A virtual private server (VPS) is often considered to be an ideal choice for those who have outgrown shared hosting but are not yet ready for a dedicated server. A VPS offers you more power and control over your hosting account, and costs less than a dedicated server. Thus, it is only fair that a VPS acts as a direct upgrade from shared hosting. However, much like any other hosting terminology, you should be aware of certain things related to virtual private servers as well.
Here are some key considerations that you should bear in mind when purchasing a VPS.
- Why Do You Want a VPS?
It is the first question that you should ask yourself: why are you planning to buy a VPS Server in UK? If you have just outgrown shared hosting, and are getting more traffic than a primary shared account can handle, your first leap should probably be towards a VPS. If you need better scalability or control over your server’s resources, then a VPS does make sense. Virtual private servers are scalable and grow as your website grows. You also get better control and server root access, allowing you more liberty with your web hosting account.
- Managed Versus Unmanaged
What is the difference between the two? Well, an unmanaged VPS is just that — the web host sets up a virtual private server account for you and leaves it at that. You get full access to your account, including the ability to install whichever control panel you feel like, whatever scripts you feel like, and so on. Since an unmanaged VPS does not require the web host’s management services, the prices are relatively lower. You need to keep your scripts and software updated, as well as secure your VPS from attackers and malicious hackers. As such, you need to have a good grasp of IT and technical matters to work with an unmanaged VPS.
If that is something you cannot deal with, a managed VPS is the way to go. Here, you still get to pick your scripts and software, but the web host manages your virtual private server’s updates and security patches, etc. Naturally, the price covers the management fees as well and is therefore higher. However, it is worth the extra money if you cannot manage your VPS (due to lack of know-how or time or both). A good web host will keep your virtual private server in good standing and maintain it well, allowing you to focus on your website and not server-side administration.
- VPS Specifications
A lot is often talked about the specifications and technical aspects of VPS hosting. Now, operating systems are often a matter of personal choice and needs. If you do not know which operating system you need for your VPS, there are high chances that you need Linux and not Windows.
That said, what about hardware? If your budget permits, a clustered cloud-based VPS is generally a better pick as compared to a conventional VPS. Regarding RAM, be sure to never look at a VPS that has less than 1 GB of RAM at minimum.
Storage and bandwidth depend on your own needs. However, be sure to check with your web host regarding additional goods: the number of IP addresses that included. For CPU cores, it once again boils down to your needs. For as far as I have seen, most websites running on VPS require not so much CPU power, unless you are running something enormous such as a game server.
Check with your web host regarding the scope of support. If your web host offers a trial period, make good use of that before finalising a VPS. Always be precise about your requirements and priorities before investing in one.