If you have a personal blog solely as a passion project, do you really need a virtual private server/VPS hosting package? The answer is likely yes, if for no other reason than the fact that it’s the same cost as a basic shared plan. There’s a good chance that you’ll eventually want to drive traffic to your site. Maybe you don’t monetize your blog, but you’re still blogging in a public space in an effort to connect with others. Maybe you really want to share your makeup tips with the world, or you secretly want to get discovered for your musical talents. If you really wanted your blog kept private it would be, well, private.
Let’s take a look at the differences between basic and VPS hosting for starters. The price points are often the same or very close, which takes budgeting out of the equation. Otherwise, the two couldn’t be more different. VPS acts a lot like dedicated hosting. It’s faster, more secure, and you can often get better customer service with it. That magical trifecta can only benefit your personal blog.
From Your Visitor’s Perspective
Appeasing your site visitors might not be at the top of your priority list right now, but if you can offer them a better experience for the same price, why not? If your site appears slow, it’s going to drive away traffic—and you might not be able to lure those visitors back again. Worse, if you collect any kind of data at all, what happens if there’s a security breach? The vast majority of hacks happen on small sites (it just so happens that the big sites are the ones getting all the media attention).
You also want to protect yourself from security breaches. At the very least, you might have your own personal information connected to your blog. If that gets into the wrong hands, it can take years to unravel identity theft. Simply by upgrading to a managed VPS hosting package, which takes no heavy lifting on your part, you can protect yourself and your visitors from a number of cyberattacks.
What’s in it for Me?
Maybe on your end it appears that your website is fast and flawless. Don’t assume that’s how it looks on every device and browser. What happens if you travel for work or leisure, and suddenly the Wi-Fi connection or device you have to use doesn’t play well with your website? You might be struggling with the previews or spend precious time trying to do what normally takes you only a few seconds. The situation you’re in right now isn’t permanent, for better or worse.
Also consider a future where your site is growing at breakneck speed. Suddenly you need a faster website, quickly, but you can’t get it with basic hosting. You’re scrambling to upgrade and likely switch hosts. After all, the majority of web hosts don’t offer VPS hosting! Even in a perfect scenario, it’s going to take at least 24-48 hours to fully switch hosts and that can seem like a lifetime when your site’s growing.
The solution? Upgrade now—your future self will thank you.