How A Virtual Private Server Can Benefit
The debate of having a shared or dedicated hosting package for your website is one that is ongoing. Both have their advantages and deciding on the best choice for you will depend largely on your business requirements. In general, dedicated server hosting is more expensive. It often also requires more technical expertise. When looking at it from this perspective, many business owners ask, “Is it really worth it?” Let’s look at dedicated server hosting in more detail and the benefits associated with it.
What Is a Virtual Private Server?
By simple definition, a virtual private server hosts just one client on a multi-use server with their own root access. Compare this to a shared server where there can be hundreds of websites on a single server and you can immediately start to see the benefits of having a virtual private server. While a virtual private server has only one client, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can have only one website. In fact, for large companies where there are multiple divisions, it is often more cost effective to host several domains on a virtual private server than it is to host each one on a separate shared server.
When Would You Choose a Virtual Private Server?
Typically, virtual private servers are used by companies with a large web presence. They may have exceeded their capacity on a shared server and have more technical requirements for their website that cannot be accommodated on a shared server. If you are looking at the options of virtual private servers then it is probably because you have a large capacity website. You may also want to customize certain aspects of the hosting on the server. Most shared servers don’t allow for customization so if this is important for your business, virtual private server hosting may be your only other alternative. What prevents most companies from having virtual private servers is that they are generally much more expensive. This is why usually only larger businesses make use of them. While you may have started out hosting your website on a shared server, you may get to the point where your business has grown sufficiently and a virtual private server or dedicated server starts to make more sense.
What Are the Benefits of a Virtual Private Server?
There are many benefits to having a virtual private server. Often, when you weigh them up compared to the higher cost, they still make a convincing argument. A great advantage of a virtual private server is the higher level of security on the server. Because your business is separated from the server, if you are vigilant about your security systems and anti-virus software, this greatly reduces the risk of infection. Compare this to a shared server. You can be diligent about protecting your website but someone else on the same server might not be. This means that they could fall prey to a virus or spyware which could then inadvertently affect your website as well just because it is on the same server. With a virtual private server, you almost completely eliminate the risk of this happening. In general, you have a much more secure hosting platform.
A second benefit is the level of customization available on a virtual private server. Often, the technology that you can use on a shared server is limited because it needs to conform to a shared interface. However, on a virtual private server, you have the freedom and flexibility to set up your website using whatever technology and scripts work best for you. This means that if you have advanced technical knowledge, you can go into a great amount of detail on the back end of the website and incorporate whatever technology works for you.
Often with virtual private servers, you get a higher level of customer service from your hosting provider. You have access to their technical expertise to help you troubleshoot when you have problems with your website. Because you are a more valuable client, hosting providers usually go the extra mile to make sure they are meeting your needs.
Another benefit of having a virtual private server is stability. With a virtual server, you have much more control over what is processed on the server. In this way, you can ensure that you have maximum uptime for your website. On a virtual private server, your website will be unaffected by other websites or hosting clients. You can control what scripts and processes you run to ensure that the website functions optimally. On a shared server, your uptime can often be affected by things that are beyond your control. With a virtual private server, you do not need to worry about this.
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