VPS Hosting Plans
Over the web, there are many different web hosting companies that offer many different web hosting packages. And this isn't valid for shared web hosting plans only, but for all the web hosting services in general. Whether it would be shared hosting, semi-dedicated hosting, or dedicated hosting, you will find something different in the plan that every hosting provider offers. Basically, the web hosting services, by themselves, are not so different. For instance, most of the web hosting companies, especially the ones that have been in this field of business for a long time, have pretty similar web servers configuration. In addition to that, if a company was able to survive several years in the web hosting business, then they are able to offer a stable service, which is another similarity between the big web hosting providers. So, especially when it comes to shared hosting, the different hosting providers have almost the same prices, the same plan features and the same service quality, therefore, the only difference is in, what the packages actually include, in terms of free bonuses, provided alongside the hosting service itself. When it comes to VPS hosting, however, things are a little bit different.
What is VPS hosting?
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It is a virtual machine, created on a physical such. It has its own, separate, Operating System and it is fully stand-alone, meaning that it will not interfere with other VPS server hosting accounts, which might be hosted on the same physical web server. This configuration allows the user, to have complete root access to the virtual server's system files and, unlike dedicated web hosting, it comes at quite a reasonable price. The VPS hosting service is perfect for people that do require root access to the system configuration files of the web server, but do not wish and do not need, to purchase a whole dedicated server, which is quite an expensive luxury. This service, however, is not offer by all web hosting companies because of the complexity of integrating VPS offers into the backend, which the hosting company uses. Therefore, even some of the biggest web hosting providers, do not have VPS offers, since they lack the time, the financial and human resources, to build a virtual private servers system.
Why is the VPS service difficult to arrange?
If you are a web hosting provider, you would need to have an automated system, which creates, sets up and manages, most of the hosting services, automatically. This is required, in order to provider a fast and adequate set up. Imagine that each time a customer orders a service, a technician would have to manually create the web hosting account, whether it's a VPS, a shared hosting account, or a semi-dedicated account, manually installs the software, required by the specific service, set the account permissions, create the web directories and so on and so on. This takes a lot of time, during which the client would grow quite impatient. Therefore, the hosting provider would have to create an automated system, which would do that in a matter of minutes. And this is usually not that difficult when it comes to shared hosting and semi-dedicated services. When it comes to virtual private servers, however, things get difficult, since there are a lot more procedures, included in setting up such a service. A VPS plan includes has many additional characteristics, such as type of operating system, version of the operating system, control panel installation, and since it works like a separate machine, it needs to have the RAM amount specified, the CPU limitation set etc. . Even with an automated system, errors do occur and if all of that is done manually, then errors will occur quite more often. Every error means a problem. Every problem means an unhappy customer and since the worst nightmare for a web hosting company is the unhappy costumer, most of the providers choose not to get involved with the VPS services at all. And this is what actually separates the best from the rest. If a company is willing and able to offer VPS hosting, then this means that they have the ability and the resources to set an automated system for creating and setting up virtual servers. This of course, speaks of a stable service, which is handled by professionals, who actually know what they are doing, which is another rare thing in the web hosting line of business.
In which cases, a VPS account is needed?
VPS plans are usually purchased when root access to the server's OS files is required. The call for such access might be the necessity for a certain website feature, which is unavailable on shared hosting accounts, for instance, the streaming of video/audio files. However, this might not always be the case. A lot of people are purchasing virtual servers, in order to secure a safer hosting environment for their websites. This is especially valid for business websites, where uptime is of utmost importance.
How is the VPS service managed?
It is true that if the VPS is purchased without a web hosting control panel, then in order to manage it, the user must have knowledge in computer programming. However, many web hosting providers offer web hosting control panels with their virtual server plans, usually as additional service, but nonetheless, they do make managing the VPS quite easier. Choosing the right control panel, is also of importance. There are various control panels available today, such as cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, which are quite useful. There are also custom-built control panels, such as the Hepsia CP that ExclusiveHosting.net use on their services. The good thing about custom-built control panels, is the fact that they are built especially for the web hosting services of the company in question, meaning that they would be much more efficient then the third-party control panels like the cPanel.