Choosing the Right VPS Provider
These days, there are plenty of companies that offer server services. You can find several left and right with a quick online search. However, sometimes you can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. Whether it is the choice of company to patronize or the kind of package to make use of, picking a server is a hard choice, one that should not be taken lightly.
But one of your best bets is a virtual private server or VPS. This gives you a level of security close to a dedicated server and a level of affordability close to a shared server.
What is a VPS provider?
A server is a physical machine, like a computer. When you have a dedicated server, that entire machine serves you. When you virtualize that server, you turn it into a shared server, wherein many different websites and clients share that one machine, along with all of its resources.
While this makes shared servers very inexpensive and affordable for most individuals and businesses alike, it makes the system flawed because it is not fully secure. All of the data is stored in one place, which means that the entire system is only as safe and secure as the weakest user of the server. If someone is able to hack into one user’s account, they can gain access to the entire server. Similarly, a virus or malware can infect all of the data in the server if one user mistakenly adds a corrupted file.
A virtual private server bridges the two by taking the shared server and partitioning it, so that each client gets its own dedicated portion of the physical machine.
Depending on the package you take from your VPS provider, you can get capabilities close to a dedicated server at a much lower cost. You can then enjoy the security that comes with your files not being mixed in with several other files, without the cost of renting an entire machine.
What you should look for in a VPS provider
Now that you see what VPS servers can do, how do you go about picking a provider?
Like any server, your relationship with your VPS provider is based on trust. The first thing you should look for is a company that can be trusted to handle all your data. Search for companies that have never been hacked or have never leaked information. Look for a company that corporations trust to keep and store their sensitive information.
Your VPS provider should also have excellent customer service. You want a company that you can contact no matter what time of the day or day of the week to answer your queries and address your complaints. Research can also help you here as you want to find out how long it takes a company to address a concern.
Whichever you choose will become your VPS host and should provide you with a plan that has good scalability. This means that it must be able to expand the specs it provides you when your needs change, like when your business grows larger. This is super important because you never know when your business will explode and you will need a server that is more capable of handling larger amounts of data. After all, the business world is unpredictable and your company may become a world player in a matter of weeks, days, or even hours!
You also want a VPS provider that can give you at least one unique IP address. This will give you the ability to use your IP address to better develop your website. It also prevents the scenario wherein one of the clients you are sharing a physical server with did something that caused your entire IP address to be blacklisted.
Of course there is the factor of price. One of the reasons why you opted for a VPS instead of a dedicated server is to save some money, so it is best to be price conscious. Do not go for something just because it is cheap because with servers, you get what you pay for. Still, this is no reason to break the bank.
Overall, the most important thing to keep in mind is not to make a rash, uneducated decision. Make an effort to research the different possibilities, providers, plans, and configurations as much as possible before settling on a company for your server.