Virtual Private Server (VPS) web hosting is a relatively new player in the field, having increased in popularity as a viable hosting option in just the last decade. While we provide Thai VPS services, for those unfamiliar with this hosting option, we wanted to cover the basics. So, if you want to learn more, read on.
What is VPS?
VPS hosting can be seen as a cross between shared and dedicated hosting. A Thai VPS is shared between a number of users – much less than a shared hosting server – but each VPS user has their own allocated resources. How this works is one server is split into multiple smaller virtual instances called sub-servers, each of which is designated to one user. Although this means that the total amount of resources is still split across several users – and thus each won’t have as much as a fully dedicated server user – it also means that a VPS plan is more affordable than dedicated hosting, as the costs are split among all users, and that users get dedicated resources.
Pros of VPS
Cheaper than Dedicated Hosting
While shared hosting can be incredibly cheap, dedicated hosting is on the other end of the scale. VPS hosting in Thailand sits nicely in the middle, often coming with a range of plans itself, offering varying degrees of disk space, memory, CPU capacity, bandwidth and more.
A VPS allows for more configuration options than a shared hosting server would, as you’ll be able to manage your own sub-server any way you like it. For instance, you could change its operating system or even reboot it as and when you like. It is also easy to upgrade or downgrade across VPS plans if you feel that your current plan is not suitable for your website – you can simply adjust your resource limits.
Increased Stability over Shared Hosting
VPS hosting is for those who want an affordable hosting option without the woes of shared hosting. In shared hosting, a single irresponsible user could slow or crash an entire server with their website (although rare) – resulting in all the other websites on the server slowing down or even going offline temporarily. On a VPS, each user is on their own sub-server, so you won’t be tied down by the actions of other users nor will your actions impact anyone else. This greatly increases the stability of a website hosted on a Thai VPS.
Cons of VPS
Pricier than Shared Hosting
VPS is touted as a value-for-money alternative to dedicated hosting, but when placed alongside shared webhosting in Thailand, small website owners may find it slightly expensive. If all you’re looking for is the increased capacity and ease of operation, perhaps you could be better served by a premium shared hosting plan.
Unfortunately, some VPS plans are poorly managed by web hosts and the server resources are not allocated properly. Instead of increasing site reliability, this could actually negatively impact the uptime and speed of all sites on the server. In addition, these problems plague the high-traffic times of peak periods, increasing the likelihood that visitors to your site get a frustrating notice of failed connection. To avoid getting stuck in such a situation, be sure to scout prospective web hosts carefully before purchasing anything. If you know of any other websites running on a similar VPS plan to the one you want, you could assess their uptime and speed first. Additionally, it is also possible to start off with a cheaper VPS plan to evaluate the performance of your desired web host, and upgrade later when you are satisfied with the hosting.
In summary, we believe VPS hosting may not be for everyone. Those who are simply looking to get started with a small to average sized site may find that shared hosting is sufficient for their needs, while larger companies may find themselves needing more resources than what VPS plans offer. However, if you desire the flexibility and autonomy of controlling your own server while looking for a lower-cost and lower-capacity option, VPS hosting may be what you’re after.