Virtual Private Servers (VPS) Web Hosting

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Virtual Private Servers (VPS) Web Hosting

Have you ever wanted to put your website into its own machine but do not need all the power and space of a full dedicated web server? Virtual Private Servers, or VPS, fill that intermediate space. VPS are basically virtual machines, much like one that you might run on your own computer to mimic another PC running within your computer. To the web server and operating system running within the VPS, it appears as though they own the entire computer. Each VPS has a certain amount of disk space, RAM and bandwidth allocated.

Web hosts that provide VPS often give their customers virtually complete control over their VPS, allowing them root access (or administrator's access). You can thus usually install and run any software you want into your VPS, host any number of domains you wish, and so on. You are basically the boss of your own virtual server.

While Virtual Private Servers have certain benefits over full dedicated web servers, you should note that it usually runs slower with less resources than if you were to have your own real dedicated server. If your website has drastically outgrown shared web hosting, a VPS may not necessarily be the best solution. You may need to go with Dedicated Servers (Web Hosting) instead.

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Media Temple

This web host provides 2 different VPS plans, called "DV Managed" and "DV Developer". Like its shared hosting plans, your site is placed on what they call "Grid hosting", where multiple servers are used to share the load of handling your website, so that it can weather even heavy traffic. The "DV Managed" plan (which starts at $50 per month, depending on the options you select) comes with the Plesk control panel on a CentOS (Linux) system, root access, the ability to scale from 1 GB to 32 GB of RAM, from 30 GB to 600 GB of disk space, up to 3 TB of bandwidth, and the ability to host 100 domains (although you can also opt for the unlimited domains licence if you wish). MySQL, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, and Postfix is preinstalled, and you can also install other software as well (the system comes with the YUM package management tool preinstalled). The "DV Developer" plan (which starts at $30 per month, depending on the options you select) lets you choose from a selection of Linux distributions, has 20 GB to 500 GB of disk storage, 1 GB to 32 GB of RAM, up to 3 TB of bandwidth, Perl, Ruby, YUM or APT package management (presumably depending on which distribution you use).

GoDaddy.com Virtual Dedicated Hosting

This web host offers VPS hosting, which they call "Virtual Dedicated Servers", for as low as $29.99 per month (paid monthly; if you pay for longer periods in one go, the amount is smaller). This package includes 10 GB of disk space, 500 GB of bandwidth, FTP, SSL certificate, 3 dedicated IP addresses, PHP, Perl, etc.

1&1 Internet Web Hosting

This huge web host provides virtual private servers (VPS) hosting for as low as $29 per month (there are bigger plans with more features). For this price, you get 10 GB of hard disk space, 500 GB of traffic per month, 128 MB of guaranteed RAM, up to 256 MB of burstable RAM, a free domain name, hosting for up to 30 subdomains, 1 dedicated IP address, SSH, cron jobs, 500 email accounts (2 GB mailbox space), web email, 100 MBit connection (data transfer speed), unlimited MySQL databases, Virtuozzo Power Panel and Plesk (for up to 30 domains).

iPower Virtual Servers

This web host offers a range of virtual server plans. Their cheapest virtual private server package costs $49 per month. For this, you get 20 GB of disk space, 1 TB of data transfer, 128 MB memory minimum, burstable up to 1 GB, Plesk 8 control panel, Virtuozzo Power Panel, 1 IP address, PHP, Perl, MySQL, Apache server, web statistics, web logs, FTP, anonymous FTP, etc.

Dotster VPS

This web host offers VPS hosting for as low as $29.95 (Plesk plan, paid annually; $34.95 if paid monthly) or $49.95 (CPanel plan, paid annually; $54.95 if paid monthly) (there are other plans with more features). Both plans come with 10 GB of disk space, 256 MB of RAM, 500 GB of bandwidth, PHP, Perl, Python, Virtuozzo Power Panel, web statistics/analytics, unlimited mail boxes, unlimited MySQL databases, unlimited domains (Cpanel) or 30 domains (Plesk), 1 dedicated IP address, unlimited FTP accounts, cron jobs (scheduled tasks), unlimited POP3 email accounts, email aliases, email forwarders and email auto-responders, unlimited mailing lists, SSH access, password protected directories, etc.

LunarPages Virtual Private Servers

For $39.95 per month (if paid annually), you get a free domain name, 20,000 MB of disk space, 1,000 GB of bandwidth, the ability to host unlimited number of domains, 1 GB of FTP backup space, Virtuozzo Power Panel, 1 IP address, 2,000 Mbit connectivity, etc. Some additional features like web statistics, web logs, require that you include a control panel with your plans, the cheapest of which adds $18 per month plus a $10 setup fee to the price.

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