What Is a VPS

1.0 Introduction to Virtual Private Servers

You might have started your web hosting journey on a shared server. However, now you have medium-level traffic that exceeds the limits of that plan. So, it’s time for an upgrade. Sure, you can go for a dedicated server. But, if you want to save a few bucks, finding the best VPS is the better alternative. While shared and dedicated hosting are two opposites, you can find Virtual Private Servers somewhere in between.

In this guide, you can find everything you need to know about VPS hosting. First, what does the term refer to? Why should you consider a VPS solution? Furthermore, which type of VPS is the proper choice for your needs and budget? You can learn about all features, potential use cases, and components of a VPS, along with the requirements of a quality provider.

After reading the complete guide, you’ll get the answer to the question – Is a VPS the right solution for your website?

In this section, we’ll cover the basics of Virtual Private Servers. You can learn how a VPS works, how it compares to other web hosting types, what are its different types, pros, and cons. Furthermore, you can find indicators if/that a VPS is the right solution for your needs. We’ve specified several potential use cases of VPS hosting, along with recommendations on what to look for in a provider.

 

1.1. What Is a Virtual Private Server (VPS)?

VPS stands for a Virtual Private Server. The term consists of three words, each having its specific meaning and importance:

  • Virtual: a virtualization technology that splits one physical server into multiple virtual servers. In turn, a single piece of physical hardware functions like several separate servers on the Internet.
  • Private: each user with a VPS gets “reserved” resources, such as RAM or CPU, not having to share them with other users.
  • Server: a powerful, physical computer that stores all your website’s data and files. It ‘serves up’ your website when a visitor types your domain in their web browser.

Sure, this was a superficial explanation. So, let’s get into more details. Fast forward, a VPS combines the best aspects of a dedicated server and shared hosting.

Important: VPS hosting mimics dedicated server environments within a shared server.

A VPS refers to a virtual operating system within a parent physical server. As mentioned above, VPS uses specialized virtualization technology, called a hypervisor, to split the hardware with virtual layers into separate virtual servers. In turn, it allows users dedicated (private) resources within a shared environment.

Question: What are the benefits of using a hypervisor? Why does VPS rely on this technology?

Answer: First, hypervisors allow virtual machines to be created instantly, easily providing resources for dynamic workloads. Hypervisors are also cost- and energy-efficient because they fully utilize the resources of a physical server by running several virtual machines on it (using multiple underutilized physical machines for the same task is much more costly). Next, they allow for flexibility by allowing OS and associated apps to run on multiple hardware types. Essentially, they separate the operating system from the hardware. At last, hypervisors are portable, allowing IT teams to shift workloads and allocate networking, memory, storage, and processing resources across multiple servers as needed.

As a user, you will get root access to the VPS. In turn, you can make changes to the hosting environment and install apps independently of other users. In other words, the server is truly private, separated from others on the operating system (OS) level.

Warning: A VPS might act like a physical server, but it’s not one. Instead, it’s a piece of software that’s emulating dedicated hardware.

Now, many would ask, why are VPS solutions so popular? Well, it’s pretty obvious – they provide better reliability, security, and performance than shared servers. Still, they are much more affordable than dedicated servers.

In reality, a VPS makes the perfect choice for individuals or companies that have outgrown shared hosting plans or need more secure environments on a budget. At this point, you can think of SaaS providers, game makers, programmers, and so on.

Note: VPS providers usually offer more than one hosting plan to suit different business needs and allow for scalability. In general, you can easily upgrade to more resources if/when you need them.

For instance, A2 Hosting offers six managed VPS and six unmanaged VPS plans. InterServer provides Cloud VPS, WordPress VPS, Linux VPS, Windows VPS, Webuzo VPS, and Storage VPS, all with adjustable components. In turn, Hostinger keeps it simple, with eight different VPS plans and so on.

Today, we have with us several experts/vendors to give us insights into VPS. They are here to answer how all of it works behind the scenes, give their recommendations, and answer a couple of questions.

Question: A Virtual Private Server offers the best of both worlds. Users get dedicated resources within a shared environment. They can expect many benefits from dedicated servers but at a much lower price. What technologies do you implement to achieve this effect?

Answer: Up to this point, we have covered a brief explanation of VPS and its underlying technology. However, different virtual private servers allow for different features. So, let’s get into more details.

1.2. The Managed VPS Option

If you have been researching VPS, you might have stumbled upon several VPS product terms, such as cloud VPS, cloud server, managed VPS, self-managed VPS, unmanaged VPS, or high-availability VPS. Fast forward, there are several different types of VPS. But let’s start with the basics.

Similar to dedicated servers, you can find managed and unmanaged VPS hosting solutions. At this point, you should think of the following question: How much control do you want, or are you comfortable having?

 

Managed Hosting

A managed VPS, sometimes also called “fully managed” for emphasis, comes with a pre-installed server administration software on a predetermined operating system. For example, it can use Web Host Manager (WHM) or cPanel on a CentOS server, or Plesk, DirectAdmin, or Virtualizor for Linux.

 

Question: Do I Need cPanel & WHM on My VPS?

Answer: Both cPanel and WHM are easy-to-use when it comes to managing websites. If you combine the two, you can easily run multiple sites. For instance, you can have more than one site or manage clients on the same server. Either way, it’s simpler and safer to use WHM to create multiple cPanel accounts. Still, you can choose to use one; it’s not necessary to combine the two.

Important: The key difference between managed and unmanaged VPS is who assumes the core server maintenance and management responsibilities.

When it comes to managed VPS, the hosting provider takes on server maintenance and management responsibilities, such as server monitoring, technical support, software updates, malware protection, or DDoS protection. Furthermore, managed VPS solutions usually come with 24/7 customer support via live chat, phone, or email. In turn, users can get technical assistance if some issues affect their server at all times.

In other words, a managed VPS lets you take the hands-off approach. The hosting company takes over the technical aspects while you get to focus on the core aspects of your business.

On the other hand, the user handles all monitoring and management tasks with an unmanaged VPS solution. If you go for this option, you will get a bare and flexible server with no pre-installed software, applications, or operating system. The hosting company, at this point, is only responsible for maintaining the hardware and performing system-level health checks.

Note: Unmanaged VPS is sometimes also called a cloud server since it’s bare and flexible.

Since you will not receive licenses or support, an unmanaged VPS is a more affordable alternative. Still, you will have to have some advanced skills for this option, such as managing Linux CLI, Secure Shell (SSH), Security information and event management (SIEM), Web server software management, or Disaster Recovery (DR), specifically backup and snapshot management.

Warning: An unmanaged VPS is only recommended for users with capabilities and willingness to resolve issues specific to their servers, such as experienced web developers and system admins. With the proper skills and experience, they get the needed freedom and control for greater customization over the VPS.

The question at this point is, should you go for a managed or an unmanaged VPS solution? Fast forward; there’s always a trade-off. So, you need to consider the skills of your in-house team, your budget, and your preferences.

With a managed VPS, your company will be up-to-date with the newest practices and technologies at all times. The provider will optimize your environment for the best security and performance and resolve issues quickly. However, you will have to pay extra for these services.

In turn, if you have an IT team that can perform those duties 24/7/365 to prevent downtime, you can go for an unmanaged VPS. In theory, it can save you some money.

Warning: In reality, companies that go for an unmanaged VPS solution end up paying more in the long term due to security breaches and downtime. In other words, managed VPS usually comes as the better alternative, even for IT-knowledgeable teams.

A semi-managed VPS is a middle ground between managed and unmanaged. With this solution, the hosting company provides a bare server with core software installation and support, such as operating system updates and patches, security enhancements, full web server support, pro-active response, and restoration of monitoring events. However, you will not receive control panel support, updates, patches, virus and spam protection, or external migrations with a semi-managed VPS. In turn, a semi-managed VPS is more affordable than a fully managed VPS. Still, it provides some extra help compared to an unmanaged server.

Now, let’s review the different types of VPS hosting.

1.3. Types of Virtual Private Servers (VPS)

The market today is a wide-ranging one. It offers many VPS solutions, such as traditional VPS, VPS over the cloud, or VDS. Up to now, you have read about the first solution, so let’s review the rest.

Important: All these terms are associated with/use the virtualization technology.

1.3.1. Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS)

VDS refers to a virtualized server instance tied to a single dedicated server. It allows organizations to lease a managed but dedicated server to build, deploy, and host web apps.

Virtual Dedicated Servers date back to the early days of virtualization. But even though VPS was created later, it spread much quicker, grasping the market’s attention. These two solutions achieve more or less the same effect. Still, there are some significant differences between the two, the main one being the way of resource allocation.

VPS providers partition a single dedicated server into multiple virtual server instances, as explained above. Each VPS instance is allocated with the server resources offered within the VPS plan. The provider, in this case, pools together the resources while the software allocates the needed amounts to each instance.

Warning: Unfair VPS providers might install more instances than the hardware can accommodate in reality. The primary assumption behind this is that not all instances will be operating at a peak simultaneously, which is true in most cases. However, sometimes, this can create lag time. When one or more clients use up their allocated capacities, they might negatively affect the overall server performance.

On the other hand, a VDS takes up the whole server – it contains a single instance. The user, in this case, gets the server’s dedicated resources with a virtualized layer on top of the server. Due to this, customers usually confuse VDS with bare metal servers.

Note: Many consider VDS as somewhat of a fancy label for a higher-end VPS. In some circles, VDS is regarded as a VPS – both allocate a part of physical hardware resources. Still, they differ in the virtualization method.

Virtual Dedicated Servers don’t offer a multi-tenant environment. Each VDS has its CPU, RAM (memory), disk space, bandwidth, and operating system (OS). Due to the fixed resources, instances cannot infringe on each other’s resources. Furthermore, the number of instances installed on given hardware will not exceed the actual capacity of the hardware.

