I don’t have to tell you about the inconveniences attached to having a difficult (to say the least) neighbor, be it in your apartment or office. This is frustrating enough in one area of life but shockingly, this happens online too (news flash).
Yeah, your website is your presence online and as you are well aware, it’s an extremely competitive market. Now, for you to be on the internet you have to have a place to stay and keep your stuff.
Web hosting providers are like internet real estate agencies. They allocate you a space on a web server for your website to store files, thereby hosting your website on a server and making your website available for viewing.
Apartments and offices in a high trade environment are almost always expensive and the internet is not different. In this case though, they are known as Web Hosting Servers. As there are cheap ones in which you’d have to share with lots of people; having close to zero privacy and of course limited resources, there are also the expensive Penthouses and high rise office buildings which, even if you could afford, you have no need of the excess space.
But, there’s a little fairy godmother, that too-good-to-be-true kind of offer which is just in-between. In the internet universe, this is known as the Virtual Private Server (VPS).
To understand what is meant by Virtual Private Server, you have to know what web hosting is
What is web Hosting?
Web hosting is the real estate of the World Wide Web. It is the process of either buying or renting spaces to house your website on the World Wide Web. It involves getting allocated a space on a server to host your website where the programmed elements and files are stored.
To create a lasting online presence, you need to have a standard and reliable hosting server.There are various server hosting plans available, some are free with very limited features while others are paid for (though sometimes expensive) with better features.
Internet businesses are very prevalent these days and you'd be doing yourself a favor by securing a good and reliable server hosting plan; One which is private and gives you access to better resources of faster connection and better accessibility to internet viewers and visitors.
What is a server?
A server is a computer linked to other computers in such a way that it supplies and acts as a provider of the data required for the proper functioning of these other computers. It could serve data to systems over large area networks and local area networks.
There are various types of servers and each is built to work with software which are specific to that type of sever. Examples of servers include: File, web and mail servers( to mention a few).
On the other hand, servers hardware are not specific to their respect servers. Any regular computing system could be used as a server. As long as the software remains intact, you’re good.
Web hosting works
Web hosting occurs when you upload files used in building a website from a local computer onto a web server. The website hosted by a particular server automatically shares it’s resources such as the RAM, the hard drive space and also the bandwidth of the server. Irrespective of the hosting server plan adopted.
The amount as well as type of resources available on the server depends on the type of hosting plan for your website. This doesn’t have to be complicated. Let’s use a simple and relatable analogy here:
Choosing a web hosting server is like selecting a building which you want to use as an office. There are certain questions which would guide your selection process of determining the office space which best suits your needs.
Some of these questions might be:
What’s my budget?
Will a workstation in an open co-working environment be suitable for me?
What is my expansion plan?
What are my customers’ size target, do I expect a lot of traffic in my establishment?
Do I want to rent an entire building or an apartment will do?
Asides from these questions that deal with the size of the building you also have to consider some other things such as:
What facilities do I need in the building?
How accessible must it be?
Do I want my own complete privacy or would I be fine sharing resources with someone else?
These are exactly the questions you should be asking yourself when choosing a server hosting plan because it’s like choosing an office building on the World Wide Web. While your website is your trade, services and products you’re offering. The hosting server serves as the office building to showcase that on the internet
Major Types of Web hosting servers.
Dedicated or Private hosting
VPS(virtual private server) hosting
Let’s compare the above options to how it would be when shopping for Web hosting servers.
In this type of hosting service, your website is hosted along with many other websites by the same server. You share a single web server with many other websites.
Shared hosting is similar to renting an office space in a busy metropolitan area, in which you have to share resources like, RAM, hard disk space, Server's speed and also the same IP address with all the other people whose websites are hosted by that same server. Of course, this is very cheap. But the cost is paid in other ways. It offers little to no privacy and very limited resources. It’s not advisable for a commercial website plan. As there is no room for growth and expansion.
Dedicated hosting is also known as private hosting. In this type of hosting plan, only your website(s) is hosted by the server. It is similar to renting or buying a condo or a plush high rise building. Very expensive, but very convenient. You only will have access to your resources and facilities.
Some of its many advantages include;
The generated dedicated environment enables you to be adjusted even some of the server's core features.
You can host unlimited number of websites on your server.
Faster speed and more secure connection.
Very high storage capability.
