Shared hosting is sufficient for a small blog or a website with small amounts of traffic, but every successful business eventually outgrows shared hosting and needs to expand. The next step for a website owner is to upgrade to cloud services and VPS. Virtual Private Servers (VPS) offer many more advantages compared to shared hosting, and 2017 is a great time to upgrade.
How Shared Hosting can Limit You.
When you first start out with your own website, shared hosting is an attractive offer. It's only a few bucks a month, and it's a good way to get your feet wet with the world of site ownership. However, with shared hosting, you're severely limited in bandwidth, server resources and control of your site applications. If your application requires custom settings, most web hosts will not accommodate you on shared hosting, because any changes in a shared environment affect all other websites on the server. You could be sharing a server with thousands of other customers, so hosts generally keep server settings the same across all sites and servers.
A major disadvantage to shared hosting is the limitations in resources. If your site's traffic booms, your host might force you into a new contract. Your site's excessive use of shared resources affects all other site owners.
VPS is the Next Step.
Once you've determined that you need more resources for your site, VPS is essentially the next step. Dedicated servers are also an option, but they are too costly for a site that hasn't grown substantially. Dedicated servers require someone with technical know-how to manage them, so they are usually the next step after VPS services.
Virtual private servers differ from dedicated servers, but the interface is similar. A VPS is basically a virtual machine running on one physical machine. You still share server resources, but your instance is sandboxed from others, which means that you can configure your server how you want as long as it remains within the confines of your contract.
For instance, if you lease a VPS server with 100GB of hard drive space, you can't go over that amount unless you pay more. What you do get is increased resources that don't share memory and hard drive space with other site owners. This alone is an improvement from older shared hosting plans.
VPS is a small instance of what "looks like" a dedicated server, so it's a good way to get experience on hosting your own server. Many hosts provide you with a custom control dashboard to help manage your server.
You can even lease a VPS server to host test websites or use them for new development before you deploy your main site. With a VPS, you can test web services before you deploy them to the production site. This will help you avoid critical errors.
ServerPoint offers VPS services in the cloud, which means you can pick from multiple data centers to host your website, for higher availability and faster performance. If you're looking for an upgrade from your current hosting plan, check out ServerPoint's cloud-based VPSservice.
With our cloud VPS hosting service, you can start 2017 out right - with all the resources you need for your website to grow and expend!