The Good and Bad of VPS Hosting


In 2007, we were fairly new to the hosting world and had only a year of experience under our belts with our first shared hosting platform. Thank God, the online business had started to do very well and we knew that it was time to upgrade to something else a little more professional but we were not sure what. Our main concerns at the time were site speed and site security. We couldnt afford a real private server so obviously our next best variant was a VPS hosting platform. So we took the plunge, purchased our VPS and 5 years later here we are. What did we learn? Would we do it all over again? These are just a few questions that will be answered below as we look at the positives and negatives of owning a Virtual Private Server.

After 5 years of living it the VPS world, there have been a few lessons learned on our journey. Like any lessons in life, some are good and some are bad. The good part about owning a VPS is most definitely the versatility of the server. Having private IP addresses, the ability to control your own backups and control what software is on your server is a huge plus. Of course you do have to have some form of technical know-how in order to run a VPS (we had none in the beginning and looked at our new server in a state of shock for about the first 3 months) whereas shared hosting can pretty much be operated by anybody. The down side of the initial first glance at a Virtual Private Server is the technical aspect of what you get. There are capabilities of our VPS that we will never understand simply because some parts of it are too complicated for the average user. Are these complicated areas something that effect the day to day performance? Absolutely not! Most of these features are related to tweaking MySQL settings or PHP permissions which we usually do not need. Tech support is okay but most of those guys tend to talk over the average laymans head so sometimes it leaves us in left field scratching our heads.

Another area of discussion related to a VPS server is the reliability factor. Any hosting company will quickly try to sell their clients on the safety and reliability of a VPS over that of shared hosting. If you look at the security of a VPS in regards to how it is setup in comparison with shared hosting, it will quickly be apparent that the VPS will be much less prone to cyber attacks and any issues related to malware than that of a shared hosting platform. The only problem is that when a VPS goes down, and believe us it will, getting it back up is often quite more time consuming than a shared VPS. The reason why is that most hosting companies are on full alert in regards to their shared hosting and obviously if it goes down, they will hear about it very quickly. Not so with a VPS. If something goes down with your server then it is usually up to you to report it and it can take much longer to get back online than with shared hosting. So the whole reliability factor can be somewhat misconstrued depending on how you look at it when dealing with a Virtual Private Server.

Now a huge advantage in regards to a VPS which has no negative aspects at all is the site speed. If you are looking for a much faster load time, then a VPS is the way to go. We have always been more than happy with the load times of our sites and that in itself makes the extra cash that we have to put out yearly worth every penny. If you are looking for a much better site speed load time, then this factor should definitely persuade you in upgrading from your current platform.

So now that 5 years of VPS hosting have gone by, would we do it all over again? Most definitely so! We have more than enjoyed our hosting upgrade and really have no desire to ever go back to shared hosting. The journey hasnt been without its problems but when we look at what we get for what we pay for, the advantages easily outweigh the disadvantages.