Today it has become very easy to kick off a site by yourself with all the free web site templates that are available on the Internet along with free-of-charge software applications that are good even for inexperienced customers. Hence, lots of brand new sites are being launched each and every day, incl. weblogs - where the author can comment on various issues that suggest themselves, and photo galleries - where people can post pics and the stories behind them on the Internet. These sites must be hosted somewhere and one prudent web hosting alternative is a VPS.
What is a VPS?
VPS means Virtual Private Server and it works like a dedicated web hosting server in terms of management as you are offered complete server root access with an option to restart the virtual web hosting server remotely. The VPS shares system resources with other virtual servers that are hosted on the same physical machine. This is reflected in the remarkably moderate price, which is much cheaper than that of a dedicated server and is in fact closer to shared web hosting plans in terms of prices.
Kinds of VPS
Just like any other hosting type, Virtual Servers may vary based on different features, but the Operating System is maybe the most evident difference. Here we have the 2 most important varieties:
Windows VPS - a VPS server web hosting system running Windows that will permit software apps which require Windows to perform smoothly to be installed on the private virtual hosting server.
Linux VPS - a private virtual web server hosting system running Linux is the more widely used type that you can encounter on the World Wide Web because it is cheaper to build and handle and thus it is more sought after.
VPS servers are also quite popular with resellers and you can come across two modes of reselling a VPS:
VPS reseller - the reseller purchases a virtual private web hosting server and begins selling shared hosting packages that are hosted on the private virtual hosting server. It is comparable to the ordinary reseller hosting packages, but here the reseller is granted full root privileges and can modify the web server's configuration.
VPS reseller - the reseller in fact buys whole VPS packages to sell them to the customers instead of offering shared web hosting packages on a single virtual server. It is considered more profitable but also necessitates more initial contributions to buy the Virtual Private Server.
Just as any other web hosting type, VPS plans frequently involve a LAMP software bundle. LAMP stands for Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP and introduces 3 more Virtual Private Server hosting types:
VPS with the Apache web server - the Apache web server is quite famous and was the first to hit the one hundred million web site benchmark back in 2009, so it is naturally utilized with virtual hosting servers too.
VPS with MySQL - MySQL is also a famous database management system used with plenty of applications and therefore regularly requested on a VPS.
VPS with PHP - PHP is a programming language used by web developers, thus it is popular with different web hosting solutions, incl. private virtual server web hosting ones.