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A virtual private server (VPS) is partitioned so that each user has its own operating system, disc space, and bandwidth. A VPS hosting environment mimics a dedicated hosting server within a shared hosting environment. That means it is technically both shared hosting and dedicated hosting. While you still might need to share memory and CPU time, a portion of the server is entirely dedicated just to you.
Many hosting customers choose VPS over shared hosting because it provides a higher level of control and you will only have access to your virtual environment. For those who want to have dedicated hosting, but aren't quite ready or have outgrown shared hosting, VPS hosting is the perfect bridge.
If you are unsure that you are ready to make the leap to a dedicated server, VPS is a good next step. Before committing to VPS, think about how much traffic you get typically in a day and how much control over your website you need. If you are a hobbyist or have a brand-new website that only gets a few visitors a day, then you should go with shared hosting.
However, if your website generates more than 100,000 hits per day, or your site uses a significant amount of resources, then you might want to use a VPS. If you plan on needing more resources in the next year or so, then VPS is a good option because it can scale with you and is easily adjustable. A VPS can host as many websites as you need. It's a flexible hosting solution that could be a good option for a smaller business with less of a budget.
Developers tend to opt for a VPS hosting provider over a shared hosting service because it is easier to deploy web applications due to the higher level of control. While you can get root access in dedicated hosting services as well, VPS offers a more affordable option to reach similar levels of command. However, root access should be used with caution and only by people who have technical experience because it can be easy to delete or destroy files accidentally.
If security is a huge concern, then VPS is usually a better option than shared hosting providers. It provides firewalls and unique-to-user password entries to ensure that the back-end of your site is always secure. However, you should access your needs fully before jumping into a contract with a VPS hosting provider because dedicated services and cloud services give you a similar level of security and features. Remember, much of the security depends on your technical skills and your ability to correctly configure the server.
However, if you are a relative newbie to the technical side of websites, then it might be a better idea to go for a hosting provider that can help you manage your site. Or if you a small business or everyday website owner without a staff to correctly configure and monitor the website, you should reconsider VPS hosting. Instead, look into options like cloud hosting to get high levels of security and good resources allocated towards your business. Likewise, cloud hosting can scale with your business as it grows, similarly to VPS hosting. However, if you want the same level of control as VPS hosting, it would be better to go with a dedicated hosting plan, which is more expensive but gives the user complete control over all settings.
Otherwise, if you are tech-savvy user and would like to manage your own server because it gives you the freedom and flexibility to install your own software and configure your own settings, then you should explore VPS hosting further.
Doing your research on support staff can save you time and headaches down the line. Having a responsive support staff can help get your website up as fast as possible if anything goes wrong.