Choosing virtual private server/VPS hosting can help you and your business save money in more ways than you think. Of course, VPS hosting is much less expensive than dedicated hosting. There was a time (not too long ago!) that VPS hosting cost substantially more than basic shared plans. That’s no longer the case. You can easily find quality VPS hosting for the same cost as a basic shared package. Unfortunately, the vast majority of website owners don’t know the ins and outs of web hosting, which is why basic shared plans are still around. A tell-tale sign of a reputable web host is one that offers basic, VPS, and dedicated plans.
However, the upfront and/or monthly fees are just the beginning. Dig deeper into the benefits of VPS hosting, and it’s easy to see how you can save. For starters, the quality of your web host and hosting package directly impacts the speed of your website. The faster your site, the more your visitors will enjoy it, and the more they’ll spend. Even if you don’t have an e-commerce site directly, a good experience with your virtual presence will stick with customers.
Kick Back and Watch the Cash Roll In
Your web host also dictates your uptime (and downtime!). There’s no host in the world that can guarantee 100 percent uptime, so if you see that promise watch out. However, you should be able to count on over 99 percent uptime. There will always be scheduled downtime and maintenance, which is what helps your website run smoothly. However, “sudden” downtime can happen if a server is overloaded, not secure, or a myriad of other issues. VPS hosting splits a single physical server into several individual, virtual servers, bypassing the risk of overloading servers.
In some cases, the service available with VPS hosting is superior to bottom of the barrel basic plans. If there’s a problem, you need to be able to reach someone immediately no matter what time it is. If your web host has great uptime, fantastic customer service, and you have peace of mind knowing a professional has your back, that positive experience is passed down to your website visitors.
Safe and Sound
Finally, there’s the issue of security. The physical server that’s the foundation of your virtual private server should be maintained and secure. However, even more important are the firewalls, anti-viral software, and measures your web host takes to keep hackers and cybercriminals at bay. Simply put, a web host that invests in VPS hosting for their customers is more likely to stay ahead of the curve in every regard. If the host doesn’t clearly state their security strategy on their website, ask. They should be proud and happy to share their tactics with you.
One day, when all website owners realize what VPS is and that it’s available, everyone will switch to VPS (while some will reach enterprise levels and go with dedicated hosting). You can get a leg up on the competition now and start trending early.