Power bloggers may find that shared hosting is not handling the requirements of their blog visitors or e-commerce customers. For these bloggers, consolidating all websites and blogs onto a blog VPS will provide improved performance and decreased downtime. VPS hosting offers several advantages over shared hosting. In many cases, WordPress VPS hosting offers the advantages of dedicated hosting without the expense. Power bloggers may want to consider VPS rather than shared hosting, even if they choose the smallest available package at first. With only a few posts, power bloggers may obtain more traffic than they dreamed possible, and they will want to have the resources to handle it.
The VPS Advantage: Customization, Privacy and Resources
One advantage of blog VPS hosting over shared hosting is customization. VPS servers are nearly as customizable as dedicated hosting, which makes VPS the ideal solution for users who need customization without the power associated with dedicated servers. Servers that use Plesk or cPanel will allow for numerous software packages, including WordPress, to be installed.
VPS provides users with their own unique IP address. Unique IP addresses provide increased stability and reliability for a website. If another hosting account on the same server is hacked, blocked or becomes blacklisted, then that problem will not affect a VPS with its own unique IP address.
VPS hosting offers privacy. VPS servers offer the same degree of privacy as using a distinct physical computer that can be separately rebooted. With VPS, users often get root access with full administrative rights, allowing users to have full control over the server and over content hosted on the server. Because VPS accounts are insulated from one another, VPS minimizes access for both customers and hackers. If someone attacks an account on the same server, then your account will still be safe with VPS.
VPS provides dedicated resources. VPS allows for dedicated CPU, RAM, bandwidth and disk space. A fixed number of VPS servers will be offered on a physical node at any one time, and servers can be rebooted or updated remotely without affecting the other VPS hosting accounts on the same server hardware. Bloggers may consider VPS with “bursting” resources, which will accommodate additional CPU time and memory to VPS packages when they are both in need and available. This will provide additional computing power without upgrading to a higher VPS package.
With VPS, no single user will run away with all of the bandwidth capacity because all resources will be regulated. When users need more resources, VPS resources are scalable. Clients can transfer applications and files to a more robust VPS solution or even to a dedicated server solution without disruption in service. VPS will also provide lower latency and faster upload times for even the most high-traffic blogs.
Multi-Site, Multi-Blog Hosting
VPS allows bloggers to host multiple sites on their servers, including WordPress, Movable ype and CMS-based sites like Drupal and Joomla. This flexibility is especially important for entrepreneurs who want to transition to e-commerce, for instance. Having the ability to utilize multiple software platforms on one server allows bloggers to expand their offerings without compromising quality.
WordPress VPS is also ideal for hosting WordPress multisite networks. Since WordPress 3.0, the software has had the capability to run multiple blogs, even those from multiple domains, on one website. However, when those blogs are confined to a shared hosting platform, that platform may not be able to handle the traffic requirements of the multisite network. In those cases, upgrading to VPS is crucial to successful operation.
VPS Control Panels
Bloggers may choose a cPanel or Plesk interface for easy server management. cPanel is designed to transform standalone servers into one-stop point-and-click hosting platforms. cPanel is known for its ease of use, but Plesk has the ability to support both Windows and Linux-based operating systems, allowing hosting providers to utilize the same control panel for both Windows VPS and Linux VPS systems. Both Plesk and cPanel offer you the ability to get up and running more quickly, especially if you aren’t an experienced system administrator.
The slower speed of shared hosting could cause power bloggers to miss out on valuable sales and on visitors if the site loads slowly or does not work to its optimum capacity. With VPS, bloggers will have the resources that they need to take advantage of traffic and to convert traffic to dollars. When bloggers start to manage hundreds of blogs at a time or have traffic that gobbles up the bandwidth of a shared host, bloggers will want to upgrade to a VPS.