Virtual servers: choosing the right VPS

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With fairly low performance and a lower level of security, the shared server does not always meet the needs of a company. At the other end of the spectrum, the dedicated server is very efficient, but it represents a high cost that is not within the reach of everyone.

Halfway between shared hosting and a dedicated server, the VPS (Virtual Private Server) appears to be an excellent compromise, thanks to its performance close to a dedicated server, at an advantageous price.

If you’ve ever looked for hosting for your website, you’ve probably come across this term. But then what is a VPS? What are these advantages? How to choose it? Answers in this guide.

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What is a VPS?

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. Thanks to so-called virtualization technology, a single dedicated server is shared between several virtual private servers. Much like your computer is between several partitions.

Each VPS has its own resources: processor (CPU), storage, memory (RAM), bandwidth.

Differences with other accommodations

Shared hosting, which is the entry-level formula for hosting providers, consists of a server shared between several users. Unlike VPS, it does not offer resources allocated specifically to the site hosted on it, other than a certain quota of disk space. Thus, if another site on the same server consumes a lot of resources, yours will be penalized, which can quickly become annoying.

Conversely, the dedicated server is a machine which is, as its name suggests, entirely dedicated to you. You thus have all the power offered by the machine and can host several sites on it. But the price is proportional to the power, and it is better to have a very good technical background to administer it, or to entrust its administration, known as outsourcing, to a specialist. Again, you can imagine, the budget quickly becomes significant.

Cloud hosting uses multiple servers that are linked together, called a cluster. Each of them stores a copy of your site, and if one is too busy, another takes over. However, here again, solid technical knowledge is essential. In addition, invoicing is generally done on a per-use basis, depending on the use of resources, and therefore the visits to your site. This system makes the budget much more difficult to predict, especially as the prices are not necessarily very intelligible.

If you don’t want to allocate the budget of a dedicated server to hosting your site, VPS is a good option.

Your VPS behaves like a dedicated server. Thereby :

  • You can use the operating system of your choice and configure it according to your needs.
  • Since it is independent from the rest of the server, you can update and restart it as you wish.
  • As on a dedicated server, you have more features available than with shared hosting.
  • You can host several websites there.
  • Other websites hosted on the server separate from your VPS will not affect your site’s performance.
  • It is scalable and flexible: if your offer is no longer sufficient for you, switching to a higher offer is generally done very simply, without having to redo a complete installation of your site.
  • Prices are now very affordable, often barely more expensive than shared hosting and available from all hosting providers.
Virtual Servers: definition, advantages and disadvantages of VPS

The disadvantages of VPS

While it is much more efficient than shared hosting, it only gives you access to part of the resources of a dedicated server. A dedicated server will therefore be much more powerful and more suitable for a site that is greedy in disk space and / or RAM.

In addition, it requires more technical knowledge than shared hosting, so it is necessary to have a solid understanding of hosting in order to be able to administer it correctly.

There are administration interfaces that are fairly easy to learn, such as Plesk or cPanel, but the additional cost generated by the license can quickly increase the amount of the bill.

Finally, it is better to know about security in order to avoid potential vulnerabilities.

Signs that Virtual Private Server is right for you

A website can take quite a long time to load. Either because it makes a lot of requests to the database for example, or because too many people request it at the same time. In addition, some CMS, such as WordPress or Prestashop, are resource intensive. So, if your site is slow despite optimizations, it might be time to consider switching to a VPS.

Likewise, if you often get errors stating that the server is unavailable or taking too long to respond, it is often a sign that your hosting is no longer suitable.

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How to choose the right VPS?

The technical characteristics of the VPS

The processor, RAM and storage are all hardware resources that must meet your needs.

The possibilities of evolution of the virtual private server

The sizing of a virtual server must take into account the evolution of your platform. Also, it is better to go to a host offering a flexible solution, allowing you to resize your server when the time comes.

The security and confidentiality of the VPS

Turn to a VPS offer with an adequate firewall offer and ensure the location of the data centers. The locations do not have the same confidentiality regulations.

