Virtual Private Server Hosting

For the small business owner, virtual private server hosting offers advantages over shared hosting options while avoiding the higher expense of either co-location or dedicated hosting. This terminology may be unfamiliar to someone who has spent more time smoothing out the bumps in an impressive, well-thought-out business plan than staying on top of the latest advances in computer technologies. But if an online presence is part of the business plan (and in this day and age, it should be), the entrepreneur will need to consider the various hosting options. A cost-effective decision, based on well-considered projections of the amount of traffic the online store's website will generate, needs to be made by the small business owner. The least expensive option will usually involve shared hosting and can be a cost-effective choice for a shoestring budget start-up. Co-location and dedicated hosting will most likely be the most expensive options, but only a website that generates a tremendous amount of daily traffic will need the high speed and robust performance these options provide. For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, all those who are taking the next step up from a shared arrangement, virtual private servers (VPS) offer distinctive advantages at a fair price. Many experts refer to VPS as a hybrid between shared and dedicated servers.

Shared hosting is almost always available through the registrar company that sells the domain name to the entrepreneur. For a small monthly fee, the website is hosted by the registrar company. The registrar may also offer other options, such as web design and e-commerce features. Many small business owners appreciate the convenience of this kind of one-stop shopping. By turning over these functions to the registrar experts, the online store website gets up and running and requires little technical expertise from the entrepreneur -- which is great for someone who is more interested in earning a profit than learning website design. However, some entrepreneurs may need more flexibility because of the program applications that are needed for their business or perhaps because of increased security concerns. A virtual private server hosting contract has many advantages over shared hosting.

A VPS is actually one host server that separates the available RAM, disk space, and processor into smaller allocations, essentially creating virtual private servers that can be offered to several clients with each one paying a monthly fee. Unlike the registrar's shared arrangement, VPS allows the client to have root access instead of simply directory access. This is an important advantage because it allows the client to configure and install a choice of programs rather than being limited to the registrar's shared configurations. However, the VPS will have default configurations available to clients who don't require customized programming. The VPS also allows the client to create multiple websites and unlimited email addresses. The root access advantage can also be a disadvantage because the client is now responsible for the installation and maintenance of her VPS, as well as any updates and the site's security. And yet, this disadvantage is also an advantage. If a criminal hacks into a registrar's shared server, their clients' information may be compromised or stolen. But with virtual private server hosting, an individual client's VPS is completely isolated from the other clients' virtual private servers (even though each one is with the same host). Therefore, a hacker that gets through the security of one client will not be able to access the VPS of the other clients. The entrepreneur will want to carefully consider these advantages and disadvantages in order to make a good decision on what kind of hosting arrangement is the best one for the business.

The Proverbs writer warns that: "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise" (Proverbs 12:15). When selecting any professional firm or vendor for one's business, it's important to research the prospective company's history, reputation, and client retention rate. It would be foolish to make price the only consideration. The small business owner who opts for virtual private server hosting also will want to consider several other factors. The wise entrepreneur may wish to seek recommendations from colleagues and gather pertinent information on the prospective host companies that are being considered. In addition to obtaining such information as the host's underlying OS (operating system), the entrepreneur will want to know such basics as the host server's specifications: the amount of total RAM, disk space, and processing speed.

The entrepreneur also will want to know the number of virtual private servers that share the host's resources. If the small business owner will be running programs that are RAM-intensive, then it is important to be sure that enough RAM will be allocated to her VPS to handle the programs. Another factor is technical support. Obviously, a host that provides technical support twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, will be more attractive to the entrepreneur than one that does not. Additionally, the entrepreneur should ask about the host company's backup procedures and the statistics regarding the host server's downtime.

Co-location is usually more expensive than virtual private server hosting. With co-location, a webmaster provides the server and pays a fee to a data center. The data center links the service to the internet. This is sometimes referred to as renting rack space. A large company that receives a lot of daily web traffic may need the speed and performance that co-location can provide. Until companies achieve the level of traffic where co-location is a cost-effective hosting option, virtual private servers can be an attractive alternative to a registrar company's shared hosting arrangement.

Virtual Dedicated Server Hosting

Virtual dedicated server hosting is also known as a virtual private server. A virtual server has the ability to run on its own with a private operating system, or to be operated along with several other similar programs or databases. Most providers offer packages for every system that fit all the possible needs of a wide client base. Everyone will be able to find a server that not only suits them but provides dependable service that can be counted on.

There are several types of web hosting available depending on a client's needs. Many people who are just starting out with a web page have a limited budget and resources. An ideal solution for such as situation is employing the use of a shared storage space. This kind is not only the least expensive, but lends itself to being the most user friendly which can be very helpful for those new to the field and might still be learning the ins and outs of web page management. The downside to a shared system, which could be avoided by choosing virtual dedicated server hosting, is that one does not have ultimate control over their own web page and there are also security risks and inconveniences resulting from slow speeds due to high volumes of traffic. Despite the few shortcomings however, such a route is the best choice for those who are starting out.

One of the many features of virtual server hosting is the minimal security risks due to the fact that users have access to a private operating system as opposed to a shared system. By having a private system on is able to have more access which yields more control. Similar to shared systems, a VPS is shared with other customers, yet allows individuals root access. The third type available is also what many to consider to the best. The key factors that set virtual dedicated server hosting apart from the other types available on the current market is that the most security and variety of options are available to users. Users are able to have complete root access along with a guarantee to keep software secure and reliable. Those who choose this route have support systems set in place if needs should arise such as installation problems with integration of software. Those who desire to have complete control should choose this form of hosting, however, if total control is not sought after then there can be more sense in investing in a managed server where users are guaranteed assistance and have less control.

Before the decision on what type of virtual server hosting to invest in, those interested should do some research and put some thought into what system might best fit possible needs. Web hosting is not only an integral part of running a website, it is vital as a webpage needs a place of origin. Common to all services are portions of disk space offered to clients by way of the storage of information. Servers also provide crucial bandwidth that is important for allowing visitors to view a website and the content found thereon. In other words, hosting servers act like giant databases in which web pages originate and from which are occasionally managed. There are different plans that customers can choose from in order to provide the best service possible for all who are in need.

The factors that should be considered by those in the market for virtual server hosting are not only privacy factors in regards to any and all information passed through cyber space, but mainly disk space and bandwidth. Every element that goes into a site on the Internet takes up valuable space on a server, everything from images and sounds to the amount of information and links or various pages. Those with smaller amounts of pictures and information obviously require less storage space on a server, however, allowance should be made for possible growth in short periods of time. Therefore, one should seek out a hosting service that offers adequate disk space for current and future storage needs.

Adequate bandwidth is another important factor users need to take into consideration before deciding on virtual dedicated server hosting. Both the volume of visitors to a website, and the amount of information contained therein are determined by the amount of bandwidth there is available determined by virtual dedicated hosting server. Bandwidth is most often measured the same as minutes on a cellular phone, that is if a site exceeds the allotted amount, then there will be an additional charge on top of the original cost. This means that users should be aware of how much they require at present, and for the long term, so as to ensure a site will run as smoothly as possible.

One of the selling points to a virtual server hosting is the level of support that a company offers to current clients. Even those who mainly run a site independently can occasionally come across difficulties relating to software or some other technical malfunction or networking problem. Support in a technological society can mean a world of difference for both those who receive and those who offer, as the Scriptures say, "I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). Experienced and knowledgeable individuals offer assistance through several technical support lines, which are often run in conjunction and association with hosting company. Customer support can prove to be of equal importance as the services provided, and can also serve as an effective mode of advertising.

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