If you are planning to host your website then there are various options, you can choose from either Shared hosting or Dedicated hosting. Shared hosting is the cheapest where hundreds of websites share a single and a very large hard drive. However it is not well suited for people who have very large traffic on their sites and then it is not possible to separate that website from other sites since they share one server. So such sites employ Dedicated Servers or they go in for Dedicated Hosting which means each company has an individual server.
However, Dedicated Hosting is sometimes expensive for these people. So there is an in between option called as VPS or Virtual Private Server which is cheaper than a Dedicated server but has equivalent features. In VPS Hosting each web hosting account gets their own operating system. So the user can use the server the way he wants without affecting or getting affected by the other users who share the same machine since you have your own virtual server. So in other words you get saved from so called Bad neighbor effect.
An experienced Web Hosting Company such as Hostgator can help you migrate from shared hosting to VPS or VPS hosting without any breakdown or hassles.
So the big question that comes in mind here is how do I know that when is the right time to shift to a VPS account? The answer is, if you are planning to expand or offer more services then you must consider a VPS plan. The difference between a good shared hosting plan and a VPS plan is negligible but has huge benefits.
The main advantages of a VPS hosting plan are:
PERFORMANCE – If a person is using more resources on a server in shared hosting then it would affect your performance too even though you are not at fault. But in VPS hosting this would not be so. A person who is using his VPS Server in a wrong way affects his performance only and not the neighbouring VPS servers.
CUSTOMIZATION – In a VPS Hosting you can customize your server as if it was a dedicated server because of partitioning between the customers. This is not possible in a shared hosting.
SECURITY – You cannot completely secure a Shared hosting account. If one company’s site is blacklisted then the whole server cannot send mails until the server gets white listed again. But VPS accounts are insulated from each other which help to reduce risk of being affected by DOS attack which was intended for someone else.
SCALABILITY – In a VPS plan you can increase or decrease your resources as there is always a VPS plan to meet your needs. Also you can easily upgrade or downgrade your plan with very little or no downtime with Hostgator.
UNLIMITED WEBSITES – Also in a VPS hosting one can manage a large number of websites and still you won’t run into problems of hardware sharing.
But apart from these advantages VPS hosting has some disadvantages too. VPS means more responsibility. Since you are responsible for your software installations, site maintenance, security etc. So if you don’t know how to administer your server then VPS can be a little tough for you to manage. So if you still need Power and Control of VPS then you need an expert to manage it.