So, the primary benefit of getting a VDS is that you will not get any lag time on your server, even if traffic is peaking for the other instances. On the “bad” side, VDS is pricier than VPS since providers can install fewer instances in given hardware with VDS.

Let’s summarize the differences between VPS and VDS.

 

Virtual Private Server (VPS)Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS)
Types of resources and environmentIt’s a virtual machine on top of a physical server allocating a pool of shared resources to different accounts. It’s a multi-tenant environmentIt takes up the entire server, allowing for a remote dedicated server with dedicated resources. It’s a single-tenant environment
Number of instances on a single serverVPS is configured to host multiple server instances. Each user gets sole access to the virtual private server environment but shares the hardwareVDS is configured to host a single server instance. Only one client has access to the environment and hardware
Technology and virtualizationIt uses OpenVZ technology –  virtualization on OS levelIt uses KVM technology – hardware virtualization (allows installing OS for visitors and VNC)
Scalability and convenienceBetter scalability and predominant convenienceNo scalability nor predominant convenience
FunctionalityLess functionality compared to a VDSBetter functionality compared to a VPS
PricingThe more cost-effective solutionIt’s pricier than VPS

 

Now, you might be wondering – should I go for VPS or VDS? Simply put, it depends on your personal/business needs. VPS hosting will probably be sufficient for first-time users since the probability of multiple instances peaking is rare. In other words, it should not affect your site. Also, you can evaluate if the performance is acceptable for your apps. And if it performs poorly, you can always upgrade to the higher-end VPS, a VDS.

Note: These services are provisioned virtually. The provider can deliver the newly purchased server resources to your server on demand.

If, however, you have CPU- or RAM-intensive workloads, you might be more comfortable getting a VDS, knowing that you will not share compute or memory resources with other virtual private servers on the box.

At this point, you can distinguish between several different types of VDS – VDS (CPU), VDS (RAM), and VDS (Bandwidth).

Note: A VDS usually has one to two custom components (out of CPU, RAM, and Bandwidth). If it has all three dedicated resources, it’s classified as a dedicated server.
  • VPS vs. VDS (CPU)

CPU, or the central processing unit, is the core component of each computing device. It handles all processing tasks; it retrieves and executes instructions. Due to this, it’s also known as the processor, and it directly affects the server performance. Still, it cannot function isolated from other server hardware, such as the RAM.

A VDS optimized for CPU provides dedicated computing power. In this case, the provider allows for a certain number of physical CPU cores permanently assigned for the user’s exclusive use (not sharing them with anyone else on the same server).

In other words, neighboring instances cannot impact even the most demanding workflow. Better yet, quick provisioning delivers these powerful instances within minutes!

So, if you have a CPU-demanding workflow, this might as well be the best solution for your hosting.

 

Question: What are CPU/processor-intensive tasks?

Answer: A CPU-intensive task might refer to any task that is speed limited by how fast the processor can compute the data. Several examples include encoding videos, video editing, compressing files, etc. These tasks run the CPU operations far more than they need to read/write memory or disk.

 

Say you encounter compute-intensive problems. One possible solution is to distribute this workload across multiple CPUs, reducing the execution time.

Note: You can choose from a single-core, dual-core (CPU with two processors), or quad-core processor (CPU with four processors).

However, adding more CPUs doesn’t always reduce the execution time. As mentioned before, the CPU also depends on the RAM. So, even though a quad-core processor can execute instructions four times faster than a single-core, it doesn’t have to mean it will receive instructions from the RAM at the same speed.

Warning: Usually, customers happen to confuse the terms CPU and GPU. Still, these two are entirely different terms.

A GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) can never entirely substitute for the CPU. Instead, it can complement its architecture. When these two work together, they can increase the throughput of data and the number of concurrent calculations within an app.

The CPU coordinates a wide range of general-purpose computing tasks, and it can handle them quickly. However, it’s limited in the concurrency of tasks that can be running. On the other hand, the GPUs perform a narrower range of more specialized tasks (video rendering, machine learning, risk modeling, financial simulations). Thus, they are not as versatile as CPUs.

However, a GPU can perform parallel operations on multiple sets of data. So, while the main program runs on the CPU, the GPU might allow repetitive calculations within an application to run in parallel.

For instance, there might be 24 to 48 high-speed CPU cores in a server environment. However, adding only 4 to 8 GPUs to the same server can provide up to 40,000 additional cores.

Key takeaways: Individual CPU cores are faster (measured by CPU clock speed) and smarter (measured by available instruction sets) than individual GPU cores. However, the sheer number of GPU cores and the massive parallelism they offer sure make up for these differences.
  • VPS vs. VDS (RAM)

RAM, or random-access memory, processes the data from the server’s long-term disk drives to the CPU. RAM is the short-term memory that eliminates the need for long-term memory, thus enabling improved read times in the server.

VDS servers might be memory-optimized, offering dedicated RAM and fast NVMe storage for high server performance across all apps. This solution is best suited for memory-intensive tasks.

 

Question: What is a memory-intensive task?

Answer: A memory-intensive task is any task that is speed limited by how fast the memory can feed data to the processor. Simply put, memory-intensive operations, such as databases, require a large amount of memory rather than multiple CPUs.

 

Note: Usually, VDS providers combine dedicated CPU and RAM since they are highly related and cannot function independently.
  • VPS vs. VDS (Bandwidth)

The third component that can be dedicated in a VDS is bandwidth. It’s the maximum amount of data a user can transmit from and to a server per second. Getting a VDS with dedicated bandwidth is the best alternative for users opting for bandwidth-intensive tasks, such as streaming or file sharing.

Warning: Shared hosting and VPS providers usually advertise unlimited bandwidth. But this might essentially not be true since other users’ usage might directly or indirectly affect your usage.

To sum up, here’s what you get with each of the mentioned solutions, respectively.

 

VPSVDS (CPU)VDS (RAM)VDS (Bandwidth)
Type of resources and environment
  • An allocation of dedicated resources to the instance from a pool of shared resources
  • Dedicated CPU
  • An allocation of RAM and Bandwidth from a pool of shared resources (same as VPS)
  • Dedicated RAM
  •  An allocation of CPU and Bandwidth from a pool of shared resources (same as VPS)
  • Dedicated Bandwidth
  • An allocation of CPU and RAM from a pool of shared resources (same as VPS)

 

Another worthy solution is cloud technology. In many ways, it works similarly to VDS, especially since it has virtual technologies for rent.

1.3.2. VPS Over Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting uses a cluster of servers running on the Internet (cloud). Each server maintains an up-to-date version of all websites. In turn, the cluster automatically redirects to a server with less traffic. Due to this, cloud hosting provides the ultimate uptime and overall performance.

VPS and cloud hosting are not exclusive to each other. Many hosting companies combine the two, offering VPS on a cloud infrastructure. A hosting company that combines VPS with cloud infrastructure can deliver you the best reliability and performance on the market.

Initially, with traditional VPS, you get a fixed level of performance. However, with VPS over the cloud, you can expand CPU power and memory capacity on-demand. Providers automatically allocate capacities so that users always get the required resource amounts. Consequently, instances on the same server never affect each other’s performance.

Warning: VPS over cloud hosting is more complex in pricing than the traditional VPS, primarily due to the involved overhead.

Going for the traditional VPS will have predictable monthly spending since you will pay for pre-determined resources. With VPS over the cloud, you will pay for what you use. In some cases, scalability might be beneficial. For instance, you might use fewer resources during some periods. So, you will pay less. However, if you have sudden spikes in traffic, it might turn out to be a bit costly. In other words, you can expect unpredictable expenses.

However, when it comes to security, traditional VPS might be the better alternative. Cloud hosting has a physically distributed nature. So, it’s more vulnerable to attacks.

1.3.3. VPS With WordPress Hosting

WordPress hosting features WP-specific services, such as one-click installations, pre-installed plugins, or a WP command-line interface. These servers deliver the needed capabilities to WordPress site owners since they are configured for their needs.

Tip: You can usually find WordPress offers on shared hosting environments.

A VPS is not custom-built or pre-configured with WordPress in mind. However, as a customer, you can choose a VPS for your WordPress website. With this option, you can set up and configure the server according to your business needs.

1.3.4. How to Install WordPress on a VPS?

Say you already got your VPS – you chose the provider and the plan and set it up. Now, you might want to install WordPress. The process might be challenging but not impossible.

At this point, you can go for four methods – using cPanel or CWP, both of which can be either manual or automatic.

Method 1: Installing WordPress On A VPS Using The cPanel (Manual)
  • Step #1: Download WordPress

Visit the official website of WordPress and download the latest version.

 

Question: What is the Latest WordPress Version 2021?

Answer: The latest WordPress release is version 5.7. 2, released in May 2021. Keep in mind; this answer might change with a new WP release. So, it’s always to check the latest update on the official WordPress website.

 

  • Step #2: Upload WordPress To Your VPS

Next, you need to upload the zip file with the required contents to install WP to your VPS. To do so, you need to log in to your Contol Panel and use the File Manager option. Click on the public_html directory. At this point, you will need a website folder.

Note: If you don’t have a website folder, click on the ‘+Folder’ option and name the folder.

Next, click ‘Upload,’ ‘Select File,’ and upload the zip file. Once the upload process completes, you can return to the directory and ‘Extract’ the file. You will need to specify the correct location where you want to extract the files.

Tip: If you cannot find the zip file, refresh the page so that it will appear.

Once WP is safely within the file directory, you can remove the zip file from there, even though you don’t have to.

Apart from cPanel, you can also use an FTP program such as FileZilla, CyberDuck, WinSCP, or Bitkinex, if you have more experience. Still, the first is the most straightforward option, allowing for incredible ease of use.

