If you feel like you’ve worn out your welcome with the ”beginner” web hosting option, Mr. Free Web Host, and you’re getting tired of the crowded quarters in the domain of Mr. Shared Web Host, you may be ready for your own private corner of the World (Wide Web).
Maybe a private island? Or, if your budget doesn’t allow for a private island, how about a virtual private island? There is a web hosting option that gives you privacy and control without an astronomical price tag: VPS – or, Virtual Private Server.
If we break it down to basics, a “virtual server” is just like the server your web host uses locally – it’s just located somewhere else. Data is stored on your virtual server in the form of a virtual machine (VM), and this VM works just like the server you have in your office building.
So, what’s the difference – other than the location? And more importantly, where’s the benefit?
Here’s the first benefit: No maintenance! Like a good host, Mr. VPS takes care of all that. The second benefit is flexibility. Each virtual server can be separated into several virtual machines, which operate independently, maintaining your security and privacy.
Scalability is the third benefit. If you need to manage multiple web sites, you can easily do so on a virtual private server. You have access to a greater amount of space and bandwidth compared to a shared server, as well as to multiple VMs, if you want to manage each site using a different operating system or give each one different permissions.
Cost-wise, virtual private servers land somewhere between the less expensive shared hosting and the pricier dedicated server hosting. You get a lot of value for your money with VPS. In addition, virtual private servers allow you the option to recoup some of your investment through what is known as Reseller VPS hosting.
In Reseller VPS Hosting, you can buy a portion of the server and gain the ability to host multiple web sites, usually through a hosting control panel like Plesk or cPanel, and a billing platform like Plesk Billing or WHMCS. You can then subdivide your VPS account into multiple shared web hosting accounts, and sell these to the public.
And the icing on the cake is that maintenance of the server is still the responsibility of the VPS hosting provider, not you. So in a sense, among gracious web hosts, Mr. Reseller is that uncouth cousin, the landlord. Or perhaps he’s the sly businessman of the bunch. VPS hosting is an option that’s been around for a while. It may not be as exciting as that new all-inclusive resort host known as Mr. Cloud, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still a perfectly viable option. Small to medium-sized companies can run large and complicated websites using VPS hosting, while keeping costs down and maintaining a lot of control. So give Mr. VPS Host a call. He’s been keeping a cozy chair by the fire vacant just for you. He’ll take care of the maintenance, while allowing you to make all the decisions. What’s not to like about a host like that?