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VPS vs. VPN: What’s the Difference?

When faced with technical business decisions, many different terms are thrown around, and naturally, they are likely to confuse some of us. One of the most easily confused areas is the difference between VPN and VPS hosting. The acronyms are nearly the same, but the two offer completely different services. While both services offer more cost effective ways to control aspects of the company’s operation, your business may not need to use both services. Learn the difference between VPS and VPN, and how to determine which will best serve your company.

VPS: Virtual Private Server

VPS hosting is a web hosting option that enables businesses to gain the flexibility and features of a dedicated server without the expense. VPS hosting uses the principles of shared hosting to reduce the cost of operation by placing several accounts on the same server. Each account is placed on a virtual partition of the server to give it the independence of a dedicated server, allowing businesses more control over their server environment in addition to a host of other benefits. VPS hosting is ideal for small to medium businesses who are in need of fast performance and security, but are not in a position to pay for the additional cost. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Benefits of VPS Hosting

What is it?

VPS Hosting, or virtual private server hosting, is a hybrid between shared and dedicated hosting that offers several solid benefits to its users. It works by creating virtual partitions on the server, allowing each account to have its own server space without affecting the others hosted there. The benefits include: stability, increased performance, access to dedicated resources, flexibility, and affordability.

Stability

With a shared hosting account, the traffic and other activities from the other sites on the same server have the potential to adversely affect your website performance. With VPS, nothing any of the other accounts on the server do have the ability to affect your website. Stability, of course, is a vital element of any web hosting. Being accessible for customers, regardless of the time of day or night, is key.

Access to Dedicated Resources

Since you’ll have your “own” server with VPS hosting, you will have your own portion of resources, meaning you will have access to a faster CPU speed, more RAM, and more disk space for storage than you would have on a shared plan.

Increased Performance

Your website will experience increased performance as compared to shared hosting, because you will no longer have to share the server resources with hundreds or even thousands of other hosted accounts. Your website visitors will enjoy faster load times, which benefits your business.

If your website does not load quickly enough to keep your visitor on your site, your potential clients will likely go to your competitor. Once this happens, it’s difficult to recapture that audience. The general nature of web users is impatience, so the faster your site loads, the better. Read the rest of this entry »

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