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It is very important to understand what is shared web hosting and what is VPS hosting. Why is this important? Well, if you are on shared hosting, that means you are sharing the same server with other people. When you have VPS hosting, you are alone on that server and nobody else, all resources are dedicated only to your website.
Are you looking for a specific Linux OS? Do you need Web Host Manager (WHM) to manage customers with individualized cPanel accounts? These are just some of many factors that can help you decide what’s best for you.
If your business has grown large enough that shared hosting isn’t enough and your website is slowing down, then it’s time to move on to VPS hosting. In this article, we will explain what is VPS Hosting and we’ll go through details, and see what type of VPS hosting plans are available.
What is VPS hosting?
VPS stands for “virtual private server.” It is a virtual machine on a single server or slice from entire dedicated server. Each VPS server can run its own OS and it’s using a small portion of a dedicated server, while you have almost the same features of a dedicated server.
If you having trouble envisioning how it works, think of a one building with small apartments. The entire building is a dedicated server, and each apartment is a VPS server, which is dedicated to you, and you are the only one that can manage it.
What kind of VPS servers are available?
You might see a lot different types of VPS servers:
- Cloud VPS Hosting
- Managed VPS Hosting
- Unmanaged VPS Hosting
- High-Performance VPS Hosting
Managed VPS Hosting
A managed VPS, or knows as a fully Managed VPS, comes with the pre-install and pre-configured OS, required software, and apps. Here at BrickellHost, our Fully Managed VPS comes with pre-installed WHM (Web Host Manager) and 5 cPanel accounts. Also, you will get the latest updated OS (operating system) version for your VPS hosting.
When you order Managed VPS Hosting, we are taking care of your VPS server, any required updates and maintenance, so you can focus on your business.
What are the basics that are included with Managed VPS Hosting:
- Basic Technical support.
- Server monitoring.
- Denial of Service (DoS) protection.
- OS, software, and apps upgrades.
Besides these basic maintenance tasks, we can always help you or answer questions about any other apps that you are trying to install on your server. You can always contact us with any questions.
Unmanaged VPS Hosting
Unmanaged VPS Hosting, on the other hand, it’s completely different than Fully Managed VPS Hosting. When you order Unmanaged VPS, you can choose what type of OS do you want to use, or even you can choose to install any application during the order process. The applications are Woocommerce, WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and a lot more.
How’s different from Managed VPS Hosting?
With Unmanaged VPS, you do not get any maintenance included, OS updates, software updates, or anything else that is included with Managed VPS. You will receive only basic support with this type of hosting.
You have to take care of any updates or any type of maintenance if required. To manage a VPS server on your own, does require technical skills or any system admin experience.
Here is a list of few required skills that are required:
- Knowledge about Linux.
- Using Secure Shell (SSH).
- Software management (e.g. Apache, Nginx, LiteSpeed…).
- Disaster Recovery.
- Backup and snapshot management.
Because of these reasons, most of the users are choosing Managed VPS Hosting, so they can focus on their business and website, while we are taking care of their VPS servers.
Do you need VPS Hosting?
It all depends on your needs and your website traffic and usage. Shared hosting it’s good for small websites, or some of the shared hosting plans are optimized for busy websites. But your website might be at some point where it gets a lot of traffic and it slows down due to limited resources on your shared hosting plan.
If this happens to your website, then it’s time to move on to VPS hosting. There are always Pros and Cons between all web hosting solutions, but we can point some of the Pros of Managed VPS Hosting:
- Hosting solution that is made for websites with high traffic.
- You have Root access to your server and you can install any 3rd party app that you want.
- More resources are dedicated to your website.
- You don’t share the hosting environment with other users and it’s dedicated only to you.
- You can resale hosting packages using WHM. (This is a good choice for web agencies)
- A lot higher bandwidth only for your website and nobody else.
If most of your business is operating online such as an eCommerce website, a large blog that has a lot of visitors, or even if you want to have full access to your server and install any 3rd party app, then VPS hosting is the right solution for you.
We are always here to help you pick the right plan for your website, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact our support.
I hope this article helps you understand what is VPS Hosting, and what’s the difference between Managed and Unmanaged VPS Hosting.