  •  Step #3: Move The Wp File To The Root

Open the WordPress folder that you have created and select all files within it. Next, click on ‘Move’ within the top menu and choose the public_html directory. Finalize the process with ‘Move File(s).’

  • Step #4: Create a Database

At this point, you need to enter the cPanel and select the MySQL Database Wizard option to create a new database.

Important: Make sure to name the database and remember the database name, username, and password, since you will need them later in the process.

When creating a user, you can choose the privileges you want on your account. You should click on the option ‘All privileges.’

  • Step #5: Edit The ‘wp-config-sample.php’ File

The next step is connecting WordPress and the database. To do so, you need to edit the wp-config-sample.php file, and here’s how to do so.

First, visit the public_html directory. Find and right click the wp-config-sample.php file, and select the Edit option. You’ll have to find and edit three specific lines, but worry not, you don’t need to be an expert for it.

  1. Locate [ht_message mstyle=”info” title=”” show_icon=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” ]define( ‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here’ );[/ht_message]. Replace database_name_here with your database name.
  2. Locate [ht_message mstyle=”info” title=”” show_icon=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” ]define( ‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here’ );[/ht_message]. Replace username_here with the username you created.
  3. Locate [ht_message mstyle=”info” title=”” show_icon=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” ]define( ‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here’ );[/ht_message]. Replace password_here with the password you created.

Finally, go to the Salt Key generator, copy everything, and replace the salt key lines in the wp-config-sample.php file with what you just copied.

You can click on Save Changes and close the file.

  • Step #6: Install WordPress

You’ve configured the file so that it’s no longer a sample. All you have left to do now is visit your website and begin the installation.

Enter: ‘yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/install.php’ and start the install process.

If, however, you have placed the WP files within another, say WordPress, you will need to incorporate this change, leading to ‘yourwebsite.com/WordPress/wp-admin/install.php.’

Method 2: Installing WordPress On A VPS Using The cPanel (Automatic)
Note: You need a domain name and an account (username and password) that supports cPanel, PHP, and MySQL, to automatically install WordPress using the cPanel.
  • Step #1: Log in to the cPanel

The first step is pretty straightforward – you need to enter the username and password you received upon registering with your VPS provider. Next, you will enter the dashboard.

  • Step #2: Find Softaculous

Once you enter the dashboard, you need to find the Softaculous apps installer. In this section of the cPanel, you can review all scripts the VPS provider supports, and WordPress is almost always one of them. Click on the WordPress option.

  • Step #3: Install WordPress

When you select the WP option, you will be transferred to another screen, where you can find details of the WP version to be installed on your server. Once you click on the install button, you will initiate the software installation. At this point, you need to select your desired protocol.

Tip: If you have an SSL certificate for your website, you can choose https://www. If not, it’s better to go for http://www or https://www.

In addition, you need to select a domain.

Tip: Unless you want to install WordPress under a separate sub-folder, you must leave the textbox labeled – In Directory blank.

Next, you need to enter an admin user name, password, email address, website’s name, and a brief description. Here, you can also choose your preferred language for the WP admin account.

  • Step #4: Add Themes and Plugins

If you would like, you can also add a theme, even though it’s not mandatory at this point.

 

Question: How many free plugins are there for WordPress?

Answer: At the moment, there are 59,451 free plugins available for browsing on WordPress.

 

As explained, this is the automated process for the cPanel, so the Softaculous installer will do all the work for you. Once you submit the needed information, it will verify the data and install WordPress on your site.

Then, you will receive a confirmation email at the address you have entered during registration.

Warning: Softaculous doesn’t provide support for individual software packages, so you will need to contact the respective software provider’s website for further assistance. 
  • Step #5:Log Into Your WordPress Site

Finally, you need to test whether you have successfully completed the installation process. To do so, enter your administrative URL to log in to your WP site.

Note: Your administrative URL takes the form of www.mydomainmychoice.com/wp-admin/.

Once you are in, you will benefit from an impressive overview of your site, including shortcuts, changing themes, adding pages, and so on.

Method 3: Installing WordPress On A VPS Using CWP (Manual)
  • Step #1: Create An Account

First, you need to open the CWP panel and create an account.

  • Step #2: Create A MySQL Database

Second, find SQL services, select MySQL manager, and ‘Create database and user.’

Important: Rember these credentials since you will need them during configuration later.
  • Step #3: Install WordPress

Then, you need to obtain SSH access to the server. Once you do so, you need to run the following list of commands:

  • CD /home/USERNAME/public_html
  • wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
  • tar xvzf latest. Tar. gz
  • mv WordPress/*.
  • rm -rf WordPress
  • chown -R USERNAME: USERNAME *

This pretty much finalizes the installation process.

  • Step #4: Configure WordPress

Once you install WordPress, you can enter the domain name in any browser and begin the configuration process. Here, you can choose your language, set up the database, and so on.

  • Step #5: Log Into Your WP Site

Once you fill in all required information and install WordPress, you can log in to the WP admin section.

Method 4: Installing WordPress On A VPS Using CWP (Automatic)
Note: You need to install and configure CWP, create a user on CWP, and set up desired domain DNS records in Cloud DNS Manager or CWP to install WordPress on your CentOS Web Panel (CWP).
  • Step #1: Log On To The CWP’s User Admin Panel

The process is the same as with the cPanel. You need to enter your CWP username and password to enter the dashboard.

  • Step #2: Find The Add-Ons

You can find WordPress within the Add-Ons section, along with all remaining scripts. Here, you can start the installation process.

  • Step #3: Install WordPress

At this point, you need to select the protocol, domain, and root directory for the WordPress installation. Then, click install.

Warning: A small mistake can cause serious repercussions, so you should focus on the content in the directory box.
  • Step #4: Find List Accounts

Next, you need to navigate to the WordPress website from the List Accounts, and open USER DIR. Here, you will be able to choose a language for your site.

  • Step #5: Fill In Information

At last, you will see a window where you need to fill out the website and administrator login information. Then, click the button ‘Install WordPress.’

If you followed the steps carefully, you will see the following message:

“Success! WordPress has been installed. Thank you and enjoy.”

1.4. VPS vs. Other Web Hosting Types (Compared)

Different types of web hosting allow for different pricing, performance, and availability. The question is, what makes a Virtual Private Server unique? Let’s see how VPS competes against the two remaining most popular solutions – shared and dedicated hosting.

1.4.1. VPS vs. Shared Hosting

If you go for shared hosting, you will split one physical server with other clients of the same hosting company. Your website will run on the same operating system and configuration as everyone else’s. With shared hosting, the provider will handle all aspects of the operation. Due to this, shared hosting makes the perfect choice for beginners. Better yet, it’s the most affordable option on the market.

However, with a shared hosting plan, you cannot isolate yourself from other users. In theory, all users get the same “fair share” of resources. But, in reality, that’s not the case. Say another user on the same server gets a sudden spike in traffic due to an intensive MySQL process or something similar. They will take up more of the total resources. In turn, your performance, say the load speeds, will slow down. In other words, shared hosting provides for inconsistent performance.

 

Also, if another website on the same server gets classified as “adult” or “spam,” it can hurt your SEO rankings. As a consequence, your future emails might go straight to the spam folder.

Note: Shared hosting providers rarely offer the option to get a dedicated IP address for your website.

 

Question: Is VPS hosting faster than shared hosting?

Answer: VPS hosting is almost always faster than shared hosting. VPS plans come with more resources than shared hosting plans. So, in 99% of the cases (or more), when you compare these two plans of a single hosting company, you will come to the following conclusion – VPS outperforms shared hosting.

 

A VPS overcomes this issue. Once again, you share a physical server with other users. However, with a VPS, you get dedicated resources and a dedicated IP. So, even if another user takes up more resources (bandwidth or disk space), it will not affect your website performance. Engines and email providers will also not associate you with others on the same server. Instead, you can build your reputation and SEO rankings. You can expect fewer spam blacklisting issues if you are doing well, especially if you improve your email authentication.

Furthermore, you can choose your operating system and configurations independently of other users on the same server. You will get root access to manage services and install complex software.

At last, a VPS comes with much better security than shared hosting. Most of all, it’s due to the ability to strengthen the hosting environment with lots of installations and security add-ons. And second, it’s because you will not be affected by other users (and their potential vulnerabilities).

Key takeaways: A VPS provides better performance, security, control, and SEO rankings than shared hosting. Due to this, a VPS is more expensive than shared hosting. 

1.4.2. VPS vs. Dedicated Hosting

So here, we pretty much VDS’d the entire thing and just moved on to an entire dedicated server. It looks much different than the VDS as it has its own box, unless, of course, it’s a fully dedicated server on the cloud. In the second case, it would mean that it’s a full VDS, but many consider that as dedicated as well.

A dedicated server is the most advanced solution you can choose. You will get an entire, fully customizable physical server with dedicated CPU, RAM, and bandwidth if you go for dedicated hosting. Since these servers are fast and flexible, they are perfect for high-traffic sites. However, due to all benefits, dedicated servers come with the most expensive price tag.

Dedicated Hosting vs VPS

 

If you have a small-medium traffic website, a VPS is the better alternative. Most of all, it’s because it’s cheaper. Still, it allows you to choose and configure OS and server apps.

Important: With a VPS, you get the same root access as in a dedicated server, but at a much lower cost.

The difference is, with a dedicated server, you can also configure the hardware of the server. The user is the only one who has a say in the setup. Better yet, as a customer, you can choose to have your dedicated server on-site, at home, or in your office. If you go for a VPS (managed or unmanaged), the provider assumes this responsibility.

A VPS can save you money and time compared to a dedicated server. You will pay a portion of the costs of running the physical server and receive a pre-configured environment for the optimal experience.

