What Is VPS Hosting?
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server, and is a virtualized server. A VPS server mimics a dedicated server within a shared hosting environment. It is technically both shared hosting and dedicated hosting.
VPS Hosting is one of several types of web hosting accounts you can choose from to host your website online. To have a website on the internet, you need to have your website files on a web server. Setting up and managing a server can not only be expensive, but difficult too. Purchasing web hosting allows someone to rent space on a web server, making it easier for the average person to have host a website online because all they need to do is upload their site files (no server setup is needed on their part). There are several types of web hosting accounts available:
1. Shared Hosting
2. VPS Hosting
3. Dedicated Server Hosting
All three of these hosting account types are similar in the fact that they all give you a web server to run your website on. They vary in how they are setup, the features they offer, and the level of customization you can have with each one.
What are the benefits of VPS Hosting?
VPS servers give you the affordability of shared hosting while at the same time giving you more power and control like a dedicated server.Privacy
As you don't share your OS with anyone else, there are no other websites on your server that potentially have access to your files.Customization
With a VPS Server, you have your own Operating System. This also means that you have your own instances of all server applications such as Apache, PHP, and MySQL.
If you need to have any of these services customized, you can make changes to suit the server to your needs.Control
If you're installing server applications that require a system restart, you can do so at any time. Even though technically you share a server with other VPS servers, your VPS server can be restarted without affecting anyone else.Dedicated Resources
On a VPS Server, you have dedicated amounts of RAM available to you at any time. Unlike shared hosting, there is no one else on your server that can use utilize all the RAM when you need it most!