What is Virtual Private Server hosting?

Virtual private server hosting is like owning your own pool. It's not crowded and you have a lot of options.

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You have total control over what you install. For example, you won't be forced to upgrade your version of PHP, as you would be with a shared host.

You also often have dedicated hardware resources (server memory and processing), along with fast solid-state drives, and guaranteed network speeds. This can make your site load a lot faster.


You have to manage everything. If you want to use PHP, then you have to install it. If you're a beginner, you might want to consider shared hosting.

Which VPS provider should I use?

I use Linode, and have been very happy with them. One thing I've liked is that when I've prepaid for 2 years of hosting, they've given me a 15% discount.

I've also considered using Digital Ocean, which is roughly the same price as Linode (unless you're prepaying and get a 15% discount).


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