Choosing a VPS is always a complex work and finalising the vendor is even more critical.
Here, we have tried to create a list based on various server parameters you would need to consider while selecting your server.
This is theamount of work you want your VPS to do. For instance,
if you wish to host a static website with 1000 visitors, you can choose a VPS with
2GB Ram and a reasonable amount of storage, say 30GB. A word of caution though;
do not buy any server below 2GB Ram capacity. This is because the operating system
itself consumes a lot of RAM space, hence you might find it difficult to run the
small tasks in the server with RAM capacity lesser than 2GB
When we say VPS hardware, it includes storage, RAM, network, processor
series, bandwidth, IP address, DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) Protection,
and traffic. Your vendor would be able to provide you with the hardware specifications,
that might be needed as per your hosting requirements. For instance, SSD storage
is a better option if you require very fast server operations otherwise pickthe
one without SSD storage.
Image 1: Components of VPS server, handling multiple VPS accounts
The price is a very important consideration as the VPS hosting
plans work on renewal mode, usually onamonthly basis. Once your server is setup
it is not advisable to change the vendor abruptly as the process may leave you with
some loss in the investment. To be safe, find a vendor who can provide trial server
services so you can experience the performance before renting the VPS.
Microsoft Windows server is recommended for new VPS seeking
users since it provides comparatively easy user-interfaces than their counterparts.
Other option includes hosting a server on Linux machine which offers the operating
system such as Centos, Fedora, Arch Linux or any other which you are familiar with.
The physical location of VPS
The need to know the name of the country where the actual server resides might help in understanding the data protection and privacy
policies of the nation. The location of the VPS also guides whether it is permissible
to run certain applications or software.Check this out before making a purchase.
Software like railway ticket reservation or government applications may not run
on the server whose physical location lies outside the country of service.
Always check and understand the rules
pertaining to data protection and privacy. These policies are vital for your business,
the country laws and as well as for the other citizens of the nation.
There are two server management approach being offered by the
The first approach is amanaged server where the vendor takes the complete responsibility
of managing the server tasks and all the relatable activities.
The second approach is the unmanaged server, where the client manages VPS services on
its own while the vendor’s responsibility gets limited to manage the hardware and
connectivity services of the server.
Image 2 – An overview of VPS
Software licensing policy
Some software is free to use while others require
the purchase of license before you use them for personal or commercial use.Understanding
the concerned software’s license policy for shared resources, you will be able to
run it uninterrupted on your VPS.
The control panel is the user-interface that is provided to you
to access your owned server space. Some VPS vendors provide a self-developed control
panel, while some others provide you with a third-party control panel such as Plesk,for
which you would have to pay extra bucks. Many vendors just provide you with remote
desktop access instead of any sort of control panel.
Generally,a database backup is an additional service and
one has to purchase it separately from the vendor. Although, some VPS providers allow data
backup through FTP, on the VPS itself. Refer to the difference in the price, before
making a purchase.
Upgradation of VPS
This service varies from one service provider to another.Some
of them give you an option to upgrade from a VPS of lower configuration to that
of the higher ones, while somedo not allow any kind VPS up-gradation. Ask your vendor
regarding this concern as your business might have different avenues.
Most of the vendors accept Credit Card or PayPal, but if
want to pay with some other methods like Bank Transfer, Debit Cards, wallets, please
confirm with your vendor.
“Know your customer documents” or KYC for short are made mandatory
as per government regulations, in most of the countries. You would have to provide
an identification proof along with your photograph before your VPS is activated.
This is the most important aspect of your VPS.The online uptime refers
to the time that a website or web service is available to users, over a given period.
Clearly, the highest uptime is what we are aiming for. Most of the vendors claim
to have 99% uptime but you must read the user reviews to know the actual uptime
that has been managed bythat vendor so far.
You are investing in your business when you purchase a VPS.
It is crucial that you would be able to reach a live person through phone or email
when you need technical or non-technical support.Auto replied by the bots or redirected
to the knowledge forum is not enough, especially in the times of distress.
The VPS vendors either bill you a fixed price for the entire month
or you will be billed as pay-per-use.Also,be knowledgeable about the billing dates
and the extension period, if there is any.
We tried to solve most of the questions that you may have while selecting a VPS and its vendor.If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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