Its greatest advantage is in a way, also its bane; it is not worth investing in if you have no need for its large space. That is, there is no provision for buying only a small portion of a dedicated hosting server.
Virtual Private Server hosting;
In a sense, VPS is not a major category of web hosting servers, but a sub-group.
A virtual private server (VPS) is a more convenient and plush improvement of the shared hosting. It’s like renting a nice office building in a busy business park where you also have ‘neighbors’, but you are less dependent on them, and you can carry out as many makeovers (customizations) as you like and organize your workstation on your own.
What is a Virtual Private Server hosting?
A VPS is a type of hosting plan, a virtual operating system which, while residing in a parent sever (usually the shared server) uses virtualization technology to provide other virtual users with dedicated server resources.
VPS creates a dedicated-like sever environment on a host server(usually the shared hosting) by emulating the true dedicated sever. That is, VPS acts as an emulator, a virtual machine which create virtual demarcations on a parent host/server which enables the users to enjoy dedicated server's features on that parent server. Due to the isolated segments created by a VPS.
VPS is a software not hardware. Though, it creates physical segments of a server. It is not dependent on any hardware. But simply emulating the dedicated server's hardware features.
How does VPS hosting work?
VPS hosting, using a software called hypervisor, causes the parent server (Server in which VPS is hosted upon) to implement a virtual layer on top of the operating system of the parent(shared) server. Which separates the server with virtual walls into a sort of segments. This separation allows each user (each website owner) to install their own OS and software, creating a server that is truly private, separated from others on the same operating system level.
Benefits of VPS Hosting
Some key benefits of VPS hosting include:
Cheaper than dedicated server yet offers its security, reliability with additional flexibility.
How do I know I need VPS hosting?
You need VPS hosting if:
You want to have root access to your server in order to customize applications and operating systems.
If you have a big enough budget and you value
If you are currently on a shared server and you’re tired of your website’s performance issues
You want to save a little money yet maintain basic security and reliability.
Scaling up beyond shared
Scaling down from dedicated
Creating isolated development environments
VPS is not for you if:
Your company is a new company and you don’t have enough budget.
Your business has no relationship whatsoever to IT work
If your company’s website requires the power and resources of an entire dedicated server.
VPS vs Web Hosting
What differentiates VPS from other shared hosting?
VPS vs Shared hosting
Shared hosting is a type of hosting which involves your website sharing a server’s resources with other websites while VPS hosting creates a virtual environment which stimulates a private server where you have all the resources to yourself
Other differences include:
Improved security of your website
VPS is more expensive
VPS requires more technical skill in controlling
Shared hosting needs only a little budget to start up
VPS vs Dedicated Hosting
With VPS hosting, all the users of the server appears like they are on their own their own private server due to the virtual segregation it implements.
While with Dedicated hosting, the users are truly separate as a server hosts only a single user. Therefore, dedicated hosting offers more resources to his users.
Some frequently asked questions about VPS
How much Memory do I need to install/use with VPS hosting?
In opting for a VPS hosting the memory required depends on a lot of factors. Some of these factors include:
Your website’s traffic
What service you plan to run on your website
The disk space and CPU of your VPS
Taking all the above-listed points into consideration, there is not a single specific value to this question. For more information on VPS memory requirement visit (https://blog.ssdnodes.com/blog/how-much-ram-vps/
How Can I make a VPS hosting?
To get started with VPS hosting you have to contact and speak with any managed VPS advisor. It’s pretty easy to go wrong with setting it up. To prevent you from causing any damage, if you have no technical skill, employ an expert’s service.
How to start a VPS hosting company
Setting up a VPS hosting company can be very time and financially demanding. Without knowing the right ground to tread it could be as well impossible.
Before setting it up there are few things you have to consider.
Finding a reliable provider
Design your Infrastructure
Focus on a particular area or niche
Find a reliable provider
Instead of buying a server.You could find a reliable VPS hosting company and rent one or two servers from them.Then you could in turn rent out segments of the server to customers. That way you could start out with a modest investment.
Focus on a niche
Competition is way too high for you to want to sell to everyone. Focus on a particular area you’re familiar with. Perhaps, selling server space to only e-commerce websites.
People tend to drift away from manual payment. Therefore in order to further promote your business, avoid manual payment. Make available easy and convenient means of billings and payments either through credit cards or even bank transfers.