VPS hosting is one of the most common plans you can choose to host your website. VPS is an acronym for virtual private server. Unlike shared hosting, you have your space on a physical server that is divided into many different environments. You can call this virtualization. While other websites may be housed on the same server as you, you have complete autonomy over your space, which means you don’t share bandwidth and resources as happens with shared hosting. Like dedicated hosting, VPS hosting gives you a high level of control and customization. That means you’re free to alter server settings, add users, install software and switch the server on and off as you wish.
The kinds of VPS hosting plans
There are two kinds of VPS hosting plans:
Managed VPS hosting plan
Like the name suggests, Managed VPS plans provide a managed environment like the shared hosting environment. However, the only difference is that managed VPS plans have more resources. For example, if your website has grown out of the shared hosting environment, and you can’t migrate to a dedicated hosting, a managed VPS will be a convenient option. A managed VPS plan is a good fit if you need specific customization options not offered by shared hosting plans.
Semi-managed VPS plan
Semi-managed VPS plans are designed for more advanced users who are okay with undertaking system administration tasks and command line interface. Semi-managed plans come with root account access that lets you customize your accounts without limitations. That means that you will be wholly responsible for installation and configuration of the system, regular upgrades, maintenance, security patches, custom partitioning, resetting passwords, backups, and reboots.
The reason these hosting plans are called semi-managed is that the hosting provider extends other services to you, including initial provisioning of VPS plans, management of infrastructure, a total reset of VPS to original settings, repositioning the VPS with a completely different OS, reverse DNS management and delegation and providing additional IP addresses.
VPS technology has a lot in common with that of Virtual Box or VMware. These applications enable you to run various virtualized operating systems on one machine. Case in point: if your computer is running on Windows 7, the VPS solution allows you to run other operating systems such as Windows XP or Linux without needing to restart the computer. All VPS servers come along with a free optimized cPanel. That means you’re able to secure your server, upload files, manage domains and undertake other various tasks to ensure your system runs smoothly.