Your Virtual Private Server is automatically provisioned with your choice of CentOS or Ubuntu, and a firewall. No more software overhead, no more slow servers. That means that you have total control and freedom to customize, optimize, and set up your VPS server to your exact needs. Whether you want Apache, NGINX, PHP, MySQL, custom services, or anything else, you're able to do so with our Cloud VPS servers.
Virtual Private Server Hosting or VPS Hosting is essentially a dedicated server within a shared hosting environment. With VPS Hosting, each customer can run their own virtualized operating system within a partition of a dedicated server. Even though multiple customers are on the same physical machine, VPS Hosting allows each customer's account/website to have all the capabilities of being on their own separate machine. This type of hosting offers advanced performance and flexibility with the ability to customize at an affordable price.
If you host it in a VPS environment, your site won't share resources with neighboring sites, the way it would with shared hosting. In fact, your site lives in a partitioned server area that has its own operating system, storage, RAM, and monthly data transfer limits, so you can expect smoother, more stable site performance. The sites with which you share your server are far less likely to affect your site—or even take it down altogether—than they would be on a shared site. Knowing how VPS setups operate is just the first step, however. You still need to familiarize yourself with the essential features needed for building a rock-solid, VPS-hosted website.

KnownHost has a blog, wiki and forums which have fresh topics that are interesting and relevant, plus informative answers to thousands of common questions. You can also give our server admin, support team and sales staff a shout anytime you have questions or concerns and we'll be happy to answer your questions, recommend VPS (or other) solutions and help you make the most out of your VPS hosting plan(s).
Shared hosting is like you are living in a room with a lot of friends. It means you must fit in the same room and you must split the cost of several things because it is affordable and cheap. However, several individuals are sharing the same space, it means everyone needs to live within a space with restricted resources among them. You will have to use the same things (that sounds a little unhygienic).

Let's take Cloudrino as an example. This Indian startup claims to give you a free VPS. To get it, you need to stay in line - the issue is, the line has apparently, over 230 thousand users in it. And it's not moving very fast! However, to get ahead of the line, you can invite your friends to join the line as well. Like that, you can jump some positions.


You're an experienced developer who wants full control over your environment. We're giving it to you! You get root access so you're able to access and edit all of your server's files! You get to choose your Linux OS and can even re-load your server with a new operating system on demand! You also get boot, shutdown and reboot control. Now we're talking about serious hosting!
For a limited time, all VPS Hosting plans come with Launch Assist included free. Our Launch Assist service includes two hours of time with our team of System Administrators and is meant to help make your onboarding or transition to InMotion Hosting as painless as possible. During this time, you can request assistance with website transfers, server optimizations and configurations, security layers and much more!
Another way you can customize your VPS to your specific needs is with your choice of Linux operating systems. Select from the best versions of Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, Debian, Gentoo or Slackware. If you're in the middle of a project and want change to a different version or a different OS entirely, you can change and re-load your operating system on demand whenever you want!
koding.com has a free VM running Ubuntu. The specs are pretty good, 1 gig memory for example. They have a terminal online you can access through their website, or use SSH. The VM will go to sleep approximately 20 minutes after you log out. The reason is to discourage users from running live production code on the VM. The VM resides behind a proxy. Running web servers that only speak HTTP (port 80) should work just fine, but I think you'll get into a lot of trouble whenever you want to work directly with other ports. Many mind-like alternatives offer similar setups. Good luck!
Think of it like buying a pre-built computer versus building your own computer. When you buy a pre-built computer, it comes with everything already decided for you. You bring it home, plug it in, and turn it on and all the software has already been installed. On the other hand, when you build your own system you get to choose each piece of hardware, put it together, select your operating system, and install your own software. Building your own system takes more work, and you cannot simply turn it on and begin using it. But, in exchange for this additional effort, you get self-determination and control over your hardware and software. You can choose your favorite operating system and the apps you want to install, no longer beholden to the manufacturer’s one-size-fits-all selections. Similarly, with a Self-Managed VPS, you have to do some initial set-up and later management. Yet, you get to choose the software configuration you want to perfectly suit your operating specifications.
The force driving server virtualization is similar to that which led to the development of time-sharing and multiprogramming in the past. Although the resources are still shared, as under the time-sharing model, virtualization provides a higher level of security, dependent on the type of virtualization used, as the individual virtual servers are mostly isolated from each other and may run their own full-fledged operating system which can be independently rebooted as a virtual instance.
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