While most of our readers are familiar with the term ‘hosting’, the abbreviation VPS is not as popular.
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. A private server, much like a personal hosting service, makes sure your website is up and running, and 24/7 available to Internet users.
So what’s the difference?
Imagine virtual hosting as a dormitory where many students live. They enter through the same door, each student has their own bed, but the household appliances are shared.
Let’s continue with this analogy, with a virtual server representing a separate apartment, where the occupant has their own entrance, bathroom, landline, and other means of communication.
Now, let’s take a closer look at these differences.
VPS is guaranteed to provide you with large amounts of necessary resources, i.e., disk space and memory. A virtual server is, in fact, similar to its physical counterpart, the only difference being that several virtual servers can be placed on a single physical one.
When renting a VPS, you always get root-access, allowing you to install any software required to run your website, as well as any libraries and applications you may need.
VPS has its own IP address, which you don’t have to share with your neighbors. This is important, as it is often the case that it’s not a specific website that is banned by Google, but all of the websites sharing the IP address. In addition, having a personal IP address improves data protection.
With VPS, you can quickly and easily redistribute available resources between your projects. The number of websites, databases, and mailboxes hosted on the server is also unlimited.
Which one should you choose?
If your website has been sufficiently promoted and receives a lot of traffic every day, and you are limited by what virtual hosting offers you, yet your needs (or financial capabilities) do not justify purchasing or renting a private physical server, VPS is an excellent solution for you!
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If you’ve only just begun conquering the Internet, and are only using simple web pages and basic websites, and you don’t need a lot of space to store your data, then virtual hosting is a perfect choice!