Once your traffic grows, it’s time for VPS (virtual private server) hosting. Shared hosting is good for low-traffic websites but it does not perform well for large traffic sites.
With VPS hosting you can set up the server however you want since you are not sharing hosting resources with anyone. By signing up for VPS hosting you will get the best features of dedicated and shared hosting services. The difference between shared hosting and VPS hosting is that your website will receive its own resource and the usage of those same resources is limited to your site only. Unlike shared hosting, the performance of your site will not be affected by the performance of another site hosted on the same server. The similarity is that with both shared and VPS, the owners of the different websites divide the cost of running the server among each other, so you will be charged less compared to using dedicated hosting services.
Now that you are more familiar with this hosting solution, let’s move on to the main features you need to look for once you decide to get a VPS hosting plan.
Features of a VPS hosting plan
The real job for you begins once your register your site’s domain name. You should think carefully about which VPS hosting features you need. Web hosts offer many VPS plans that have different amounts of RAM, CPU power, email capability, storage, and domain hostage. These plans usually include site builders that let you design your website without any coding needed. For instance, the most commonly used are ecommerce site builders.
Choose a web host that offers at least 100GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, and plenty of monthly data transfers. If you opt for a large amount of website growth, then it’s best to look for a VPS hosting that offers large storage of data.
It’s important to have the possibility to create as many accounts as you want when it comes to email and limits. When your website grows, it’ll be great if you can scale your accounts without spending extra money. Another thing that you should pay attention to is the amount of storage per email account. Some plans may offer unlimited email accounts, but they may have only a 10GB storage cap. So, investigate the email offer carefully, so you won’t be surprised by its limitation.
Next, when it comes to the site’s storage medium, the hosting service offers a solid-state drive or a traditional hard drive. Yes, SSDs cost more and have a smaller storage capacity, but they are more reliable and faster than HDDs. The traditional hard drives are not as resilient as solid-state drives, but they are cheaper and have a large storage capacity.
So, we advise you to choose a traditional hard drive if the speed isn’t a deal-breaker.
If you plan to sell services or products, it’s best to choose a VPS hosting that offers SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). An SSL connection is crucial since it encrypts the financial data that travels between users’ browsers and your site, so it safeguards the transmission of the purchasing data. If you want to save money, take some time to investigate which services offer more affordable SSL plans. Some companies charge up to $100 for an SSL certificate, while others include a free one when you sign up for their plan.
Another important thing is to tet before you buy. Decide how long you need to experiment with VPS hosting before choosing a long-term plan. If you want to try out VPS hosting for less than two months, you will receive a refund if you cancel it within that period. However, these refunds vary, so some companies may offer a refund if you cancel it within a month, while others may offer three months free trial. So, shop around for the features that fit best your hosting needs and once you find them, you can sign a long time contract with the hosting company of your choice.
So, to conclude, this hosting solution is great and affordable. VPS services that suit your needs are not difficult to find, you just need to know what to look for and where to look for them. Anyway, VPS hosting offers better performance, greater flexibility, and more memory, so it is worth investing in once you have outgrown your shared hosting plan.