As a blogger, you’ve probably encountered a wide variety of new terms since the launch of your business. One of them may be VPS.
As you may know, the term VPS stands for “Virtual Private Server.”
This type of hosting uses virtualization technology to split one powerful server into a number of virtual servers. As a result, one server performs the functions of multiple ones.
You may also think that the splitting reduces the power of the server and ultimately affects your blog, *but* what it really does is offering more power compared to basic shared hosting at a lower cost.
Besides, the server is reserved just for your blog, so there’s no need for sharing CPU, RAM, and data with others.
Furthermore, dear folks, these are just a couple of quite simple reasons why your blog should have VPS hosting.
Read on if you want to know how it can contribute to your visitors’ experience, security, functionality, and ultimately, your business.
There are a number of advantages of VPS (which, btw, is also called “cloud”) over shared hosting and other options.
Buckle up, let us introduce you to some VPS magic:
VPS options for your blog are affordable solutions and are getting cheaper because of the rapid advances of virtualization technologies. A quick research of reliable cheap managed VPS hosting providers reveals that you can actually find a good provider for as low as $9 per month (especially with a discount).
There are also options for $10, $14, $25, $27, and $35 per month, so bloggers have a variety of reliable options to choose from. If you’re thinking why managed VPS hosting costs so low, it’s because it really doesn’t have to be expensive.
The reason for such thinking is that most of the most popular VPS hosting providers are expensive, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t trust more affordable options if you’re on the budget.
Having a full root access to the server provided by VPS means that you tweak it to meet your needs without waiting for a permission.
“For example, if you’re using shared hosting and you need to install a custom software package (tax, billing, accounting etc.), you cannot do it without obtaining an approval from the hosting provider,” explains Amanda Sparks, a professional blogger at TopDownWriter.
Since optimization settings of shared web servers don’t allow a lot of popular software packages because of security and performance concerns, chances are your options for installing various tools will be limited.
Having a VPS server solves this problem because there’s no need to get a permission from your hosting provider. You have a full root access to the server!
There is one significant disadvantage of shared hosting — one bad user can affect the entire server. Bam, all will be affected until a mistake has been fixed.
As a result, your blog will crash without you doing anything wrong. In other words, this type of hosting is like a stack of dominos: one falls and makes all others fall as well.
Since no one wants their blog to be affected by mistakes or errors made by others, it’s better to go with VSP because it ensures you’ll have your own server. So this option offers an increased reliability and stability.
By choosing a reliable hosting provider, you can focus on other important activities such as writing quality content for your blog readers. “Many bloggers often delegate the task of choosing a provider to their more tech-savvy friends, and focus on content creation,” says Mike Korver, a blogger and a journalist at GetGoodGrade. “I would much rather recommend them to manage this process so they can be sure their blog will be stable and non-stop online.”
When your blogging business develops to the point when you have to open your store, having a shared server won’t be a good option to go with. Why? Because if you choose VPS, you’ll have a secure and dedicated virtual server that significantly increases your chances of passing the tests that aim to evaluate its capability to protect payers from data theft (PCI Data Security Standard is one of these tests).
If your customers can use credit cards to make purchases on your website, you have to do your best to make sure that their data is protected. VPS is a more secure option, so choosing to develop your online business would be a better idea.
“Having a WordPress VPS hosting allows you to host multiple networks based on the CMS,” says Brian Morrison, a blogger at Canada-Writers. “This means that you can expand your business by running several blogs on different domains using a single website.”
For example, this feature allows to launch blogs in several languages! You just need to use a search tool find a good translation service to adapt the content to diverse audiences.
On the other hand, you may not be able to host multiple blogs on a shared hosting platform because this configuration may not be able to manage the traffic from a multisite network. Moreover, the average loading speed delivered by most providers today is just under two seconds, which is great to deliver a positive user experience.
Now you have all knowledge you need to make a decision about hosting for your blog. As you can see, VPS hosting has some great advantages over shared hosting, so choosing it to grow your business makes more sense.
Once you make your selection of a VPS hosting provider, chances are you’ll never go back to shared hosting. This is simple to understand because this solution ensures more uptime for your blog, therefore, gets more traffic than others.
About the author: Natalie Andersen, chief content writer, and enthusiastic blogger. She believes that everyone’s life has to be the result of the choices they make but a helping hand is always welcomed. You can connect with Natalie on Twitter @getgoodgradecom or on Facebook.
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