What is VPS Hosting?
If your site's too big for shared hosting, but too small for dedicated server hosting, VPS hosting may be just the right solution for you.
To better understand VPS hosting, you must first understand what both dedicated server hosting and VPS are. A dedicated server offers privacy, security, and dedicated resources. You don't have to compete with any other websites for bandwidth, speed, and storage space. It's your own private little island in the hosting ocean.
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server, and it's exactly that—virtual. A VPS creates an environment similar to that of a dedicated server, but in a shared hosting situation. In other words, you're still sharing the physical server with other publishers, but you have a bit of private space within that shared space. So you're sharing an island with other natives, but your area is fenced off from everyone else.
Why would you opt for VPS hosting when you could have a dedicated server all to yourself? The main reason is cost. VPS is the best of both the dedicated and shared hosting worlds—some of the features you'd get with a dedicated server, but at a shared hosting price.
Where smaller sites will do just fine with shared hosting, and large, enterprise-level sites definitely need dedicated server hosting, VPS hosting can work best for medium-sized sites that have a moderate amount of traffic.
Another advantage of VPS hosting is the ability to customize your operating system, something you can do with a dedicated server, too, but not with shared hosting. You also get a dedicated amount of RAM available to you, and only you.
Some server applications may require that you restart the server upon installation or update. With shared hosting, you can't restart the server whenever you want, if ever, as this would cause all the sites hosted on that server to go down at once. With VPS hosting, although you technically share a server, you have the ability to restart your virtual server at any time without affecting any other sites on the physical server.
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|Hosting Plan||Features||Reviews||Disk Space||Bandwidth||Price|
|Standard VPS Hosting Plan||
||216 user reviews||30GB||1TB||$28.74/mo
Read BlueHost Reviews
|VPS Class Plan||
||112 user reviews||50GB||Unlimited||$40.00/mo
Read Arvixe Reviews
|Dynamic VPS Hosting Plan||
||34 user reviews||10GB||200GB||$9.89/mo
Read A2 Hosting Reviews
|1 GB VPS Hosting Plan||
||134 user reviews||25GB||1,000GB||$39.95/mo
Read GreenGeeks Reviews
|Custom Linux Plan||
||119 user reviews||20GB||300GB||$15.95/mo
Read MyHosting.com Reviews
|Web Host Standard Plan||
||20 user reviews||5GB||120GB||$14.95/mo
Read LiquidWeb Reviews
|CLOUD VPS HOSTING #1 Plan||
||No reviews yet||15GB||600GB||$25.00/mo
Read HostNine Reviews
|XXSmall VPS Hosting Plan||
||1 user review||10GB||10MB||$3.65/mo
Read Atlantic.net Reviews
|Linux LV30 Plan||
||No reviews yet||20GB||5TB||$29.95/mo
Read Canadian Webhosting Reviews
|Linux VPS-Basic Plan||
||5 user reviews||20GB||500GB||$11.95/mo
Read ServerPronto Reviews
|VPS Standard Plan||
||No reviews yet||25GB||600MB||$29.99/mo
Read Bod Host Reviews
|Reseller Cloud Hosting Plan||
||2 user reviews||5GB||Unlimited||$9.95/mo
Read HostRocket Reviews
||No reviews yet||25GB||50GB||$39.42/mo
Read Names.co.uk Reviews
|Starter VPS Hosting Plan||
||1 user review||40GB||500GB||$59.99/mo
Read Simply Hosting Reviews
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