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Whether you are a business owner or need to promote a personal interest, VPS hosting may be for you.  However, with the ever evolving Internet, it may be difficult to really understand all of the basics of VPS hosting.  Well, never fear!  Here is some basic information regarding VPS hosting.

Prior to starting a VPS, one should have some knowledge with regard to the technology associated with running a web page.  Often times, web hosting companies do not offer technical support.  As such, it is up to the individual to perform his or her own troubleshooting and fix their own problems as they arise.  Therefore, if you are not technologically savvy, you may want to befriend someone who is so that your site will not go down due to a fixable problem.

One of the first things you should know is that virtual private servers are not dedicated servers, but they are not exactly shared servers either.  They fall somewhere in between.  VPS may be shared by many different websites, but the websites have their own memory and disc space.  This does not mean that your VPS is private, but it is more private than a shared server.  You may want to review the differences between shared and dedicated servers before investing in a virtual private server.  This way you will understand exactly what you are getting as well as be able to make an informed decision as to whether or not a VPS is what you need.

Individuals using a VPS do have some control with regard to the software they use and choose to install.  This is similar to the benefits of using a dedicated server but with a lower cost to the user.  Because of this, it would be beneficial to the user to do a little research with regard to the type of software he or she wants to use to run their server.  If you do not have an abundance of technology skills, you may wish to choose a software package that is user friendly and reliable.

With regard to cost, virtual private servers are more expensive than a shared server but less expensive than a dedicated server.  As such, you want to make sure that the company you choose gives you the most for your money.  Remember, a VPS is an investment in your business.  As such, you have the right to look critically at all of the services offered by a variety of hosting companies.

As with anything, it is important that you do your research and choose the most reputable web hosting site available.  It may behoove you to create a checklist of what types of services that you require so that you do not waste time looking into packages that do not meet your needs.  Additionally, you need to research the company, including reading customer reviews.  You want to choose a company who has been in business for a number of years and, if possible, find a company that offers some type of technical support.

Posted by admin on March 13th, 2011 :: Filed under VPS Hosting