VPS or Virtual Private Servers are designed to give a greater range of flexibility and power to the website owner in order for them to meet their needs with custom software and complex web applications. A Virtual Private Server functions in a very similar manner to a dedicated server but due to its divided hardware framework it allows the VPS to only use a fraction of the overall resources associated with the host machine. When looking for the best Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting there are many aspects that must be taken into consideration but some of the most important configuration options to compare are:

  • Bandwidth Limits
  • Guaranteed RAM Memory
  • HDD/SSD Storage Space
  • Number of Dedicated Cores
  • Monthly Data Transfers

Most web hosting companies offer self-installed, managed, and Cloud VPS plans with a wide variety of features depending on the hosting company which is determined largely as a result of the virtualization software used for the platform account management.

Managed vs. Unmanaged (Self-Installed) vs. Cloud VPS Platforms

More often than not most managed VPS hosting plans come with a preconfigured version of Linux (operating system) with Apache, Python, Perl, MySQL, PHP, and many other server extensions intended for web development preinstalled with their settings already optimized. Often times you will also find that some managed VPS hosting companies also offer different operating systems “snapshots” which can include Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS , among many others that can be chosen which include additional distribution based server utility frameworks which help to increase the overall speed of deployment. Typically Windows VPS hosting accounts are configured with ASP.net configuration as their default configuration if you decide to use a Windows platform.

Unmanaged (Self-Installed) VPS web hosting only includes the physical server hardware and it is completely up to the webmaster to both install and maintain their own software on the server. It is my opinion that if you are a beginner and not extremely tech savvy you should opt for a managed VPS web hosting plan but, if you are tech savvy then unmanaged VPS web hosting offers you the ability to completely customize of your server and its software. We once again would like to reiterate that if you are not tech savvy, new to web hosting, or do not know how to both install and maintain your own server software then we recommend you chose a managed VPS hosting plan.

Cloud VPS platforms offers incredibly fast hardware which often times includes extremely fast SSD’s (solid-state drives) and will also generally include a preinstalled version of Linux running under the open stack framework. Because Cloud VPS platforms incorporate SSD’s with multicore servers accompanied with a large number of installed DDR4 random access memory (RAM) it has been shown during page load speed benchmark testing that Cloud VPS platforms can have a performance gains of up to a 20X improvement. Web hosting companies have begun to launch Cloud VPS hosting solutions and plans as a “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) product which has been designed specifically for the hosting needs associated with custom LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP ‘sometimes PERL or Python instead of PHP’) development.

There are countless web hosting companies that offer various VPS plans and special attention must be paid to the differences between accounts in order to determine which options are most suited to the development requirements of the website that is going to be hosted using the virtual private server. Here is a list of some of the features that must be taken into consideration when deciding on which VPS plan you will pick and which hosting company you are going to use:

  • Server Performance (CPU, RAM, etc.)
  • Operating System
  • Visualization Software
  • Website Security
  • Backups
  • Cloud Optimization
  • System Administration
  • Technical Support (Phone, Live chat, etc.)

it is imperative that both site owners and developers pay close attention to these features before considering the purchase of a virtual private server while also making sure that they take into consideration the difference between managed, unmanaged (self-installed), and Cloud VPS platforms.

Final Thoughts

When determining on which the VPS hosting plan is the best to purchase one of the most important factors to keep in mind is the method of system administration. Of course it is also important to know the basics behind virtualization platforms; you can also have the peace of mind knowing that most data centers manage this behind the scenes. Also developers that have custom requirements for their unique web programming can choose between which VPS hosting plan fits their particular requirements along with their background and experience in dealing with either managed, unmanaged (self-installed), or Cloud VPS platforms.

When using a managed VPS platform you are only allowed a limited amount of choices in regards to determining which operating system you will use in comparison to the overall freedom and un-monitored unmanaged (self-installed) approach. With Cloud VPS web hosting the plans are based upon the advanced hardware needs and powerful servers that include SSD’s (solid-state drives), DDR4 RAM (random access memory), and multicore processors. If were shared hosting account does not have enough processing power to accommodate the needs of your website and a dedicated server is out of your price range, then it could be advantageous for you to get a Cloud VPS hosting account because this is the sweet spot found between the two, it allows for immense performance gains in regards to a websites page load speed due to the upgrades in both the software and hardware along with its overall advanced optimization.