Normally, when we start a small project such as a website or an online store we opt for the most basic and cheap hosting plan since we usually start with a tight budget. But what happens when we start to be very successful? Slow loading, constant drops, your emails always come in as SPAM and a long list of problems that can throw overboard all those months or years of hard work in your online business.

Calling your hosting provider tells you that your website is too big to be in your hosting for a lifetime and that you need to go to a VPS. What is that? Why not before and now? Won't it be a maneuver from my hosting provider to get me more money?

To understand what a VPS is, we can classify accommodation levels into three basic levels:

Shared hosting.
Virtual Private Server.
Dedicated server.

As we can see, VPS is an intermediate step between shared cheap hosting and powerful dedicated servers. To understand what a VPS is, read hostwinds review. Also, imagine a dedicated server cut into several parts of different sizes, each and every one of them independent of each other.

While in a cheap hosting you share all the resources of the server with your “neighbors”, in a VPS the resources of the server are for you alone, that is, you have a server for you, so the actions of the other VPS hosted in The main server will not affect you at all.

VPS advantages
As we have mentioned in the previous point, each VPS is independent of the other one even if they are on the same server since they are different facilities, this is why we can select the desired operating system, something that we cannot do in shared hosting.

Another of the great advantages is that in a VPS server we will have a unique IP address for us and we will not have to share it with other people, freeing ourselves from the risk of our IP falling into the dreaded SPAM blacklists due to the action of other people.

In short, a VPS gives us the peace of mind that we will be “isolated” from other clients and will not have to suffer the consequences of misuse of the server by other clients. Also, do not forget that a performance VPS will always outperform a cheap hosting.

What should we look for when hiring a VPS?

The number of hosting providers offering VPS servers is very large, so it is worth paying attention to some features that we consider essential:

SSD hard drives: Fundamental since these are up to 5 times faster than traditional disks, so our website will load much faster. The use of SSD discs stands out above all in online stores with extensive catalogs in which
Specialized VPS: It is very important that the chosen VPS has a configuration adapted to our CMS or eCommerce makes it 100% compatible. In this way, we will save from those cumbersome server crashes due to an erroneous configuration of a library
Data Center: A CPD in Spain assures us a low latency and therefore a faster loading of our website. In addition, a Spanish IP address will help us comply with the Organic Law on Protection of Personal Data.
Technical Support: Perhaps the most important, it is essential that our hosting provider offers us multiple communication channels (telephone, chat, tickets, etc.) and response speed as fast as possible.

VPS Managed or unmanaged?
Possibly one of the most critical issues when hiring a VPS is whether we dare to manage it ourselves or delegate to the hosting provider the task of managing our Virtual Private Server.

Obviously, the unmanaged VPS is cheaper but requires quite advanced knowledge about server administration so if we make a mistake we can have our website offline for a long period of time

On the contrary, if we opt for a managed VPS we will obtain peace of mind that any incident will be studied and resolved by the technical service specialized in this type of problem. Obviously, the price of a managed VPS will be slightly higher.

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