When it comes to finding a US Windows VPS Hosting plan, there is an abundance of options to select from.

However, it is not all about getting a VPS Hosting plan, but getting the best in respect to your financial strength.

In this article, you will be exposed to the fundamentals of all you need to know about US Windows VPS hosting. All the technical terms will be thoroughly explained.

After reading this piece, you would make the best decisions concerning US Windows VPS Hosting.

Self Managed Server

Self-managed servers often referred to as unmanaged servers, are the servers that the host provides no management or maintenance.

To put it in simple terms, we can compare a Self Managed VPS to a PC with no pre-installed applications, but the user can install applications on their own or perform other functions using the command-line.

In a self-managed VPS server, the hosting provider is only responsible for providing a functional physical server. Many users love the freedom self-managed VPS gives and will pick it ahead of fully managed servers anytime. This is a more favorable option for users who are tech-savvy and have experience in managing VPS. Some of the features of self managed VPS include:

Customization: With a Self-managed server, you have control over all the aspects of a server. The freedom allows you to install any application and software and also have control over who has access to the data.

It also allows you to manage security at all levels by yourself and help you become self-reliant in matters pertaining to VPS hosting- installations, updates, etc.

Prices- Compared to a fully managed VPS, a self-managed VPS is always cheaper since the only resource the hosting provider is giving is the server space. Some self-managed VPS are even available for free. However, in the long run, it might not be so.

Recall that for a self-managed VPS, the server configuration and update, security, technical support, and everything are provided by you.

In a situation where you are unable to perform all these yourself, you would have to hire a system administrator for your server management.

Alternatively, you get a third party server management company to manage your server.

All this means one thing, additional cost, and the bad news is that the cost will likely be higher than opting for a fully managed VPS.

Also, software licensing such as Cloud Linux, LiteSpeed, Softaculous, or cPanel would incur an extra cost as well.

Security: a Self-managed VPS gives you the chance to control all levels of security involved in your data protection. So you have the option of making it intensive or minimal, just as you want.

Self-reliance: with a self-managed server, you do not have to wait or rely on someone else to make changes to your website or server. Updates, installations, configuration, and setting up is totally dependent on you.

Cons of Self managed VPS

Inasmuch as self-managed VPS offers freedom, there are downsides to it. Below are some disadvantages of using self-managed VPS.

Difficulty: A proper running of a self-managed VPS requires excellent technical skills. It is not advisable for someone with little knowledge of web servers to have a self-managed VPS.

Although people with little or no knowledge can get a self-managed VPS provided they have the funds to hire a full time IT professional. However, it is best to stick to fully managed VPS if you have no knowledge except if necessary.

Server Performance: the performance of the server is totally dependent on you.

If it happens that the server is not performing up to the expectation, you do not have anyone to push the blame to. You have to take your time to understand the reason behind the low performance, or you hire someone to do that.

Is self-managed server for everyone?

As much as the thought of a high level of freedom offered by self-managed VPS might sound exciting, it is not everyone.

Users who are not conversant with server operations' intricacies will most likely find Self-managed VPS Hosting difficult. For those who can't handle server management, fully managed VPS is the best web hosting option.

For Unmanaged VPS, all support is handled by the server user. So it is best you have the knowledge and experience in configuring, securing, and maintaining servers without the help of the hosting provider.

Most hosting providers would only ensure the VPS has power and connectivity to the internet.

The server configuration, server management, security, technical support, troubleshooting, and the setup of any app or website is fully managed by you.

Migrating and Personalized Onboarding

Workload/Need Analysis: Before migrating or onboarding to any hosting provider, the first step is assessment.

What's your workload? How big are the things you are moving, what OS are they using. How many servers will you need? Where is the physical location of your server?

You should be clear on how much RAM (Memory), CPU, Disk you will need. What is your bandwidth requirement? How many visitors are you expecting? Will your hosting plan be able to handle your site traffic?

You have to ensure the hosting services you are about to purchase will really take care of your needs.

The steps listed above should be your top priority before onboarding to any hosting services.

Downtime issues: before you migrate to any cloud service, you have to check the uptime to know the expected downtime and see if you'll be comfortable with it.

Scalability: another factor to consider before migrating to a cloud service is how scalable it is. Will it be easy to add more servers or not?

24/7/365 Technical Support: You should also check this out before you choose a hosting company. Ensure you have support to back you up in case you run into any hiccups.

Make your hosting provider have specialists to help you create a personally tailored solution.

So before picking any hosting provider, ensure they offer All-year-round technical support either through live chat or phone.

Remote Reboot Capability: The remote reboot feature allows you to restart your server from any location without contacting your provider to do so. This gives you flexibility and more control over the server, allowing you to update your software and maintain it.

