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What is VPS?

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When choosing the right web hosting for your latest project, it can be difficult to understand which options are right for you. With so many terms and acronyms leaping out at you, it’s not unusual to find things a little overwhelming.

One such phrase that you’ll hear a lot is VPS hosting. Thankfully, we like to keep things simple, which is why we’ll always provide you with no-nonsense guides to one of the most popular web hosting options available. A Virtual Private Server could be the boost your website needs, and here’s why:

Understanding how a Virtual Private Server works

A server is essentially an incredibly powerful computer which stores each of the files and data used in the development of your website. When a user types your domain name into their browser, of clicks on your site via a search engine result, the server delivers your website to the screen of the user.

Some servers host several websites at once. The downside of this is that if one of the other sites stored on your server is experiencing a lot of traffic, this can affect the user experience for your own site visitors. Loading times increase, and so too do bounce rates (the number of users exiting your site before it has a chance to fully load).

A VPS makes use of technology to virtually split one of these powerful computers into several individual servers. Put simply, a single piece of hardware is compartmentalised so that it can function as many different servers at once. The beauty of a VPS is that the word “private” means that your virtual server is reserved for only you. This means that you won’t have to share data, RAM or processing power with other users.

This is made possible by simulating a dedicated server, despite still sharing the actual physical server hardware with several other users. We achieve this by installing a virtual layer on top of your server’s operating system. This virtualisation technology allows us to segment a physical server into several individual compartments. Each user is then free to install their own operating system and software on their individual private server space.

Because a VPS completely separates your files from other users on an operating system level, this means you will truly have your own private server. Your site will be stored securely with resources guaranteed to be available for it. Memory, CPU cores and disk space will all be allocated to you, without having to share them with anybody else.

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The next generation of hosting is here

Our Virtual Private Servers are built using the very latest in technology to provide you with increased flexibility, control and power for each of your websites. We’re proud to offer domain name registration, 24/7 support and a money-back guarantee if you’re for any reason unhappy with our service. In addition to all this, we’ll even offer:

Free SSL Certificate

SSL encryption is a necessity for eCommerce sites. It helps to protect the personal information of your users, thereby providing an important additional layer of security.

Resources Guaranteed

Because we only use high-performance components in our Virtual Private Servers, your websites will consistently perform at optimum levels. Our KVM hypervisor implementation means that your resources will always be available.

Dynamic Resources

Our truly flexible approach to VPS hosting means you can add additional storage or processing power as and when you need to. Our server expansions are priced competitively, and they can be enabled without requiring the assistance of an admin. Whether you require additional storage, CPU or RAM during busy periods, you can expect a fast response and minimal fuss.

Rapid Provisioning

With our service, your site can be up and running in a matter of seconds. While some VPS hosting solutions can take days to activate, ours has been specifically designed for immediate provisioning. This means you can use your VPS shortly after you purchase hosting.

Premium Performance

By utilising open-source technology like KVM and OpenStack, our VPS solution is as easy to use as it is powerful. First-class software combines with premium hardware to allow you to unlock truly breath-taking speeds.

Enhanced Controls

Each of our VPS configurations includes an improved cPanel interface, alongside special VPS management tools.

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How VPS compares with other hosting options

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To truly understand the power of VPS, it is important to familiarise yourself with some of the basics of web hosting, including other common hosting options. Here’s a brief rundown of the differences between dedicated hosting, shared hosting and VPS hosting:

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting involves having your own personal server. Instead of sharing the server costs (and resources) with other site owners, your business will have a dedicated server reserved just for your web content. While this sounds incredibly appealing, it’s also incredibly expensive.

On the flipside, you’ll get 100% control over all resources and the software can be customised to meet your individual requirements. Dedicated hosting is only really required if your site has particularly robust technical demands. For example, dedicated hosting could be ideal if:

• Your site receives huge amounts of traffic every day.

• You are handling/processing thousands of financial transactions every day.

• You require your own operating system on your server.

• Your site requires customised software.

Shared Hosting

For small projects and personal websites, shared hosting is the most common choice. A shared hosting plan means that your site will share key resources such as RAM, CPU and hard disk space with other website owners who also use the same server.

If it helps, you might want to think of a shared server as a house share. Each of the individual bedrooms is rented out to different people. Each tenant needs an individual space to live but purchasing a dedicated home would be too costly. Instead, everybody shares common utilities and living areas to keep the costs down. The same goes for shared hosting.

Obviously, there are downsides to shared hosting. For example, if another user on your shared server space experiences a large, unexpected surge in traffic, this could affect the performance of your website. This is far from ideal during peak times, particularly for eCommerce sites, as you could end up losing customers to competitors if your loading times become too frustrating to bear.

VPS Hosting

Between dedicated and shared hosting sits VPS. When you opt for a Virtual Private Server, it means other websites will be hosted on the same server as yours – but you’ll each be allocated your own resources including storage, RAM, bandwidth and operating systems. With VPS hosting you can enjoy the benefits of a dedicated server at an affordable price. It’s the best of both worlds, allowing you to have complete control over your user experience for less.

Why should I switch to VPS?

The best way to tell whether your site could benefit from an upgrade to VPS is to consider the purpose of your website and whether there are any improvements you need to make. Here are some tell-tale signs that it’s time to switch to a VPS solution:

Security is an issue

If you require enhanced security capabilities, advanced monitoring features, greater backup space and improved site reliability, perhaps it’s time to consider VPS. If you take online payments in any form, VPS should definitely be a consideration by now. When you switch to VPS, you can rely on first-class security features to protect you and your users.