Key takeaways: You should choose a web hosting solution depending on your biggest priority. If you are on a tight budget, it would be best to go for shared hosting. If you prioritize peak performance and security, the right solution is a dedicated server. If you are aiming towards instant scalability, you need to switch to the cloud. However, if you need a balance of everything, then VPS it is.

1.5. Pros and Cons of Virtual Private Servers

Pros:

  • Dedicated resources within a shared environment
  • Consistent performance and better speeds than shared hosting
  • Cheaper than dedicated servers
  • Excellent value for money
  • Security and data protection in an isolated environment
  • High control over the server (root access)
  • Lots of customization options
  • Easy-to-scale service

Cons:

  • More expensive than shared hosting
  • Unmanaged VPS requires extensive technical knowledge
  • Might impose vulnerabilities if the server is not configured correctly

1.6. Potential Use Cases of a VPS

You can do lots of neat things with a VPS since the solution holds great potential. Here are a few of the most popular (and most unique) use cases.

  • Use Case #1: Hosting a high-traffic website

The first and most popular indicator that you need a VPS is when you have outgrown your shared hosting plan. If the shared hosting plan (even the most expensive one) cannot deliver you a smooth experience, it means it’s time for a change.

Tip: A VPS is typically used for smaller workloads that need consistent performance. You can use it for anything you would use a dedicated server for, with less overall storage and bandwidth.

VPS hosting also comes in handy if you have an eCommerce site. It reduces the risks associated with security breaches and identity thefts. In turn, you can expect a fast and stable environment, allowing for secure payments for your customers.

Furthermore, a Virtual Private Server can handle traffic spikes on your website. Therefore, it can help you in times of event planning or selling tickets.

Important: When deciding whether a VPS is the right solution for you or not, you should think in terms of three factors: root access requirements, bandwidth, and pricing.

 

Question: What is root access in web hosting?

Answer: Root access refers to an administrator-level log-on for cloud, dedicated, and virtual private servers (VPS). If you have root access to your server, you can fully control your server. For instance, you can read/write any files on the system, perform operations as any user, change system configuration, install and remove software, and upgrade the OS or firmware.

 

Most of all, shared hosting users upgrade to a VPS because they need root access for specific applications, more resources, enhanced security, reliability, and performance.

On the other hand, users aiming for the advantages of a dedicated server might settle for a VPS due to the lower cost and less technical knowledge required.

Furthermore, dedicated server users might decide to scale down at some point if they no longer need the dedicated environment and resources.

  • Use Case #2: Creating a gaming server

VPS also comes useful for gaming. It’s an excellent solution for hosting private servers for gaming sessions on top-rated games, such as Minecraft, WoW, or Runescape.

Creating a gaming server with a VPS offers several advantages. You will get incredible customization capabilities, a few limits on performance and stability, superior privacy, less lag, and dropped connections. Better yet, you can host the connection of other players instead of relying on the game publisher.

See, VPS for gaming grants you access to top-of-the-line hardware at a fraction of the price. Still, you have to be wary of any potential resourcing limits required by your web host.

The best part is, using VPS as a gaming server is cheaper than a home server.

Key takeaways: If you have a game server or a similar resource-heavy site, a VPS can deliver you excellent performance at an affordable price.
  • Use Case #3: Developing and testing code & applications

A VPS is somewhat of virtual working space. It allows team members to assess the central, virtual location, regardless of their original whereabouts. In turn, teams worldwide can enjoy remote development work.

For instance, other developers or clients might connect to the VPS to check the development versions of the developer’s code. Furthermore, there’s an option for pair programming, allowing developers to work side by side. In turn, VPS has eliminated the need for meeting in person for any slight change but introduced more efficient alternatives.

So, if you are in the business of developing apps, a VPS might come in as the perfect solution.

Developers can test applications in a live setting before the release using a VPS or work out bugs. Better yet, a VPS eliminates the need for owning an expensive, dedicated server for the developer teams.

 

Question: Why would I go for a VPS as a development server?

Answer: A Virtual Private Server (VPS) can substitute your laptop or computer in the role of a development environment. Your device might be running out of resources, such as disk space or RAM on a weekly/monthly basis, which might be slowing down the operation. A VPS takes things to another level with a sufficient offer of resources. Furthermore, you can write code in the cloud, get an isolated environment, scale up or down as needed, and so on.

 

Another advantage is scalability, which is especially important for developers working for clients. With a VPS, a developer can easily scale the offer to their client. Say the client’s website experiences a major growth period. The deployed resources would no longer be sufficient, meaning slower response times and worse overall performance. Upgrading the VPS solves this issue. Keep in mind; this is not possible with physical hardware (it has limited resources).

Finally, the VPS allows each client an isolated environment regarding system services, libraries, gems, and legal boundaries.

Important: Clients might require the developer to work exclusively on a locked-down client workstation to protect their privacy.
  • Use Case #4: The flexibility of an API

Personally, I use many VPSs for my APIs. It helps me reduce the MySQL pipeline and resources pipeline and pretty much multithread it across many small servers. They retrieve the data all at once rather than pipelining it. And sure, you can use one server to do that. However, if you’re not that into multithreading, then it can be an issue. Furthermore, this will also require resource management which is quite challenging, to be honest.

 

Question: What is multithreading?

Answer: You can use multithreading to divide your job into several independent parts. It’s a model of program execution, allowing for multiple threads to be created within a process. They are executing independently but concurrently sharing process resources. Threads might also run fully parallel if distributed to their own CPU core, depending on the hardware. Say you need to execute a complex database query for fetching data. If you can divide the query into several independent queries, assigning a thread to each and running them in parallel will be better.

 

Once you have split your code into many APIs, you will notice a significant increase in loading time. Furthermore, with most hosting providers, you’re not “paying” for your internal bandwidth. So, using the same provider you can enjoy pretty much enjoy a zero ping between your APIs and your main application.

Note: Ping (latency)  refers to the time it takes for a small data set to be transmitted from your device to a server on the Internet and back to your device again. It’s measured in milliseconds (ms).

API, or Application Programming Interface, allows users to plug one website into another. It can deliver specific parts of a code to developers, thus enabling them to build on a platform, a VPS.

Note: An API is a connection between computers/computer programs. It is a type of software interface, offering a service to other pieces of software.

The API is the exposed code, allowing developers to build tools, widgets, and other stuff in the form of apps. Creating an API on a VPS allows those with coding skills to customize how their account works, automate some tasks or even resell parts of the server.

APIs are essential in web hosting in general, and especially for Virtual Private Servers. Say you are a developer building your own website. You might have specific requirements for the VPS server team, such as a particular accounting software integration for your business. And if they aren’t tech-savvy enough to fulfill these requests, an API can grant you the authority to do so.

With an API, you can build the modules you need and make the most out of your hosting experience. This also works the other way around – if you are reselling VPS or building websites for clients, you can grant them the authority to work on the site.

And, if you are a less-demanding user, you can always go for a micro VPS. It’s an excellent entry into the world of virtual private servers.

Usually, micro VPS providers combine great hardware, connectivity, many ready-to-install operating systems, licenses, system upgrades, and proactive monthly maintenance in these plans. In turn, as a customer, you can instantly set the server up without much IT skills or experience.

 

Question: What can I expect to get in a micro VPS?

Answer: Usually, you can expect approximately 1 CPU, 1 GB RAM (with an option for swap RAM), 20 GB disk space, 1-2 IP address, 1 TB monthly bandwidth, and 1Gbps server port, 40/40Mbps dedicated link speed. You can also benefit from KVM virtualization, Virtualizor server CP, SSH root access, 99.99% SLA, ready-to-install operating systems, all licenses, system upgrades, and proactive monthly maintenance.

 

  • Use Case #5: Access to many domains & as many IPs

A VPS allows you to host several domains with enough resources for each domain to load quickly. It is convenient if you are building websites for clients, thus earning profits.

Each VPS comes with at least one dedicated IP address. However, as a user, you can choose to have as many IPs attached to your VPS as you like.

And sure, you can use shared hosting for this cause. However, the provider will probably charge you extra for the websites up to the point where the shared hosting plan becomes more expensive than the VPS. Keep in mind; you also won’t enjoy any of the VPS benefits over shared hosting. Furthermore, when it comes to IP, not many providers offer more than two IPs per hosting unless it’s a reseller package.

 

Question: Is an IP address different from a domain name?

Answer: Yes, it is. The IP address is a set of numerical instructions that makes sense to a computer but isn’t understandable to humans. The domain name, in turn, serves as a link to the IP address (what we humans use and recognize).

 

  • Use Case #6: Encrypting a wireless connection

You can use a Virtual Private Server (VPS) to host a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

A VPN creates a secure and private connection on a public network. It routes all internet activity of the user through an encrypted connection. In turn, third parties cannot track what the user is doing online, nor from where the traffic is coming in. In other words, hackers (even ones on the same network) cannot intercept the connection or break into the device.

Using a VPS for a VPN comes with several additional benefits. You can connect to your VPN regardless of your original location, meaning you can easily bypass regional restrictions. For instance, you can use Google and Facebook as a US citizen visiting China or watch BBC shows on Netflix if you are a British citizen visiting the US.

A close friend of mine is using a Windows VPS operating it with RDP. He uses it as a seedbox, and since the link speed is fast, he also remotely watches his shows.

  • Use Case #7: VPS as an image server

If you are looking to gain maximum control over the image files you are hosting online, you might as well consider purchasing a VPS. A Virtual Private Server might represent an excellent alternative to Flickr or any other image hosting and video hosting service in this regard.

You can use several apps to self-host your images, such as Lychee – a free photo-management tool that runs on a server or webspace. See, today’s market offers many alternatives, some of which are more basic, while others are more advanced. So, at this point, it all depends on your needs and preferences.