Pricing: Depending on the specifications and qualities of your server, the price might vary. Finding the right server in terms of cost and quality can be difficult.

Make sure you compare the value vs. cost of any server you want to migrate to

100% Uptime SLA: It is not unusual to see 100% uptime SLA on hosting provider ads. What does this really mean? Let's take it from scratch by explaining the important terms.

What is Uptime?

Uptime is arguably the most important factor used in the measurement of a web host's performance. It indicates the time or percentage your service is up and functioning.

The opposite of this is downtime, and it indicates the time or percentage your hosting service was unavailable.

In simple terms, uptime equals availability.

What does SLA mean?

SLA, an acronym for service-level agreement, is the expected level of service a supplier must give to a customer. This is based on the metrics by which the service is measured, and if the suppliers don't meet any of the requirements, there will be a penalty. SLA's are mostly between a company and external suppliers, in this case, the web hosting provider and you.

Some hosting companies offer an SLA. It indicates the guaranteed level of availability.

If the hosting provider does not deliver as agreed, you will get a refund.

Now that you understand what uptime and SLA stand for. What does 100% uptime SLA mean?

100% uptime SLA means a web hosting provider is promising that your site will be available and operational at all times.

Now you might wonder if that claim is true?

The claim of 100% uptime is a bogus one and should be treated with skepticism.

When a budget hosting company boasts of 100% uptime, you have to be wary. The company might believe they can deliver, but it is almost impossible.

No hosting provider can provide 100% uptime in the long run. For the first few months, everything might be going smoothly, but it is only a matter of time before something happens.

Some of the things that can cause downtime include- Human error, Storage Failure, Network outages, Power outages, Server Failure, Weather, Application error, Usage Spike, and Cloud outages. Sometimes the cause of downtime might not be known.

There is no perfect solution. However, you can have a considerably stable website. All you need is to have a good hosting provider, do regular backups, and some little configuration and tweaks.

How is Uptime Calculated

  • Set a timeframe you want to use for monitoring
  • Record the number the time your monitor was down( number of seconds)
  • Divide the value by the total time frame and multiply by 100.
  • That is downtime. Now subtract it from 100 to calculate your uptime.

For instance, let's say the total time frame was an hour, which is 3600 secs if your monitor was down for 3.6secs.

To get your downtime

3.6/3600*100= 0.1

To get your uptime

100-0.1=99.9%

Let's take a look at what uptime percentage means in the simplest form.

Uptime is measured in 9's, and the number of 9's has a significance.

When next you see a web host provider offering a particular percentage, you'd understand what it means.

  • Uptime Percentage
  • Downtime in 30 days (approx)
  • Downtime in a Year (approx)
  • 99% (two 9's)
  • 7hrs12min downtime
  • 3.7 days
  • 99.9% (three 9's)
  • 43mins12secs downtime
  • 8.8 hrs
  • 99.99% (four 9's)
  • 4mins19secs downtime
  • 52.6 mins
  • 99.999% (five9's)
  • 26secs downtime
  • 5.26mins
  • 99.9999% (six 9's)
  • 3 secs downtime
  • 31.56 secs

Relationship between Uptime and Costs

Typically, the uptime a web host is offering usually affects the price. The higher the uptime guarantee, the more you are charged.

Finding a middle ground where the uptime is reasonably okay with a budget-friendly cost can also be a tough thing.

Verifying Uptime Claim

Make sure you have an uptime guarantee while searching for a hosting provider.

If your hosting provider has nothing to lose, bringing back your site after any downtime may not be efficient and done speedily.

Don't just stop at getting an Uptime guarantee. Ensure it is just as the company claims.

It would help if you didn't jump to hasty conclusions. A guarantee from the hosting provider is not enough. Verify what the hosting provider means concerning their offer.

Check the site well to be sure of the details. If possible, ask other customers if the hosting provider honors the guarantee. If yes, find out the number of times the guarantee is honored.

If you think it does not meet your needs, you can contact the host and ask about it. Some might come up with a plan that will suit you, and if not, you should continue searching for a host that satisfies your requirements.

Some hosts might ask you to submit your site downtime log. Ask if you'd be compensated for the additional downtime while they compare your record with theirs.

Compare the answers you get from the hosting provider with the answers you get from other site owners.

Although an uptime guarantee may mean a $10 refund or even less if your provider is refunding for all their customers, that would accumulate into something big.

They wouldn't want to incur such a substantial financial loss. And a guarantee will leave them with no other option than to refund all their customers.

Doing all these will ensure you get the best hosting plan.

Conclusion

We have numerous US windows VPS Hosting plans. All you need to do is to assess your needs and compare them with the cost carefully.

From the technicality of understanding what uptime is to knowing the features that make up a good server.

You now know better and should make a better decision in the purchase of a US Windows VPS Hosting plan.

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