What is VPS Hosting?
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. A VPS hosting server is a server that is set up as a virtual machine that allows separate partitions to act as their own server. With a VPS hosting server you have a dedicated amount of hard drive space, RAM, processing power and bandwidth. This resource cannot be used by any other websites hosted on the VPS hosting.
Some VPS hosting providers offer manage and unmanaged packages. A manage VPS means the hosting provider manages things like software, hardware, network, and security which could result no headaches for you. An unmanaged VPS means the hosting provider does not manage software, hardware, network or security. The advantage of the unmanaged VPS is it typically cost less and if you are knowledgeable about servers, you have the ability to set the VPS up how you want, such as which flavor of Linux you would like to use.
Typically someone choses a VPS when they need more power and resources then shared hosting can provide, but do not need a dedicated server.
Advantages of VPS Hosting
There are many advantages to using is increase load speed for pages, ability to handle higher traffic websites and improved security. If you are a web designer or looking to host other businesses website, you can take advantage of the ability to manage clients’ accounts (ability to set storage, bandwidth and many other settings) and offer your own name sever, which results in better branding for your business. Having a VPS Hosting account also allows you to have multiple IP addresses for your websites.
Disadvantages of VPS Hosting
There are very few disadvantages to picking a VPS. The major one would be if you do not need to have the amount of resources dedicated then you should pick a shared hosting package. Some providers of VPS provide limit support on hardware, software, networking or security issues. Check with a potential VPS Hosting provider to make sure that your level of computer skills matches the requirements of the VPS Hosting package you are considering.