VPS vs dedicated servers
Shared hosting is inexpensive, convenient, and does not require the business owner to undergo any server maintenance or management. Whether you require more space, greater security, or you have complex requirements, you may need to choose something more expansive and extensive. A Virtual Private Server, or VPS, and a dedicated server are your main options if you need something more than shared hosting offers.
A dedicated server means that you get precisely that: a server that is dedicated entirely to you and your requirements. Nobody else has access to, or uses, the server on which your website or files are located.
This means that you have total freedom over the root software that is installed, but it does also mean that you are responsible for ensuring that it is installed properly, that it is as secure as possible, and that it is maintained to ensure you enjoy ongoing access and use.
A dedicated server is the most expensive option, but if you require a unique PHP configuration, or you have expansive storage requirements, it could be your best option. It will require that you have server and network management experience, and, if anything happens to the server, or the software installed on it, it will be down to you to make the necessary repairs and updates.
The Virtual Private Server
A Virtual Private Server (VPS) falls somewhere between shared hosting and a private server. With a virtual machine you share the core server configuration with other users. This sounds similar to that of shared hosting, but not only are there usually fewer users on a single machine, but you have greater access and more flexibility over what can and cannot be installed and used.
Depending on the type of VPS that you opt for, you may still need to install a LAMP stack and complete the setup of your server yourself, as you would with a dedicated server.
Some hosts do provide VPSs with a lot of this work done for you, so that you can simply benefit from the additional space and the improved performance. You can also pay for a hosting admin service that will manage these aspects for you.
VPS or dedicated server?
You need to determine the most appropriate form of hosting for your needs, and according to your level of server management knowledge. If nobody in your organisation knows how to install Linux or Apache on a server, then you should opt for a VPS, but if you need total freedom and absolute flexibility then a private server is your best option.
Pixel Internet offers both VPS and Private Server hosting, allowing you to choose the type and level of hosting you require.