You’re experiencing high volumes of traffic

If you’ve only just launched your website, it’s possible that you won’t be receiving much traffic straight away. However, as your audience continues to grow, you’ll want to give some thought to upgrading. Don’t run the risk of your server crashing because it can’t handle high traffic volumes – if you anticipate an increase in visitor numbers, it’s time to switch to VPS.

Your website is slow to load

Shared hosting is only designed for websites which use small amounts of RAM. As your site grows, you’ll notice an increase in loading times. When this begins to happen, it’s an indicator that your limits are being maxed out. With VPS, you can scale your site without worrying about loading times.

You run an eCommerce store

Shared hosting is not ideal for online stores, and you should upgrade to VPS instead. With VPS, you’ll have a dedicated and secure virtual server which is designed to pass any compliance tests.

You build sites for clients

If part of your job involves building websites for clients, you can use a VPS to host an unlimited number of domains, while also being able to ensure each site has enough resources to function correctly.

You’re on a budget

If you want to improve bandwidth, RAM, CPU power and security, but you’re unsure of whether you can afford a dedicated server, VPS hosting is the right solution. You’ll get all of the aforementioned benefits without having to pay the high amounts associated with private server costs.

You’re experiencing server errors

If you’re regularly encountering internal server errors, “service unavailable” errors or any 50X error, it’s likely that your visitors will be encountering these too. While you might be able to troubleshoot some downtime issues, you simply don’t have the room for these sorts of server errors if you’re running an online eCommerce business. You can avoid this problem by upgrading to VPS hosting instead.

You want to install custom software

If you build sites with WordPress or other Content Management Systems, shared hosting might work well for you. However, if your business is at a point where you require custom software or server configurations, you’ll need a hosting option that provides you with greater control. This means you’re going to need a VPS hosting account.

VPS hosting plan FAQs

If you’ve decided that VPS hosting is the best option for your site, now it’s time to think about your options. We’re here to offer flexibility, ensuring you strike the perfect balance between affordability and features available to you. Here’s what you’ll need to consider:

Managed or self-managed services?

When choosing VPS hosting, you’ll have a choice of two options: managed or self-managed. If you choose self-managed, you’ll need to have a good idea of how the applications, services and software on your VPS functions. You’ll also need to understand server admin and troubleshooting.

If you’re unfamiliar with any of these skills or would prefer us to take care of the administrative side of things for you, a managed service is the way forward. This allows you to focus on the important things, like creating amazing content for your site.

Linux or Windows?

This boils down to personal preference, but you should always ensure that your hosting package is compatible with the operating system you wish to run. While Linux is the most popular, some users still prefer a Windows server.

How reliable is the service?

Don’t settle for a VPS hosting service with uptime ratings of less than 99.5%. Anything lower is completely unacceptable. You’ll be pleased to find that we have some of the highest uptime scores in the industry, which means you can rely on us to deliver. In the hosting industry, uptime percentages are often referred to in nines – for example, “three nines” would mean 99.9% uptime, with “four nines” equating to 99.99% and so on. Why not ask to see our uptime figures for proof that we’re one of the most reliable VPS hosts around?

What happens in the event of downtime?

Like all good web hosts, we take responsibility for outages resulting in downtime, even if the circumstances are beyond our control. We’ll always be able to recover your data, and we’ll even consider suspending charges during emergencies. This ensures you aren’t unfairly being expected to pay for a service when it is out of order.

What does your security policy include?

When you choose a VPS, you are completely in charge of your own server. While you won’t be the only client on the hardware, you will be fully isolated from the other virtual servers on the machine. If you opt for a self-managed solution, this means that you will be responsible for your own server security, including malware and virus scans. With our managed solution, we can take care of the security side of things for you, ensuring that site credentials are protected, and that user data won’t be compromised.

How often are backups performed?

We backup files at least once every day. Your information should be backed up as often as possible. When backups are performed infrequently, you’re at greater risk of losing important data. While you may not think backing up is of much importance in the cloud age, it’s a fact that many site developers have been caught out by changes which need to be reverted to restore site functionality. With regular backups, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to revert to a functioning version of your site in next to no time, even at the most inopportune of moments.

How easy it to upscale?

If you require more storage, bandwidth, CPU power or RAM, we’re more than capable of accommodating you. We’re not in the business of trapping our customers into inflexible contract terms. Instead, we’re happy to allow you to scale up resources as and when you need to. You won’t have to wait long for any upgrades, either. We strive to deliver almost instantly, which means you can get the extra power you need, precisely when you need it.

Does your VPS solution come with TLS?

Yes. If you are creating an eCommerce site (or any site that processes sensitive information, for that matter), you should understand the importance of working with a hosting service that can offer you an SSL certificate. Of course, you’re free to turn to a third-party SSL provider for your security and encryption solutions if you so require. We aim to be as flexible as possible, and to leave you in control of every facet of your site.

How reliable is your customer support?

We understand that web hosts are only as good as their customer service teams. It’s our prerogative to offer 24/7 support all year round, and to have the best possible team in place. This means that all queries can be responded to rapidly. If you’re encountering technical issues, our fully trained hosting experts will be happy to diligently respond to your needs.

What if I’m not satisfied with your service?

We’re so confident in the service we provide that we’re not afraid to offer a refund in the event of a lapse in service. We’re here to offer first-class service and support, and to help your business to expand.

If you’d like more information on our VPS hosting solutions, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately. A member of our friendly and experienced hosting team will be happy to answer any queries you may have and offer you an outline of our packages. This will help you find the best possible Virtual Private Server hosting deal.

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