5 hosts offering Virtual Private Servers

1. Hostinger

Hostinger

Known around the world for its (many) hosting offers with excellent value for money, Hostinger is considered one of the best VPS providers.

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You will be able to choose the physical location of your website from a selection of several datacenters: Hostinger has datacenters located all over the world, many of which are located in Europe, which gives you the luxury of select the data center closest to the visitors you want to reach with your site.

If your readers or customers are predominantly French, choose a datacenter located as close as possible to France. Here is a list of the features of the Hostinger offer:

  • OS centOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse, or even Debian.
  • A dedicated IP
  • Full root access
  • Access to a 100 MB / s network
  • Support for IPv4 and IPv6 addresses
  • A 30-day money-back guarantee
  • 24/7 live chat support
  • SSD storage

The price

The VPS offer ranges from € 3.95 (for 1 Core, 1gb of RAM and 20Gp of SSD storage) to 32.99 € (8 cores, 8gb of RAM, 160go SSD).

2. Planet Hoster

Planet Hoster

Not really a VPS solution, but the “HybridCloud” offer proposed by PlanetHoster deserves its place in this article. First of all, it is a solution totally managed by the PlanetHoster teams: these teams will therefore take care of the administration and monitoring of your server 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Like most solutions, you will be able to choose in which datacenter you want to deploy your VPS hosting when placing your order. Only two choices are available to you: Paris and Montreal. Some characteristics:

  • Linux OS
  • Cpanel and WHM licenses included
  • Anti-DDoS Protection
  • Multi-Sites + Unlimited Sites + 100% isolated
  • Up to 32 CPU Cores, 256GB RAM, 16 TB Hard Disk
  • Anti-Malware Protection
  • 24/7 live chat and phone

The price

This offer starts from € 49.99 / month (2 cores, 4gb of Ram and 160gb of storage)

3. LWS

LWS

LWS is a 100% French host with a datacenter in France. You will not have the leisure to choose the location of your server …

However, the host offers a varied range of VPS hosting. LWS’s offer covers the majority of needs, whether for a small website, or a very large professional site.

  • OS: Debian, Ubuntu, and centOS.
  • Unlimited monthly traffic
  • A fixed IP address
  • Root SSH or managed access
  • A free domain name (.fr, .com, .net, .org, .info, …)

The price

The prices range from € 4.99 to € 49.99 / month.

4. Ionos

Ionos

It has been 2 years since 1 & 1 merged to become “IONOS by 1 & 1”. Created in 1999, 1 & 1 looks like a dinosaur, it is a historic web host in France (and around the world). Which, with respect to the competition, gives it a big advantage, due to the very large number of data centers available in Europe. In terms of characteristics, we find:

  • Linux OS (centOS, Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSuse), but also Microsoft (Windows Server 2016 and 2019).
  • DDoS protection
  • Full root access
  • Preinstalled applications: WordPress, Drupal, PrestaShop, Magento, etc.

The price

The wallet is not greatly impacted since the offer starts at 1.20 € (1 core, 512mb RAM, 10GB of storage) up to 28 € / month (6 cores, 12go RAM, 240go storage) (reduction of 6 first months)

5. OVH

OVH

We end this list with a French host that we no longer really need to present: OVH. Based in Roubaix, the company offers – ô, surprise! – one of the best VPS web hosting.

The performance is indeed very good, especially for the prices offered. Obviously, you will be able to benefit from data centers in France. OVH has a very large number of them, both in Paris and Roubaix, or even Strasbourg (when it’s not burning). Main characteristics side:

  • Anti-DDos Protection
  • Admin access (root),
  • Support for IPv4 and IPv6 addresses,

The price

From 5.52 € (1 core, 2go RAM, 40GB SSD) to 33.12 €, reduced price on longer commitment.

In conclusion

Halfway between shared hosting and dedicated server, VPS is an excellent solution for sites needing good performance. Also if you plan to have multiple websites.

It is, for the needs of most sites, an excellent alternative to the dedicated server while being more affordable.

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