You’ve decided to go with a virtual private server (VPS), perhaps to replace a basic shared hosting plan or maybe as the start of a brand new business or website. That’s a smart move, but there are many more details to consider. The VPS is halfway between basic shared and having a dedicated server. Plus, the cost of a VPS is getting cheaper by the year, so that now it’s often on par with the cost of a basic shared hosting plan. There are a couple primary private web server virtualization systems to consider, such as OpenVZ or Virtuozzo. Remember that with VPS, your account is kept separate from all others and allows you to run your own operating system (OS), ensuring you can restart and manage as you see fit.
The VPS is managed via a virtualization control panel (CP). This is where you manage running processes, reboot, terminate update applications, and generally keep tabs on your resources. There are several virtualization panels on the market, and some are better than others. They should be intuitive, user-friendly, and serve your needs. As an example, Virtuozzo is suitable for x86 machines and AMD64 processors, and works with either Windows or Linux.
With a virtualization console, you get total control over the VPS—all autonomously. This means you’re not at the mercy of a web host provider, tech team, and you can get things done swiftly if that’s your style. But what if you’re not an expert and have zero sysadmin experience? That’s okay, because a good host will offer an upgraded option that includes management. You might even be able to swing an a la carte type of option where you handpick what you want managed for you. This can include backups, basic administrator support, troubleshooting, and anything else you can imagine.
You also need to take some considerations if you want web site hosting CPs for a VPS server. There’s a hosting CP GUI, kind of like what you have with shared accounts, for your domain name/web content on a VPS server. The big difference is that, when you have a shared account, you get one clear hosting CP. With VPS, you can get a bunch of web space options all with their own hosted Control Panels. If you’re a techie, you can install as you wish. If not, that’s certainly something you can add on as part of a managed or semi-managed plan.
With a webspace hosting CP tool, you can administer files, mail accounts, domain names, databases, and more. This lets you see your web traffic, log it, and check your analytics. However, keep in mind that the webspace hosting CPs are created to work with key OS’. For instances, cPanel is a Linux-only option. Enkompass, which is actually part of the same company, is a Windows tool. Make sure you match this to your OS, otherwise you’ll have a mess to clean up.
If you’re interested in VPS but don’t consider yourself particularly tech savvy, rest easy knowing that a quality web host will be more than happy to walk you through the process and pick up the slack where necessary.