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VPS Web Hosting

By Scott Ankner

Virtual Service Hosting makes it possible for thousands of individuals to host their own personal web sites at a very reasonable cost. It has some drawbacks, nevertheless. Hundreds of web-sites can be hosted on a single server resources such as CPU, disk space, and bandwidth need to be shared with your virtual neighbors.

Shared resources usually are no problem for small to moderate sized web sites. Your main restriction is the lack of control over system level software, http servers, mail servers etc. You don’t have any choice of operating-system and you cannot compile programs or do administrative tasks such as setting up Spam filters or firewalls.

Many people would say ‘So what? I don’t want to do that stuff anyway!’ It’s correct that the majority of website owners have no interest or ability to handle this kind of work and are very happy to leave it to the hosting company. Those who desire more control over their server environment or want to experiment with new software, however, could obtain access to this level of management with a Virtual Server Hosting.

A virtual private server (VPS) is a physical server which has been partitioned (utilizing software) into several virtual machines, each acting as a completely independent dedicated server. The physical resources such as Ram memory, CPU and storage space are still shared, but each VPS acts independently of the others. Each Virtual private server may have a different operating-system and can be designed in any way possible.

The key advantage of Virtual Server Hosting is enabling each manager use of the root level of his virtual server hosting. This kind of access allows the administrator to install and delete software, set permissions, create accounts ” in short, do everything that the administrator of a ‘real’ sever can.

In addition to offering more control over your web hosting environment, a Virtual Server Hosting is much more secure than shared hosting. Web sites on a shared server all have the same operating-system, so if a hacker were to find access to the root of the server they could harm any or all of the websites on that server. A VPS, on the other hand, is split in a way that even though a hacker were to gain entry through one account, it’s impossible to access the others. Each virtual server hosting account is invisible to the others and no one is able to set up root level access from one Virtual private server to another.

Virtual server hosting could be set up in various ways so be sure to understand how the hosting company has allotted resources. The most common configuration is to divide all of the physical resources equally by the amount of accounts. Therefore, if there are ten virtual servers, each would be given 10% of the total bandwidth, CPU, memory and disk space.

The disadvantages of virtual server hosting are almost the same as the benefits. The control that a VPS account offers can be unsafe if you do not know what you will be doing. You have the ability to remove data files, set permissions incorrectly, permit virus-laden software on the system and, in general, actually mess things up. If you don’t have the know-how to administer a server, or are not ready to learn, virtual server hosting is not for you.

In case your websites has outgrown shared web hosting, however, virtual server hosting offers an inexpensive alternative to dedicated hosting. When shopping for a virtual server host, be certain to learn how system resources are split up, the quantity of virtual server hosting accounts on each physical server, the method for upgrading, as well as the options of operating systems.

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Ankner, Scott "VPS Web Hosting." VPS Web Hosting. 24 Jun. 2010. 6 Feb 2016 <>.

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