For instance, you might want to mark photos as private or password-protect specific website areas. In any case, you will need to find a suitable app, install it, and finally, configure your new photo-sharing application on your VPS.

  • Use Case #8: VPS as a hacking tool

One of the most exciting yet unpopular uses of a VPS is for ethical hacking endeavors.

If you have been doing ethical hacking challenges or on pen-testing lab platforms like Hack the Box, Try Hack Me, or Cyber Sec Labs, you have probably done so using a VM. Fast forward, a VM is much slower in this regard, while using SSH on a VPS significantly speeds up the process. It’s primarily because the VPS takes over the local machine’s load (RAM, CPU usage) during hacking activities.

 

Question: Isn’t a VPS the same as a virtual machine (VM)?

Answer: No, it’s not. A VPS refers to one physical server partitioned into several smaller virtual servers on a single OS. A VM splits the server entirely, leading to partitions with their own operating systems and dedicated resources.

 

The best part about a hacking VPS is that it doesn’t limit you to the local network. For instance, a firewall might block your reverse shell connections when trying to hack something on HTB or CSL if you are on a school or college campus. Using a VPS will help you overcome this issue stemming from a restrictive network in no time.

Key takeaways: If you are persistent in your hacking sessions, a VPS is the ultimate solution. It allows you to jump between different devices throughout the day without disrupting your activity/plan. In other words, you can easily log into the VPS from any computer or even phone with SSH apps and continue where you left off.
  • Use Case #9: VPS Seedbox

Seedbox generally refers to a high-bandwidth remote server for uploading and downloading digital files from a P2P network.

Warning: A seedbox must be offshore. Otherwise, it will be terminated.

Once the seedbox acquires the files, it allows users to download them to personal devices via HTTP, FTP, SFTP, or rsync protocols. In turn, clients benefit from anonymity and don’t have to worry about the share ratio.

A seedbox can be special-purpose only, running various torrent-specific software, such as web interfaces of popular clients like Transmission, rTorrent, Deluge, and μTorrent. Higher-end seedboxes might also support VNC or Remote Desktop Protocol, allowing many popular clients to be run remotely. Finally, clients such as Transmission offer mobile interface support.

A VPS seedbox is a remote server. It separates one physical server into multiple virtual servers where each VPS behaves like a physical server with its operating system.

 

Question: Do I need a VPN on a Seedbox?

Answer: In theory, you should be safe using a Seedbox without a VPN. You will be flying well under the radar as long as you use a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) and avoid downloading any files directly through your browser.

 

Note: You can also get a VPS exclusively for backups.

A Seedbox usually has bandwidth ranging from 100 Mbit/s to 20 Gbit/s. It can use different networks and protocols, such as BitTorrent or eDonkey2000. Still, it’s essential to connect Seedboxes to a high-speed network, such as a VPS.

When the network can handle high upload bandwidth, the seedbox can download large files in minutes. Seedboxes account for an average of 100 Mbit/s in download and upload speeds. In simpler terms, if you have a 1GB heavy file, a seedbox can download it in less than 30 seconds. Furthermore, it can upload the same file to other users again in less than half a minute. In turn, this accounts for a 1:1 share ratio for that individual file.

Now, onto the offshore part!

  • Use Case #10: Offshore VPS

An Offshore VPS refers to website servers hosted far-off from the country of your business operations. It represents an excellent hosting solution for many start-ups as well as well-established corporations worldwide. While hosting your website locally might seem like a smart idea, several benefits stem from hosting it offshore.

An offshore VPS might help you maneuver over strict cyber laws in your origin country or avoid hefty taxes, thus cutting down operational costs. Furthermore, an offshore VPS might improve your website performance, uptime, speed, and security.

Customers have many different reasons for choosing offshore VPS hosting. The most popular ones are the following:

  • Benefit from copyrighted content and DMCA ignored hosting
  • Use a VPS for hacking websites and related purposes
  • Hosting adult content on a VPS
  • To get a better hosting package unavailable in their country
  • Evade legal ramifications and make it hard to contact them

When a business uses offshore VPS, it’s essentially difficult to shut down their business legally. This type of hosting makes it pretty easy for companies to engage in illegal activities in their home country, such as casino and poker businesses in India or other Asian countries.

1.7. When Should You Switch to VPS?

Here are several indicators that it’s time to switch to a VPS.

  1. Your website is growing: If you are starting to experience higher traffic volumes daily, a shared hosting plan will not cut it for you. If you don’t have sufficient resources on hand, your website will start slowing down. In turn, this can affect your visitors’ experience. In the worst-case scenario, your website can crash, or you can start losing customers.
  2. Your website is slowing down:  When you add more content to your website, it becomes ‘heavier,’ meaning it uses up more RAM. If you max out the limits of the shared hosting plan, your site will slow down. A VPS can scale and speed up your site.
  3. You plan on hosting several websites: A shared hosting plan might be sufficient for a single website, but not for two, three, or more. Instead, you can use a VPS as a single access point to your many sites. Still, it’s not recommended you go on a shopping spree and buy multiple small/big VPSs. Sure, with this option, your websites won’t affect one another. But that’s pretty much what shared hosting is all about if you decide on doing that.
    Also, you might be building and developing websites for clients; in which case, there’s no point in using shared hosting. First, it’s challenging to manage and monitor domains from different accounts. And second, it’s costly to do so. Instead, you can go for a VPS and manage many domains from a single account. Better yet, with multiple isolated environments on the same server, you will ensure sufficient RAM for the smooth operation of every single site.At this point, you might believe that reseller hosting might also work for this purpose. However, it’s not as practical. See, with reseller hosting, you, as the account owner, are essentially using your allotted hard drive space and bandwidth to host websites on behalf of third parties. You buy wholesale from a web hosting company and sell to customers, appearing as an actual web hosting company, for a profit.The problem with reseller hosting is that each customer gets their own control panel access. So, once again, as in shared hosting, you need to manage and monitor domains from different accounts, which is pretty overwhelming. If you are interested in Reseller hosting check out our Best reseller hosing providers.
  1. You are concerned about security: A VPS provides enhanced security with advanced monitoring capabilities, backup space, and overall reliability than shared hosting. You are pretty much disabling the fact that one rouge website on the same server getting hacked will affect yours as well.
    Hackers usually don’t target the CMS (WordPress, Joomla, and so on). Instead, they find one vulnerable website on a server. Once they gain access to it, they implement a method known as “Symlink Bypass.” It extracts the configuration files of another website hosted on that same server. Then, using a simple MySQL interface, the hackers can connect to the other website.Take, for instance, the Microsoft Exchange Server data breach in January 2021. Attackers gained full access to user emails and passwords on affected servers, administrator privileges on the server, and access to connected devices on the same network. In other words, once a cybercriminal “breaches” the network, it’s much easier to expand from the inside.
  1. You want to have more control: If you want to install custom software, configurations, or any advanced programming, you can go for a VPS.
  2. You often run into server errors: The rule of thumb is, if you are running into server errors, so are your potential customers. Several examples include “service unavailable,” “bad getaway,” “not implemented,” “gateway timeout,” or any other HTTP 5XX form. Keep in mind; downtime negatively affects your visitors’ experience. If you have an online store, there’s no space for such occurrences.
    All these errors mostly indicate that someone, or you, are overusing the server resources. Running too many background processes or using a specific antivirus program are two of the most common causes for high CPU usage.
  1. You are on a budget: A dedicated server can also come in handy in all the examples above. However, it’s pretty expensive. A VPS, in turn, is the cheaper alternative, providing similar functionality.

Question: How can I switch to a VPS?

Answer: Simply put, it depends on the provider. For instance, some providers allow you to purchase a new plan, transfer your files, change DNS, wait 48 hours for propagation, and, finally, cancel the old plan. Others have different procedures. Essentially, you will need to contact your VPS provider to get all details beforehand.

Businesses usually use VPS for the following tasks:

  • Hosting 1-10 websites, web servers, and emails
  • Databases (outsourcing VPS reduces resource usage and overusing RAM/CPU)
  • Running cronjobs on the SQL that won’t interfere with the main website
  • cPanel or Plesk hosting
  • Storing company and customer files
  • Building and delivering cloud-based services for customers
  • Providing virtual workstations to remote employees
  • And so on

However, there are some situations when you need to avoid using a VPS, such as:

  • You are a start-up or an individual on a tight budget: There’s always a trade-off between performance and cost. Still, if you are a beginner and don’t fall under regulations like PCI, shared hosting is the better alternative for your business.
  • You need the power or resources of an entire dedicated server: In this case, an isolated virtual environment will not satisfy your requirements. Several examples include streaming, database-driven, and other bandwidth-intensive sites.
  • You have little to no technical skills: An unmanaged VPS requires extensive IT knowledge and experience for managing and maintaining the server. If your in-house team doesn’t possess these qualities, it’s best to go for shared hosting or a managed VPS.

1.8. What to look for in a VPS provider?

A quality VPS provider can deliver you optimal performance at an affordable price. You can expect sufficient resources, strong uptime, fast speeds, and reliable support. Still, the question is, how can you choose one?

Note: Your choice of a hosting provider ultimately determines your website’s performance and reliability.

Sure, different users value different qualities in a hosting provider. For instance, you might prioritize the best technical specs, another will value customer reviews, while a third user might look for an affordable price. Still, the best alternative is a provider that allows for a balance of all these.

 

What to look for in a VPS provider mind map

Here are the qualities you should consider before purchasing a VPS.

  • Factor #1: Managed VPS

Before getting into more details, you should first determine the type of VPS you need – managed or unmanaged. Essentially, it defines the scope of service for your VPS provider.

If you go for an unmanaged solution, you should consider whether the hosting company can ensure your VPS works and is connected to the network.

