Firstly, let us understand a bit about what is VPS Hosting. It stands for Virtual Private Server Hosting, where 1 server is divided among multiple users. But here, each portion acts as an independent virtual machine. Before we dive more into VPS and how to choose, its important that you know you need a VPS. Check out this introduction to web hosting to learn more about different types of servers.
What makes VPS different from Shared is its division. While in shared, all resources and costs are shared among users, in VPS, the resources and cost are divided beforehand. So, the users are only able to access the part of resources that are allocated to them alone. And this ensures that no other user can impact other’s performance negatively.
Now when you have decided to use VPS hosting, let’s come to the main topic in hand, how should you choose a VPS Hosting? Here are certain factors that will help you make a switch and decide what is best for you.
OS plays an important factor in deciding which hosting you should choose. Most of the vendors offer Windows or Linux. Linux costs lesser, and even support wider range of operations. But there are some applications which only Windows provide, such as ASP. So if you intend to use these applications, go with Windows based VPS Hosting.
Who is managing?
Another important point to consider is whether your server is managed or unmanaged. Since VPS gives you the root access to your virtual server, you need to see who is managing it on your behalf. If it is managed by your provider itself, it is called Managed VPS. But if you are the one managing it, it is called unmanaged VPS.
In the case of unmanaged VPS, you have to take care of its performance and ensure that the server runs smoothly. If any problem arises, you are the one to fix it. So if you are an expert in all these things, then only go for unmanaged. Otherwise managed VPS is the best option for you.
Your server specification, or configuration, also plays an important role. The RAM of your server, storage space, and processor capacity, all of them matters. Besides this, the quality of your server machine is also important.
Redundancy and Scalability are also important when it comes to consideration. Redundancy means having a backup resource ready, in the datacentre itself. Generators and UPS systems should be in place when there is a power failure. Alternative arrangements should be available when any service is interrupted. When traffic hikes, you should be able to scale by making use of your redundant resources.
The service and support by the providers also play a crucial role. Any problem can arise anytime. So there should be a dedicated customer support team at your service whenever you need one.
Always check prices of various hosting providers. See how much you are capable to spend and then choose the option suitable for you. When the providers are the ones to manage all resources, they charge more. So see what you are capable of and what not, and accordingly choose plans.