Hosting providers offer you easy access to the online world. However, building a website is only the first step in making your project a success. How are you going to promote the website? Which channels would you address the most? Should you go for paid ads, organic traffic, or a combination of both?

While you have many business decisions ahead of you, choosing a web hosting plan is the foundation on which it all rests. If your foundation isn’t solid, even the fanciest roof will crumble.

Here is our take on one of the trendiest services in web hosting – virtual private servers.

What is VPS hosting?

Hosting providers use a process called virtualization to split a single physical server into multiple virtual instances. The host allocates a dedicated set of system resources to each user and isolates each account in a caged environment, acting completely independently.

VPS services solve many of the problems associated with shared hosting – oversold servers, wasted resources, hacking violations of neighboring accounts.

Compared to the next step you can take of renting an entire dedicated server, VPS platforms are much cheaper while retaining most of the benefits.

Types of VPS hosting

In terms of what’s in the package, there are two different types of VPS hosting – managed and unmanaged.

If you are a beginner in this field and don’t have a lot of technical knowledge about setting up and managing servers, a managed VPS deal is your best bet. Although this service is a little more expensive, it gives you the option of using your provider’s competent support team. Your role usually includes initial server setup, hardware maintenance, software installation, updates, and technical issues. You can see how useful this extra help is for startups and SMBs with less experience in this field.

In comparison, unmanaged VPS solutions are definitely a better fit for the pros. The service includes the monthly rental of a bare metal machine and likely an initial setup. You have full control over the server. What you do with it is entirely up to you. However, because technical support is not included, if you run into any problems, you are alone. Managing a virtual server may be a breeze for seasoned developers and web administrators, but beginners can find the service a bit overwhelming.