VPS or (Virtual Private Server) are web hosting servers that allow you to have more control, more customization and more freedom to do whatever you want how and when you want it.
Those who should choose to go VPS are people who want scalability and freedom. VPS servers cost a little more to maintain so when searching for them you will want to stay away from cheap offers or offers that look too good to be true. They may be offering you VPS but really giving you shared or something else altogether.
ADVANTAGES OF VPS HOSTING
You will have a huge space and bandwidth which enables you to do what you like. Unlike shared hosting where they say you get UNLIMITED SPACE with VPS you do.
You can upgrade or downgrade your subscription at any time. Many companies will give you the options to start out small and get your feet wet. Then when your needs grow they will be able to give you more resources that you will need to get your job done. But don’t fear, if you need to downsize or scale back you can easily do that as well.
You can configure anything you wish on the server as you own it. If you want to develop your own gaming empire like World of Warcraft or other online multiplayer gaming environment you will have the resources to take advantage of the space and bandwidth requirement.
Run your own batch files to create multiple services inside the server using shell access. Shell access is access that lets you get into the guts and heart of your system.
You can have an extensive and dedicated 24/7 Customer Support which will help you have better security levels. With the ability to do anything with your VPS hosting mans that almost anything can go wrong. So having a great support system behind your system is required. So make sure it is there and reliable. Test them.
You can have easy scalability and backup in this method.
User partitioning enables you to custom firewall configurations.
DISADVANTAGES OF VPS HOSTING
You need a dedicated system administrator to take care of your server. What this basically means is if you have never started a web site or even know what web site means you need to turn around and run away from a VPS server. Try another company that give you support or a shared hosting option.
It is usually costly so you should be careful with cheap offers. A standard VPS web host will typically start at $50.00 a month for their most basic package. For a more advanced package you are looking at $600 a month. So you are getting what you need but you are also paying for it. So make sure you choose your resources wisely.
You must be particular with certain applications as they might have issues running in a virtualized environment. Some scripts require more standardized working environments. That is what they were written to work in. If you have different permissions or don’t fall in line with what the original programmer wanted you may find yourself recoding the entire script or just not being able to get it to work at all.