In its simplest form, a virtual private server (VPS) is a virtual machine sold by an Internet hosting service. It runs its own copy of an operating system and functionally it’s equivalent to a dedicated physical server; and, being software defined, a VPS is easier to create and configure.

The difference between shared hosting & VPS hosting

Shared hosting is like living in an apartment building and sharing your neighbors’ problems. You hear their music through the wall. If one of them leaves the main door open, your security is at risk.

VPS Hosting is more like living in a townhouse with your own private yard, and never having to overhear your neighbors. The only common area you share is the parking area and entrance; all traffic goes through one network port.

In contrast to apartments or shared hosting accounts, you pay more for a VPS hosting, but you can do what you want with the space, and your neighbors’ problems aren’t your problems.

Why VPS?

VPS hosting gives you the features and functionality of a dedicated server without the cost of building and maintaining one.

In addition, a VPS plan is a good bridge between low-cost shared hosting and the reliability of a dedicated server. If a company doesn’t have the system administration experience in-house, it’s best to go with a VPS hosting provider that also gives you a “fully managed” server.

You can manage your dedicated environment directly or via a remote desktop connection. In addition, you can add a control panel like cPanel. This device enables the administrative user to perform actions in their VPS hosting immediately, without having to contact support and have a technician complete any necessary requests.

How to determine a good VPS provider

If you are one of the many small-to-medium-size businesses searching for a solid VPS provider, you need to seek out the best VPS packages at the most competitive prices. This should be achieved without sacrificing features or quality, however.

The smart business owner needs to conduct his due diligence by asking the right questions at the onset. Look for server stability issues, up-time guarantees, connectivity issues, and effect on others’ websites on the same server — such as security issues, unexpected crashes, and/or upgrades.

Don’t purchase blindly. Various factors like allocating maximum resources to your server when needed, offering the best up-time, and working with you to give you the best customized VPS experience will tell you a lot about your potential hosting provider.

AccuWebHosting is a leading web hosting provider that now offers Windows server 2012 OS with Windows Private Cloud VPS hosting. Their plans start as low as $33.00 per month, which includes hosting of unlimited websites and their SmarterBundle Pro for free.

It’s extremely important to seek a web host provider that offers customized VPS packages and only includes those services that will actually meet your company needs. With such hosts, you get the freedom to choose the kind of services and resources that are important to you, and also have the option to upgrade any time you want, rather than being stuck with a predefined package with zero flexibility.

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