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VPS Hosting or Dedicated Hosting

Creating a reliable business image and investing in online marketing is a trend and a must for every business nowadays. The easiest way to present your company is by building a website and promoting it on the internet. It would give you the opportunity not only to attract and access clients, but to inform them and keep them up to date with the new activities of your company and give them the opportunity to leave comments and advice.

So you have decided to do it and step by step you’re getting to know the idea of web hosting. But how exactly does it work? Web hosting is actually where your website stands on the internet. For example, the photos from your last vacation or your favorite playlists are stored on your computer and only you can see them. In other words, you would have to share them additionally so that anyone else could access them. And this is what the web hosting does to your website – puts it on a server, so it is exposed for the public at large (i.e. your website is connected to the internet). You can imagine the server like your computer – it has an operating system, hardware, RAM and so on. Its function is to store your files and operate them. A hosting company is the company, which owns the server, takes care of it and of your data and provides you with additional services (such as malware protection and management) as well. The web hosting providers are offering different types of web hosting, so that the plan you decide to go with is suitable to your site’s characteristic data. When it comes to the technology used for the server, there are four main types of hosting: Shared, VPS, Dedicated and Cloud. The different plans offer different amounts of resources and additional services. For example, the more your site grows, the more space you will need, so you may have to transfer from one type of hosting to another. Most middle sized businesses are wondering whether they should choose a virtual private server (VPS) hosting or a dedicated server hosting, as both of the options have their pros and cons. Then there are other ways to differ the hosting plans, depending on their level of management. So here pops up the next question: Should I go with managed or unmanaged hosting?  If you are searching for the answers to the same questions, the following article will hopefully clear your uncertainties.

The VPS hosting would give you the opportunity to own a virtual server within a shared environment. This means that you’ll share a physical server (hardware) with other users (usually between 10 and 20), but you’ll have control over your own resources like disk space and CPU time. The advantage of it is that the problems of the sites of the other users will not affect your own, which is the major problem of the shared web hosting plans. Your site will be independent and you will receive exactly the resources that you pay for, so your site will perform better, the speed would be optimal and there is little to no chance for you to experience downtime. The resources would be divided between the users and for instance if initially there are 20 GB of RAM, each of the 10 accounts will be provided with 2GB of it. If you manage to exceed the amount of resources you’re given, your site might be unavailable for a moment, but the other websites will be unscathed. A huge benefit of the VPS hosting is that it is scalable – when your site grows and becomes more and more visited, you will be able to increase the amount of the resources you’re using as well. That’s why this option is very suitable for businesses, as it is quite sure that at some point your website will expand. It is good to know that the VPS hosting gives you the opportunity to install whatever apps you like in order to improve the server (or to say it correctly – your part of the server, as this would not affect the other accounts on the machine). Bearing this in mind, you will have the chance to fasten and secure your website as much as you like. This is practical for you if you are a web developer or if you are in the SaaS (Software as a Service) business. You don’t have to worry about the security either – since you won’t be sharing resources with the other users, they will not have access to your confidential data and files. All of the VPS accounts have their own IP addresses and the virtualization layer prevents that any of the users interfere with the other accounts. You will have the opportunity to install apps for malware and virus protection to prevent your site from being hacked. Back in the old days the VPS hosting was used only by people who had some deep IT knowledge, because the only type of VPS back than was unmanaged. This means that all of the technical issues and problems are left in the hands of the server’s owner. Nowadays the web hosting providers offer the so called ‘managed VPS’. In this case you would pay you host to take care of your server. The web hosting company’s administration team would be in charge of every aspect of the server’s configuration, updates and maintenance. You will be able to monitor the usage of resources and save your server from a possible crash. It is clear that such services would increase the cost of the web hosting plan. However, there is a variety of cheap managed VPS hosting plans, which are not only reasonable, but will spare you the time, which you will need in order to maintain your server by yourself. We strongly recommend you to look up our cheap managed VPS hosting plans, so you can decide for yourself. With this type of hosting you will not have to tackle with any limitations other than the usage of resources and this is why it’s great for small and middle sized businesses. The VPS hosting can be looked at as a hybrid between the shared environment and a dedicated server.

