted on a VPS on the other hand has its own dedicated amount of resources that other websites can’t access. You still share one big server to other users, but unlike shared hosting, you have your own private space where all resources are all yours to use. No matter if your neighboring website uses a lot of resources, it will never affect you at all.
If we can compare the big server on a cake, in a shared hosting environment, everyone can take how much they want, so competition arises. On a VPS environment on the other hand, the cake is sliced equally (depending on your chosen size or specifications in VPS terminology) for each one. That makes VPS a “fair share”.
Why Switch to VPS?
There are reasons as to why would you want to switch to VPS. But there are also good reasons why NOT to switch. If you’re just starting to build your website, a shared hosting is more than enough, but if you think you need more power, then you might consider upgrading your hosting plan to VPS. Here are the top three reasons to switch from shared to VPS:
- Heavy Traffic – once you reach a certain amount of daily visitors, your shared hosted website will begin slowing down so you should switch to VPS.
- Stability and security – if you need a consistent amount of resources or you want to implement a more advanced monitoring and backup solution.
- Control and root access – on a VPS, you can be a super user or an administrator, allowing you to install additional software to your server.
And that’s about it. Now you know how VPS works.