3 min read May 28, 2015 at 8:28pm
A VPS (virtual private server) is the most economical way to enjoy dedicated resources on an affordable budget. It is the ideal solution for growing websites. The virtual server is a dedicated slice of a large, powerful physical server with its own file system, operating system and dedicated CPU and memory resources. You can install, configure and reboot the virtual machine remotely through a secure web based control panel within seconds. You can even easily upgrade server resources such as RAM, CPU and disk space after just a simple reboot.
Here are three great tips to consider when selecting the right VPS for your growing website.
1. Operating System & System Software
Virtual servers are classified into two main categories depending upon the operating system: Linux-based virtual server sand Windows virtual servers. Have a look at the website for your application. They should list the operating system that is compatible with their software. Some of the cross platform applications perform best on a certain operating system. If you have a PHP based application, try to select a Linux VPS which will excel your overall performance.
Web servers and database servers have a great impact on the performance. Most of the applications perform best on the web servers with the advance cache management system. Nginx and Litespeed are some of the examples of advance web servers with better memory management.
If you have an ASP.net application/website, you must opt for a Windows virtual private server to get the right performance. There are certain applications that entirely restricted to single operating system and won't run on a different OS. Never make the mistake of buying the wrong virtual machine with the wrong operating system. Be sure to study the requirements of your application before searching for a hosting company.
2. Managed vs. Unmanaged server
Virtual servers offer more control, but generally also with an extra responsibility. There are two main types of virtual machines on the basis of the control and system management: managed and unmanaged services. A provider that offers an unmanaged hosting service will take care of the security, patching, updates, troubleshooting and necessary configurations for the host node. The hosting company is responsible for providing a stable and reliable service, while passing on the server management to the customer.
Managed hosting is better for non-Linux gurus. In this case, the web hosting company would offer complete technical assistance and full server management. The provider would monitor your server, install, configure and troubleshoot the virtual machine in case of any problems may arise. The provider would also manage the security of your server. Managed servers come at an extra cost but with a peace of mind.
3. What kind of server specs do I need?
Memory, CPU, disk space, and bandwidth are all important aspects to consider when purchasing a VPS. You need enough RAM and CPU processing power to cover your application requirements. If you are looking to regularly generate a backup of your website locally, you generally need enough free space to entertain the backup file. For example, if you are using 20GB of disk space, you will need a VPS with 40GB of disk space to generate a full backup without any problems. Also, be sure to purchase a server with enough bandwidth to cover your monthly traffic usage.