And how about a dedicated server hosting? This type of hosting actually gives you the opportunity to own a physical server. This means that you will share neither the resources nor the hardware with any other accounts. You will have full control over the server and the performance of your site will be excellent. You will be given the opportunity to choose the operating system by yourself. The greatest advantage of this type of hosting is its’ flexibility: you are able to modify your server in any way you like. For example the system RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks), which prevents the loss of data due to a hardware failure, requires specific settings of the hardware, which you can easily adjust when you have the freedom of a dedicated server. The security is optimal as well because of the fact, that you’re the only owner of the server. But here comes the problem: with the great freedom comes great responsibility. As an owner of the server you will have to maintain it all by yourself. It will be all up to you if there is a big technical issue and something goes wrong with your site. The updates of the software will be in your hands as well. If you get a fully unmanaged dedicated server you will have to install the OS, take care of virus and malware protection and tackle with all the details. All in all, you either need to have great knowledge about the computer and server technology or you will have to hire a server admin, which would be an additional cost for you. Some of the web hosting providers offer a managed dedicated server, but this increases the price. And so we come to the main problem: price. The dedicated server is way more expensive than the cheap managed VPS, so our advice is to go with this type of hosting only if you really have to modify your server beyond the limitations of the VPS hosting. It is an option recommendable only for websites with a minimum of 100k visitors a month (such as large e-Commerce websites). The solitude comes with another downside – hardware break-down. If this happens with a VPS hosting, the troubled module would be replaced immediately. If you are alone on the server, you will have to wait much longer, especially if the server’s monitoring is in your hands. It is optimal to choose a dedicated server only if you have some specific hardware requirements or if you really insist on having full control over your server’s privacy.

To sum it up, the main difference, which should be considered between the two types of web hosting, is price. You should not make the mistake to think that the fact that you own a server will secure you more power and better results. The dedicated server hosting gives you full freedom and control, however, the VPS hosting meets the needs of many companies and businesses, as not so many sites require the amount of resources of a dedicated server. It would significantly harm the budget if you are paying for resources, which you don’t need and since the VPS is a scalable type of hosting plan, you can adjust the resources you’re provided with to the needs of your website. This is why VPS hosting is usually the most well-balanced hosting plan of all. Not to mention that a high end VPS can work a lot better than a low end dedicate hosting for example and spare you a good amount of money. The technical part should be considered as well – a cheap managed VPS could be great for you and will cost you less than hiring a professional IT specialist or a server admin to deal with the technical details. Both of the plans offer many of the same features such as access to server and supported services. At the end, the choice comes down to your needs – compare amount of resources (like bandwidth, memory and CPU time), take a look at the additional services and conform the costs to your budget in the long term, because this could have a significant impact on your monthly income.

Remember that your online presence is an important factor when running a business. You don’t only need a professional designed website in order to attract customers, you should think about its performance and security as well. Such services depend on your web hosting plan and this plan has to be absolutely suitable with your website in order to provide it with a constant uptime. Choosing the right web hosting plan can be hard, because there are a lot of aspects, which should be considered.  A good maintained website will assure your clients in your company’s reliability. Creating a trustworthy business image on the internet is crucial in the era of technologies and socializing. In other words, this is a way to gain credibility. A website with no downtime secures a constant access to you for your customers 24/7/365 and enables a stable connection between you and them, providing the clients with the opportunity to leave comments and feedback even when you’re offline. Keeping your customers’ information private is essential when building a stable relationship with them and especially if you are running an online shop for example. Every single aspect of these is a factor to be considered when choosing the most suitable hosting plan for you. Remember that creating a client-friendly environment will bring you profits in the future. Your website is the first impression that the online community will have of your business, so it has got to be unique and trustworthy. Try making your site as easy to access as possible and find a web hosting plan to meet all of your needs as well as to guarantee no downtime and a great technical support.

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