Tip: It’s best you go for the managed solution, especially if you don’t know a single Linux command and you don’t have the resources or knowledge on how to create and maintain a VPS server.

However, if you need a managed solution, you will have to think of several other things as well, such as reliability, security, and so on. Furthermore, when you face any issue with your server, the company will solve it under a managed solution. In turn, the provider doesn’t take on this responsibility if you have a self-managed VPS.

 

Question: When should I go for unmanaged VPS over a managed solution?

Answer: If you believe you have the technical skills and the time to handle backend operations of the server, such as software updates, patches, and security, you can go for this option. Otherwise, it makes no sense, and you should avoid the burden of extra tasks with a managed solution. For a little extra money, you can get staff to handle these aspects for you.

 

Now, I would highly recommend going for the managed solution. Even today, I would still go for a managed VPS, even with my extensive knowledge and experience in the niche. It saves a lot of time and effort since the provider’s team takes the most time-consuming tasks off your hands. In turn, you can focus on the more important, or say critical, aspects of the operation.

  • Factor #2: Performance

Regardless of your choice (managed or unmanaged VPS), it’s essential to consider the server’s performance. Most of all, it depends on the hardware specifications of the machine.

At this point, you need to consider three elements:

  1. CPU (Central Processing Unit)

It’s better to go for a processor with more cores and modest clock speeds than the fastest processor.

For instance, 2xCPUs with 2.4 GHz and ten cores can grant you better performance than 2xCPUs with 3 GHz and four cores. If, then, your workload demands faster CPUs, you can upgrade to faster ones.

Also, the best-in-class virtual private servers feature CPUs with large internal caches.

  1. Memory

As a general rule of thumb, you need at least enough memory to support the number of workloads you run on the system.

Say you have the two CPUs with 2.4 GHz and ten cores, as mentioned before. Each core has two threats. If you multiply this number with a total of 20 cores, it means you can support 40 threads of potential workloads.

Now, assume each workload requires 2 GB. In turn, you will need at least 80 GB of memory on your server.

Note: The closest binary equivalent to this number is 96 GB.

If you go for less memory, you can compromise your consolidation or your performance. However, adding more will not benefit you either. You will only overspend your money.

  1. Network I/O Capacity

You should also ensure you have enough available bandwidth. It’s a subjective matter since adequate bandwidth depends on the size of your website, the number of visitors, and the number of pages they visit.

For instance, if you have an average-size page of 50KB, 20,000 visitors per month, and five pages per visitor, 5000MB, or 5GB, of bandwidth per month will be sufficient.

Note: Still, hardware requirements highly depend on your needs and preferences. For example, you might need lightning-fast speeds (SSD) for your streaming site. In turn, you might be looking for a powerful processor (CPU), high storage capacity (HDD), or significant bandwidth to transfer a lot of data.

When it comes to performance, it would be best to consider the provider’s server network as well. However, you should not focus on the number of locations but their spread instead. A server that’s closer to your target market’s location can reduce latency and improve the overall visitors’ experience.

Tip: Always go for a VPS server in the location where the majority of your traffic is coming from.

Say you are from the Oceanic region. A VPS in Australia is the preferred choice because it’s central, has a strong infrastructure, and it’s well connected to the rest of the world. If however, you live in Asia, you choose Singapore to get the most sophisticated technology and at cheaper rates, and so on.

Speaking of the location of your web host, you also need to consider your business’s need to protect customer data. For instance, US-based providers have a near open-door policy for governmental access to sensitive data. On the other hand, Canadian providers are pretty reliable for sensitive data protection.

  • Factor #3: Reliability

A VPS provider should offer you an uptime guarantee of at least 99.5%. Anything below this is not only undesirable but also unacceptable.

Note: Uptime refers to when your server will be up and running out of the total time. A 99.5% uptime means 3.65 hours downtime per month or 1.83 days downtime per year.

If your site visitors are unable to assess your website, you can lose a lot of traffic. Say you have an online store. In this case, downtime translates to lost customers, sales, and profits.

Tip: It’s not enough to check what the hosting company offers. Instead, it would be better to check online reviews by HostAdvice experts or users. Also, you can ‘test-drive’ your VPS hosting service from a dummy website and not your real one.

If, however, you go for a self-managed VPS, your in-house team will take on this responsibility. They will manage, maintain, and monitor the server. In turn, a lack of updates, configuration, or patches can lead to more downtime.

Warning: Unmanaged VPS solutions usually have more downtime than managed ones.

When it comes to reliability, it’s also essential to consider the hardware that your VPS is built on as a prerequisite for stable connections. For instance, you can go for a conventional virtual server or a cloud server.

Conventional virtual servers utilize a single dedicated server built on a single or dual CPU’s, lots of RAM, and multiple drives in a RAID Array. In general, these servers provide decent performance, reliability, and a lower cost of entry. However, they also come with several disadvantages, including a single point of failure, limited scalability, and capped Disk I/O.

Note: The capped disk I/O is influenced by the number of drives in the server.

Cloud virtual servers are built on SAN and Blade environments. Usually, these servers are enterprise-grade, meaning they offer higher redundancy and scalability to the end-user. Furthermore, customers can easily upgrade and downgrade their VPS, as needed.

Note: Virtual servers built on SAN and Blade environments usually cost more than conventional VPS. However, you get a lot more advantages for your money.

Finally, you should consider the provider’s reputation. New companies are riskier than well-established brands on the market. Thus, the latter is usually a much more reliable solution.

Tip: It’s usually better to go for a company with a proven track record for service, support, and function.
  • Factor #4: Services, Resources & Capabilities

Your VPS provider should allow for as many possibilities as possible. Sure, you should look for the core offering. But also, you should check for the available add-ons. Essentially, the provider should be able to support your long-term growth.

It’s straightforward but still worth mentioning – your VPS hosting package should be compatible with your operating system, whether it’s Windows or Linux.

Warning: Many VPS providers don’t offer Windows hosting, but Linux VPS only.
Tip: Windows Virtual Private Server Hosting is great for Microsoft SQL Server and ASP.Net, while Linux VPS hosting is excellent for MySQL and PHP-based sites.

Also, if you are already hosting somewhere else, you need to consider whether you get VPS migrations. If yes, are they free or come at a fee? Furthermore, will the hosting company manage the migration, and how long will the process take?

  • Factor #5: Security and Backups

A quality hosting company should keep your site protected at all times. You should review the security features included in each package, such as DDoS Attack Protection or a Cloudflare CDN (also boost speed).

 

Now, imagine the worst-case scenario – something goes wrong, and you lose all data. Here’s where backups come into play.

At this point, you need to ask several questions. How frequently does the hosting company perform backups? How much do they cost (are they free)? Also, if you have a self-managed VPS, is it easy to perform the backups?

  • Factor #6: The Virtualisation Type

The market today offers many virtualization technologies. In general, all offerings provide you with a decent platform. However, there is no one size fits all. So, it’s best to do your research and see what works for you.

You can distinguish between seven primary types of virtualization. Each type differs according to the element it is used on. Furthermore, each can have a different effect on network security.

  1. Operating system virtualization (Virtual Machines)

Virtualizing an OS environment is the most common form. It refers to putting two or more instances of an operating system (such as Linux or Windows) on a single physical machine. Essentially, each container represents the underlying operating system. In addition, it must use the same kernel as the host server. Examples of OS virtualization include OpenVZ and Virtuozzo.

  1. Application-Server Virtualization

Also known as advanced load balancing, application-server virtualization spreads applications across servers, and vice versa, servers across applications. It’s useful for IT teams since it helps them prevent overloading a specific server or underloading a specific application. In other words, you can use it to balance the workload of specific software in an agile way, especially if you have a large project.

Apart from load balancing, you can use application-server virtualization for easier management of servers and applications. With this virtualization technology, you get a single point of management. The public can see a single server, while the rest remains hidden behind a reverse proxy network security appliance. In turn, you can also expect higher security levels and protection.

Warning: Application-server virtualization and application virtualization are not synonymous terms. 
  1. Application Virtualization

Applications operate on computers like they were residing naturally on the hard drive. However, they run on the server instead. They can use hardware specs, such as RAM or CPU, to run the programs while storing them centrally on a server.

In the simplest terms, application virtualization allows IT admins to set up remote applications on a server then deliver the apps to an end user’s computer. Say the application is installed on a computer. Users can access and use the apps from other computers in the same way as using the installed app on a physical machine.

  1. Administrative Virtualization

Administrative virtualization is primarily used in data centers. Essentially, it allows for segmented admin roles through group and user policies. In turn, certain groups can get special access to specific servers, infrastructure, application files, and rules, while others don’t. Furthermore, some might get access to read files, while others can change them, and so on.

  1. Network Virtualization

Using network virtualization, you can abstract network resources that were traditionally delivered in hardware to software. In turn, it can combine multiple physical networks to one virtual or divide one physical network into separate, independent virtual networks.

With network virtualization, you can move virtual machines across different domains without reconfiguring the network. It allows for managing IPs by utilizing tools such as routing tables, NICs, switches, and VLAN tags.

  1. Hardware Virtualization

Hardware virtualization allows you to run multiple operating systems on a single machine. However, it doesn’t put multiple software instances on a computer. Instead, it partitions off chunks of a machine to perform specific tasks.

It’s a rare form of virtualization, and customers often confuse it with operating system virtualization. Still, they are not the same. A typical example of hardware emulation is VMware.

Note: Hardware virtualization is often required for operating system (OS) virtualization.
  1. Storage Virtualization

Storage virtualization refers to using a single virtual storage system to manage an array of servers. Essentially, it pools physical storage from multiple storage devices into a single storage device. You will get a pool of available storage capacity and a central console to manage it as a customer.

Note: The servers within the array aren’t aware of the exact location of their data. Instead, they function more like worker bees in a hive.

