You just found out about virtual private server (VPS) hosting, and want to immediately tell your host you’re ready to upgrade. After all, VPS hosting either costs the same or just a tiny bit more than your basic shared plan! However, it’s like you’re getting a complete hosting overhaul. With VPS hosting, you get all the speed and security of a dedicated hosting package, but don’t need a million dollar business to afford it. You might be a little annoyed that your host never told you about this option, but you get that they’re busy.
Fast forward to when you’re looking on your host’s site for information about VPS, or stuck on hold trying to talk to someone—eventually you find out that your host doesn’t offer VPS. Why not? The truth is that only a small fraction of hosts in North America have VPS hosting available for their clients. Is everyone else just falling behind? Is VPS not a safe or viable option? Neither of these are likely true, but the reasons your host doesn’t have VPS on the table may surprise you.
The number one reason most hosts don’t offer VPS is because they’re not getting much out of it. When did you first really learn about VPS? Exactly—it’s not something that’s common knowledge to the vast majority of website owners. You obviously need a hosting package for a website, and for several years there were two primary picks: Basic shared plans and dedicated. It was pretty clear which client needed/wanted what based on the size of their site and budget. The overwhelming majority went with basic.
That made sense for a long time. Years ago, VPS crept onto the scene, but at the time technology wasn’t keeping pace. This made VPS more expensive than basic shared plans. It wasn’t as expensive as dedicated (nothing is!), but it was costly enough to not appeal to most website owners. Thus, it faded into the background. Only in recent years has tech advanced enough to make VPS just as affordable as basic shared plans.
However, during the growth of VPS, web hosts kept an eye on it but just haven’t seen how it benefits them. They would need to offer VPS, charge about the same price as basic, perhaps train their entire staff on supporting VPS, and then do all the marketing, outreach, and education to let clients like you know 1) what VPS is and 2) why it’s a great thing. That’s a lot of time, money, and effort for zero ROI for your host.
In other words, VPS doesn’t benefit hosts. It only benefits you. That, however, should be reason enough for web hosts to get on the VPS bandwagon. Until that happens, it’s up to you and you may need to switch hosts to get VPS. That can sound like a big undertaking, but it’s not. With the right, new host on your side, they’ll take care of all the heavy lifting.