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What is VPS hosting?

To satisfy the need for cheap, but reliable hosting solutions, vendors initiated a transitional web hosting solution - the VPS. This is a virtual emulation of a server that functions just like a : dedicated server and is much more advanced than any shared website hosting solution. On the other hand, as multiple accounts are created on the same physical web server and each person pays for their account, the price for a VPS account is considerably lower than the cost of a dedicated server. A low-end VPS account is a bit more high-priced than the most feature-rich shared web hosting account, but its resources exceed by far those of the shared website hosting package.

VPS Virtualization Platforms: OpenVZ and KVM

Each given account is insulated from all other accounts on the web hosting server, so each Virtual Private Server can run a different OS and be restarted autonomously from the other ones. The Virtual Servers are managed through a virtualization panel where users can see all running tasks and stop or reboot them, update server-side software applications, watch the used up and the available resources, and much more. OpenVZ, KVM, Virtual PC and VMware are merely a few instances of virtualization consoles utilized for creating and managing virtual web server hosting accounts. They have diverse requirements concerning the CPU architecture, the Operating Systems they support, and so on. For example, KVM can work on machines with x86 or AMD64 processors, can be installed on a hosting server running both Windows and Linux OSs, and allows both of these OSs to be installed on the actual virtual private web hosting servers.

Managed VPS Solutions

The virtualization system gives the customer the power to manage the VPS independently from the hosting provider, saving you the time you'd have waited for their client support staff to reboot a given service or recover a backup. If the client is not skilled enough, however, we offer an optional upgrade that includes OS and software application installation and update procedures, VPS backups, as well as dedicated administrator support and troubleshooting operations. We also have a bunch of private virtual web server server farm locations to pick from: America, the UK and Australia.

Website hosting CPs for VPS

The domains and the web content on the private virtual server are manipulated through a web hosting Control Panel GUI, similar to a normal shared web hosting plan's. The contrast is that with web hosting accounts, users obtain one particular website hosting CP, while with a VPS package, hosting providers usually give a bunch of web hosting CPs to choose from, and the more practiced users can install and use the web hosting Control Panel they wish. Some virtualization platforms support installing a web hosting Control Panel through them to render it easier for the user. Sadly, the majority of the web hosting CPs are not free of charge. Some of those demand a monthly tax (cPanel charges $13/month, have a look at BuycPanel.com), while others ask for a license tax (DirectAdmin). There are other website hosting CPs that restrict the number of the hosted domains (Plesk). While we address web hosting Control Panel-supplied VPS, it's worthwhile to mention that, by default, all VPS packages supplied by us incorporate the Hepsia website hosting Control Panel. The latter offers unlimited hosted domain allowance. Hepsia is attainable at no additional license charge, thus the monthly cost of the private virtual hosting server account chosen by the customer does not alter. Besides, Hepsia probably includes the best Domain Manager on the web hosting Control Panel market.

CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu Based VPS Packages

The website hosting CP GUI permits users to manage domain name, files, databases, FTP and mail accounts, to see traffic and load logs and to watch detailed stats concerning the consumed and the available system resources. Similar to the virtualization panels, the web hosting Control Panels are intended to run under a specific OS. For example, cPanel, which is one of the most widely used website hosting CPs, performs solely under Linux CentOS, whereas Enkompass, which is constructed by the very same firm, performs solely under Windows. Other Control Panels like Plesk and Hepsia are compatible with several platforms. Hepsia supports the CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu Linux distributions. The advantage of certain web hosting CPs over others is that they involve several levels of control - administrator, reseller and client. Each level can access a separate set of functions governing the levels beneath, so it is easy to set up a reseller web hosting website and commence making money by offering web hosting services to other persons. As clients will watch what percentage of the resources is consumed, but will not be able to view the real numbers, even a small-size VPS hosting plan will suffice to set up a small-sized shared website hosting web hosting enterprise and receive money.

The VPS: an Autonomous, Moderately Priced Solution

A VPS is a relatively cheap hosting service, but it is advanced enough to support web sites such as a very famous online store or a large corporate web page. As its management is simple, it is the favored selection of both novices and capable users.