As mentioned before, virtualization technology is the core of VPS. So, it’s a key factor in this decision-making.

  • Factor #7: Scalability

Another thing you can ask the provider is about the details regarding the process is for scaling on their servers. Can you scale by yourself? If not, what is the turnaround time for making changes?

A flexible VPS solution means you can upgrade easily without losing any data on your website. Also, the provider should be able to support unforeseen or unexpected traffic.

Finally, can you cancel the subscription if you are not satisfied with the service?

Important: The VPS should have an easy-to-use control panel that provides the basic functions at a minimum. You should be able to upgrade, downgrade, start, stop, or reboot in no time and without a hassle.
  • Factor #8: Customer Support

Your VPS provider should come with continuous and always available customer support if your website encounters a meltdown.

Note: Online reviews are the most reliable sources to check a provider’s customer support. They accurately reflect the ease of use, availability, and responsiveness of the team.
  • Factor #9: Pricing

The cost of the VPS provider comes down last, but it’s still important. You will always face a trade-off between price and quality. However, pricing can be the decisive factor if two hosting companies offer the same features and support.

 

Warning: A cheaper option, such as unmanaged VPS, might turn out more costly in the longer term since it will affect your website’s performance.

Next, you should look at the fine print regarding deals, sales, and contracts. At this point, you should review the terms of the contract and hidden fees. More precisely, are you required to sign a year-long contract, or can you go for monthly offers? Furthermore, is the discount a recurring one, or is it a one-time offer? Will it cost you to go away, say upgrade or downgrade your plan, and so on?

Warning: VPS providers usually offer you a discount on the first purchase. However, the price will increase at renewal.
Warning: Also, be wary of anything that says “unlimited” since it usually means “as much as we can give you.” Most probably, you will not get as much as you expect. So, it would be better to understand the infrastructure you will get and the capabilities of the specific system, the operating system, software, and so on.

You can also find free VPS hosting providers. However, they are not as powerful and robust as the paid VPS. Free VPS solutions can handle a few visitors and are functional to an extent. So, most of all, these solutions are suitable for website owners who create web apps or who want to test VPS hosting before committing to a paid solution.

Still, a free VPS usually comes with lots of ads and website spam. So, you might not pay for the services financially. However, the cost usually translates to a slow website, bad SEO, and limited traffic.

Warning: Free VPS providers can seriously harm your security, performance, and customer support.

1.9. When should you upgrade your VPS plan?

If you are a VPS user and your site faces some performance issues, such as slowing speeds or delivering errors, it can mean a single thing – it’s time to upgrade. However, the question is, should you upgrade to a more advanced VPS plan or switch to a dedicated server?

Warning: Websites can be unreliable due to many factors.

Here are several steps you can take to make a better decision:

  • Optimize your current VPS plan: you should continually check your VPS settings to ensure fast and efficient service. At this point, you should check the Apache, MySQL, and caching configurations or implement a Content Delivery Network (CDN).
  • Speed up your website: If you can detect and eliminate the factors that slow down your website, you can improve the overall experience for end-users. Here, you should consider excess plugins, HTTP requests, and heavy images.
  • Consider resource usage: If your server performance matches the average according to available resources (memory, disk usage, load average), it’s time for an upgrade.

As mentioned, your site can exceed the limits of a VPS plan. If you are already on the most advanced plan (with the maximum available resources), you will need to upgrade to a dedicated server.

2.0. Getting Started with a VPS

The second part of the guide consists of the action after you choose a VPS provider. Here, you can learn what you can or need to do after you have purchased a managed VPS solution. You can find an in-depth, step-by-step guide, along with many expert opinions and tips to help you on your hosting journey.

2.1. How To Set Up A VPS (Step-By-Step)?

I have decided to purchase a virtual private server from Kamatera to show you how to get it up and running. Here’s a step-by-step guide on getting started with a VPS.

  • Step #1: Choose A VPS Plan

Once you have chosen a VPS provider, the next thing you will do is select a plan that can satisfy your individual/business requirements.

Note: Different VPS providers allow for different flexibility within the VPS plans.

For instance, A2 Hosting first divided its solutions into managed and unmanaged. The provider offers six managed VPS plans, each with pre-defined resources:

  • At a minimum, you can get 4 GB RAM, 150 GB SSD, 2 TB Transfer, 2 Cores, and One cPanel Account
  • At a maximum, you can upgrade to 32 GB RAM, 450 GB NVMe, 4 TB Transfer, 8 Cores, and five cPanel Accounts

A2 Hosting's VPS hosting plans

Next, InterServer provides Windows VPS, Linux VPS, WordPress VPS, Webuzo VPS, and Storage VPS, all of which are VPS over the cloud.

As a customer, you can adjust the resources per your requirements:

  • From 1 CPU Core, 2,048 MB Memory, 30 GB SSD, and 1 TB Transfer (Windows VPS: 2 TB Transfer)
  • To 16 CPU Cores, 32,768 MB Memory, 480 GB SSD, and 16 TB Transfer (Windows VPS: 32 TB Transfer)

 

Interserver hosting plans

 

With Kamatera, you get the ultimate level of flexibility. That’s why I prefer this solution. You can choose from a wide range of different specifications:

  • From 1 to 104 vCPU
  • From 256MB to 512GB of RAM
  • From 5GB Storage to tens of terabytes of block storage
  • Up to 1174 various cloud server setup configurations

Furthermore, you can choose from different types of CPUs, operating systems, OS add-ons, daily backups, internet traffic, and public IPs.

 

At this point, you need to match your requirements with what the VPS provider has to offer. Once you select a web hosting provider, the next step is to cover all the essential components for a VPS. Here’s what you need to consider when building your VPS!

  • Step #2: Define the CPU Cores

As explained in this guide, CPUs play a crucial role in the performance of your server. At the moment, Intel and AMD are two major manufacturers of CPUs, each offering three general lines of processors.

Important: Each VPS provider has a specific offer regarding CPUs. With some, you can pick from several options and configurations.

For instance, Kamatera utilizes state-of-the-art Intel Xeon Platinum/Cascade Lake processors,2.7GHz+ and lets you choose the type of CPU which will fit your unique VPS hosting requirements:

  • Type A – Availability
  • Type B – General Purpose
  • Type T – Burstable
  • Type D – Dedicated

A2 Hosting features the Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz in all its VPS plans.

 

vCPU droplist menu

 

  •  Step #3: Type And Amount Of Storage

Apart from the CPU, you also need to determine storage, and especially if you have memory-intensive apps and high storage requirements.

RAM is the short-term memory of your VPS, while storage is the long-term memory.

Nowadays, you can find several different types of RAM in use, such as:

  • Static RAM (SRAM)
  • Dynamic RAM (DRAM)
  • Synchronous Dynamic RAM (SDRAM)
  • Single Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic RAM (SDR SDRAM)
  • Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic RAM (DDR SDRAM, DDR2, DDR3, DDR4)
Tip: The different types of RAM, more or less, serve the same purpose for web hosting. So, there’s no need to get into details, but accept the provider’s offer.

When it comes to storage, it’s best to go for SSD or NVMe. SSD uses an integrated circuit to store data, while NVMe is an interface used to access the stored data at high speed. Thus, the latter is far more advanced, offering better speeds and encryption.

 

Question: What’s better – to have more RAM or more storage?

Answer: It depends on individual needs. If you have more RAM, your server will be able to “think more,” meaning it will be able to use complex programs and execute heavier tasks. If you have more long-term storage, you will be able to store more files on the server.

 

  • Step #4: Choose An Operating System

The question is, how can you choose an operating system for your VPS? Fast forward, if you know what project you will be running on the VPS, you know which OS to get.

Different operating systems deliver distributions specific to a particular type of project. So, the first thing you need to do is answer what you will do with the VPS to choose a suitable operating system. In other words, determine the coding language of your website.

Note: VPS providers often provide Linux support, but not Windows.

For instance, the best OS for your VPS will be Windows if your website is written by ASP.net. These websites need to be run on the IIS web-server, and this web-server can be installed on Windows Server easily. If, in turn, your website is written in PHP, Debian or CentOS distributions are the better alternatives, and so on.

Note: You don’t have to install an OS in your system to choose different distributions for your VPS.
  • Step #5: Get Operating System Add-Ons

The most important add-on for your VPS is the control panel. The two most popular choices in this regard are cPanel and Plesk. The main difference between the two is their user interface and the type of web servers they support. cPanel has a graphical interface and supports only Linux web servers. Plesk, in turn, is similar to the WP admin panel and is compatible with both Linux and Windows servers.

 

Operating System Add-Ons drop list menu

 

Note: Some VPS providers allow you to choose between different control panels, while others have a single offer. Going on, you can select up to how many accounts you wish to have on that particular control panel, usually classified as Admin, Pro, and Premier plans.
  • Step #6: Choose The Number Of IPs

Usually, VPS providers allow you to get more than one IP address, which comes in handy when you are building and maintaining multiple websites. You can set this up during the purchase process or add IPs later on.

  • Step #7: Enter the Control Panel

You can sign up for service as soon as you select your VPS plan with all components. Usually, this process begins with a verification email you receive in your email mailbox. Upon validation, you can proceed with signup.

In general, VPS providers send information on how to access their control panel or view your account’s product information, such as:

  • The domain name and IP address
  • FTP server and login information
  • E-mail server and login information
  • DNS name server information
  • SSH account information
  • Control panel URLs and login information
Note: You can also find your WHM and SSH root login information if you have requested root-level access.

If, however, you haven’t received this data via email, you can find the information within the Customer Portal, usually within the section named ‘Your Active Products/Services section.’

For instance, on A2 Hosting, you can find this information once you click on your managed VPS package, taking you to the Manage page. Here, you can also find additional information, including FTP, SSH, and cPanel login information.

