Apr 19, 2011 - Dallas, TX, USA. Most people start with shared hosting - it's cheap (less than $10 / month), it's functional - many of the basic website building tools are provided and there is technical support to call in case something is not working. If your website / blog serves as a company brochure and not much else, then you'll be forever happy with shared hosting. The fun begins when you start using the internet heavily and interactively to drive traffic to your business, to strengthen your relationships with your customers and as a support portal. Many open multiple websites and blogs for their various product lines / niches. Shared hosting doesn't cut it then.
Traditionally your next step was to go with a dedicated server. You can have your own hardware and host it at an ISP. This is called colocation. Or you may ask the ISP to provide you the hardware. Dedicated servers are expensive, they don't come with much if it all and there is no support. You have to have your own tech. support personnel to install your software and applications and maintain it on an ongoing basis. For a very large segment of users, this is too big a jump - even if you can afford the hardware, hiring your own tech. support is very expensive even on a part time basis. Here comes VPS hosting to the rescue.
Hosting companies saw and understood the predicament of growing but still very small businesses. So they came up with a solution that is in-between shared hosting and dedicated servers. You get a segment of server resources allocated / reserved for you. Whether you use that segment or not, it's yours. So the sever is divided into several segments and several customers share it. You can even reset your part of the server. It's not a dedicated server but behaves like one - hence the name Virtual Private Servers or VPS.
Some vendors provide managed VPS, that is, they install the basic software and tools that you may need to run your business. Others provide a bare / basic setup and you have to hire your own tech. support person to set it up for you. Prices vary accordingly.
You also have the option of building a server and housing it in your office. The initial cost is high but the operational cost is much lower. There are certain caveats though. Your office is not a Data Center - that is, it does not have backup power generators, multiple trunk lines, network redundancies, site wide security etc. that a traditional Data Center has. When the going is good, everything works fine but if something snaps, your business goes dark, or at least the online part of it.
If you don't have tech. support staff and are not yet ready to shell out big bucks for it, a very good option is managed VPS hosting. The hosting company sets it up for you. If you don't mind spending a little bit on support, then a plain VPS option would do just fine.
Who are the major VPS Hosting Providers? Quite a few. They all have variations to their offers. Some are very inexpensive but in return provide you very little. Others provide you a lot but are a little bit more pricey. If you can't spend any money on set up and support, then VPS is not for you.
Which VPS hosting provider is right for you? To make it easy, we did a review and comparison of VPS Hosting Providers and posted it on our site and keep updating it periodically. Feel free to review it at:
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