This IPitch guest article was kindly supplied by Alyssa Magarey. Alyssa is a great tech enthusiast working at Web24, which offers secure and reliable web hosting. She likes to be on top of the latest technology trends and test new gadgets.
Virtual Private Servers, or VPS, are a great solution for hosting web content. They aren’t always considered by businesses because they are not too well known, but they are certainly a viable option in most cases. It might just be something that could hugely benefit your business. Here’s everything you need to know about what VPS can do for you.
1. Performance similar to dedicated servers
Dedicated servers can often be too pricey for small businesses and start-ups, but there’s a solution to that. A VPS costs so much less, but offers the same kind of performance, which makes it a fantastic bargain. It has additional security features above shared hosting, keeps your content isolated, and offers more flexibility. That definitely makes shared hosting look like the inferior choice.
2. Costs are cheaper
As we mentioned in the last point, VPS servers cost a lot less than dedicated servers. The infrastructure costs less and it is a lot easier to scale your hosting up, which means you get a much better deal overall. Having physical servers is a waste of money when you have this option available – and what business couldn’t do to save money?
3. Performance is faster than shared hosting
With shared hosting, you may have the cheapest option. But what you certainly don’t have is the best performance. VPS hosting can give your website a faster load time, which means a better experience for your customers. This can even help with your search ranking: Google likes to boost pages which load quickly, so you could find your website shooting to the top of the results.
4. Customer support is available
If you aren’t so good at dealing with tech issues, then you probably won’t know what to do if things go wrong. The great news about VPS servers is that your hosting company will provide you with a technical manager or support helpline which you can turn to if you are out of your depth. They will be able to help you understand what is going on and sort everything out.
5. Security is better
Hacking is a big issue for business websites, as are other malicious attacks like denial of service. To ensure that your data and your site are as safe as possible, it’s important to invest in security. The good news is that VPS servers tend to be more secure because they are on the virtual equivalent of a dedicated server. This means that the security configurations are tailored to your needs, rather than set up to a default as with shared hosting.
6. There are more options and better flexibility
If you want to add in a new operating system, or install third party software, then it’s possible on a VPS hosting plan. You don’t need to stick to one set-up like you would with shared hosting. You have direct access to the web based control panel which changes the way that the site is set up. You can change as much as you want, when you want – and make back-ups easily before doing this as well.
It seems that VPS hosting is a better option in all ways. The only thing that you need to be aware of is checking the compatibility of your software for use on a virtual platform, but since you can use any software you want out of all the compatible options, you can easily make it work. It’s a great step up from shared hosting without the expenses of going for a dedicated server in your own right.