Additional Information

 

Within the Customer Portal, you can usually find many different sections, such as Dashboard, My Cloud, Add-on Services, API, Permissions, Support, Billing, and more. You can utilize all these areas to control your VPS.

First, you can find your Server Overview within the Dashboard. It displays your server info, such as the operating system, configuration (CPU, memory, and total size), power state, and server location.

Overview

 

Note: Some providers allow you to start/stop the VPS, restart it, or shut it down from the Server Overview section.

Next, you can track your server statistics or usage. Here, you can find the different components of the VPS, including CPU Usage, RAM Activity, Network Usage, Disk IOPS, and Disk Transfer.

Adding Dashboard Module

 

Furthermore, you can choose the time frame for the statistics for more detailed feedback and analysis.

 

Testing CPU Usage Statistic

Tip: When you spot a problem with one of the components, it’s best to perform a more detailed analysis to be able to spot and eliminate the cause better.

Testing Ram Activity Statistics

 

With Kamatera, you can also set up a Resources Pie by Zone. Here, you can select from Powered On, Powered Off, vCPUs, RAM, Storage, Private VLANs, and WAN IPs.

Rosources by zone

In Cloud Overview, you can find the total number of servers: the powered on/off, along with resource usage (vCPU, RAM, Storage, VLANs, WAN IPs).

 

My Cloud - Zone

The Dashboard also contains a billing overview as a comprehensive view of your current and upcoming payments.

Usually, in the Billing Section, you can find personal and payment methods information, such as cardholder name, card number, expiration, your billing profile, promo codes, and account quota.

Here, you can also request a quota increase by filling in the information, such as the number of servers, maximum server price, monthly number of servers, and monthly number of WAN IPs.

Billing Profile

 

Furthermore, the Billing Section, in general, consists of Usage Reports and Transaction History.

 

Usage Reports

In the Control Panel, you can manage your VPS server. Here, you can open your server to check all related information.

 

Server Management

For instance, you can set tags/projects, add server notes, find connection credentials (SSH, root), update data, reset server passwords, or open the remote console.

 

Server Managed

Here’s how the Remote Console looks. You can use it to monitor or control your VPS.

Remote Console

 

Within Server Management, you can also create snapshots, review your existing or add a network interface or configure your server.

 

Network Interfaces

You can connect, disconnect, change password, add an IP address, remove the existing IP or interface, find network info or change the interface type of your network interface.

 

As mentioned, you can also add a new Network Interface. Here, you can choose to reboot and add the interface automatically or manually. Also, you can choose a VLAN name, IP Address Scope, Gateway, DNS 1 and 2, and IP address.

Adding Network Interface

 

When updating your server configuration, you can change the type of CPU, CPU amount, RAM, hard disk, management services, add backups, change the billing cycle, or add WAN traffic.

Server Configuration

 

Going on, VPS providers allow you to manage users within the control panel. You can add an individual/entity and assign them a password from there.

 

Furthermore, you can grant permissions to the panel to individuals/groups.

When it comes to APIs, you can create new keys, review existing ones, or delete an API.

 

Keys tab

Note: Kamatera provides a Documentation section, where it clearly explains all API-related actions, such as key generation, getting access to, communicating with the API, authentication, authorization, API requests, etc.

 

You can also find a terminal-based CLI interface for server and infrastructure management using supported APIs. From here, you can download the latest binary for your OS, and extract the downloaded archive and place the binary in your PATH.

CLI tab

 

Within Developers Tools, you can access third-party tools and integrations.

Note: Third-party tools and integrations might require API keys.

And finally, all VPS providers allow you to access their customer support team straight from the control panel. You can create tickets, review closed tickets, and usually access email support, knowledge bases, FAQ sections, and so on.

 

More Information tab

3. Cost Vs. Value of VPS

The cost of a VPS depends on several factors, including features, level of support, and overall performance. In any case, you can expect to pay more than you would for shared hosting and less than you would for a dedicated server.

Pricing is a subjective matter. What’s cheap for one user is expensive for another, so we’ll skip the discussion entirely. It would be best to discuss with your prospective hosting providers to understand what they offer and whether it fits your budget and pays off in the long term.

Still, we will discuss another interesting question. Essentially, what will happen if you choose a VPS based solely on price? What is the cost of the wrong hosting provider?

Cheap hosting providers usually don’t deliver good performance, meaning slower websites, which affects sales. In other words, they come with trade-offs that increase the overall cost of the service.

Note: One in four people will abandon a website if a page takes longer than four seconds to load; one in four people will abandon the site entirely.

Next, if you go for a VPS provider with insufficient support from knowledgeable staff, you will face further issues. Say you encounter some downtime. If the team is available to assist you, you can resolve it in no time. However, if you go for a less reputable company, you should expect, you can expect less security software and protocol or no security at all.

Important: Many users make the mistake of a cheap VPS once. Compromising one’s security and website performance usually ends up with losing money in the long term.

Key Takeaways

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) combines the best of both worlds – the private resources of a dedicated server and the low price of shared hosting. It divides a single physical piece of hardware into more virtual servers using a virtualization technology known as the hypervisor. In turn, a VPS is the best alternative for users with growing websites, demands for increased control or root access, many domains and IPs, better reliability, speed, security, and overall server performance.

A VPS also finds other potential and fascinating uses, such as creating a game server, developing and testing code and apps, encrypting wireless connections, using it as a hacking tool, as an image server, for APIs, and so on.

As a customer, you can find several different types of virtual private servers on the market, including VPS over the cloud, VPS with WP integration, or a VDS. Going on, Virtual Dedicated Servers (VDS) might be configured for three components – CPU, RAM, or Bandwidth. So, you can suit your demands even better, matching your needs with what VPS hosting providers have to offer.

In this sense, you can also choose between managed and unmanaged VPS solutions. However, as explained in the guide, the latter is an insufficient alternative, even if you have extensive IT knowledge, skills, or experience. If the server is not configured properly, it can lead to poorer performance and more downtime. On the other hand, a managed VPS can save you both time and even resources (in the long term). It provides for better server performance and allows you to focus on the core aspects of your business.

And sure, with a VPS, you might benefit from excellent value for money, high control over the server, security and data protection in an isolated environment, scalable and flexible service, and more. Still, it all comes down to selecting a quality web hosting provider.

So, apart from a managed solution, it would help to consider several other variables when choosing a VPS, such as the hardware specifications of the machine, operating system and other resources and capabilities, security, backups, virtualization type, and pricing.

Regardless of whether you have downgraded from a dedicated server, upgraded from a shared one, or you are purchasing your first web hosting plan ever – setting up your VPS is an exciting adventure. You get to choose from different providers, plans, and components. Once you enter the control panel, you can further enhance your experience with operating system add-ons and plugins. Essentially, you can play with lots of options, customizing the VPS as you imagined it!

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can a VPS be hacked?

Yes, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) can be hacked. It’s a server; thus, it comes with all the security vulnerabilities of any non-virtual server. In other words, it’s approximately as safe as dedicated hosting. However, it’s much more secure than a shared environment.

2. Why is a VPS a popular solution for Forex?

A VPS is significantly faster in transmitting orders than a computer. It reduces delays, power outages, internet disconnections, and market slippages known to increase losses and unpredictability. In other words, a Forex VPS hosting ensures the MT4 trading platform stays online at all times (100% uptime) and reduces the risk of loss in foreign exchange trading.

3. Why do people use a VPS?

A VPS virtually mimics dedicated server environments within a shared server. It’s a popular hosting solution because it allows for private/reserved resources (CPU, Bandwidth, and RAM) like dedicated servers. However, it delivers these services at a fraction of the cost. In turn, a VPS is a much more reliable, secure, and fast solution than shared hosting.

4. Is VPS the same as VPN?

No, it’s not. These two are commonly confused terms. However, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a form of web hosting that keeps the website online. On the other hand, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service and technology that allows you to remain completely private and anonymous when using the web. Note: You can configure the VPS as a VPN to hide and secure your Internet traffic.

5. Does VPS have a cPanel?

cPanel is the simplest and most popular solution for managing a VPS, even though there are lots of other alternatives. The cPanel is a no-brainer when it comes to hosting multiple websites or larger sites.

6. Is VPS in the cloud?

A VPS might be hosted on a single physical server or over the cloud – a virtual partition consisting of multiple physical servers for maximum scalability and high availability. VPS is also sometimes known as private cloud since it’s based on servers crafted using a virtualization mechanism – there are multiple individual dedicated slots with dedicated resources on the same virtual machine.

7. Is VPS good for gaming?

Yes, a VPS is an excellent option for a game server. It comes with great benefits, including root access, Windows/Linux support, enhanced security, ease of use, and 24/7 support. Furthermore, you can add as many GPUs as you need – these are essential gaming system components, sometimes even more crucial than the CPU when it comes to playing certain types of games.

8. What is the difference between VPS and VDS?

Many consider VDS as somewhat of a fancy label for a higher-end VPS. In some circles, VDS is regarded as a VPS – both allocate a part of physical hardware resources. Still, they differ in the virtualization method. A VPS uses virtualization on OS level, while a VDS uses hardware virtualization. Thus, the first allows for multiple server instances, while the latter is configured to host only one. Furthermore, a VDS usually has one to two custom components (CPU, RAM, and Bandwidth). If it has all three dedicated resources, it’s classified as a dedicated server.

9. Do Virtual Private Servers come with a money-back guarantee?

Yes, they usually do. VPS providers might allow you a 7-day, 30-day, or 45-day money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied with the service.

10. When should I upgrade to a VPS?

If your website is growing, slowing down, or you see a lot of server errors, it’s time for an upgrade. You might also want to get better control over the server or you are on a limited budget, thus unable to get dedicated hosting.