I have some sites hosted on a shared-hosting/cpanel environment and need to make a move up. I have some experience running my own server, but it is very basic (a local box to do live testing/file serv). My question is how difficult is it to run a VPS, should I buy a managed VPS (with stuff already installed), or unmanaged (blank box), and lastly if I go for unmanaged what steps should I take to keep my VPS secure? Edit: Also how difficult is it to backup files and databases? Can it be automated?


A Hostway|HOSTING Virtual Private Server (VPS) solution puts you on a server with other clients, where each client shares the cost of running the server. Unlike shared hosting (e.g., FlexCloud), a virtual private server solution gives each client its own partitioned server area. You manage your own operating system (Linux or Windows), storage space, and memory to ensure your site’s performance and stability.

You can use Amazon VPC to host multi-tier web applications and strictly enforce access and security restrictions between your webservers, application servers, and databases. You can launch webservers in a publicly accessible subnet and application servers and databases in non-publically accessible subnets. The application servers and databases can’t be directly accessed from the Internet, but they can still access the Internet via a NAT gateway to download patches, for example. You can control access between the servers and subnets using inbound and outbound packet filtering provided by network access control lists and security groups. To create a VPC that supports this use case, you can select "VPC with Public and Private Subnets" in the Amazon VPC console wizard.
Due to the volume of transfer requests, you can expect a full transfer to be completed anywhere from 10-14 days, experiencing little to no downtime during the migration. If you are looking for an expedited move (for example, your site has been down for days and you need to get it moved quickly), you can purchase Managed Hosting for $40 per hour and they will help take care of the transfer process for you in a 1-2 day window. Launch Assist (2 hours with our Managed Hosting team) comes included free as a part of all 12 month VPS-2000HA-S plans and for all term lengths for VPS-3000HA-S plans.
Get the control panel you prefer by selecting it at order time. Either is available - it's strictly a matter of personal preference. Many people opt for cPanel, because of its popularity - and we can't fault them for that. However, it’s your VPS – so you’re in control - you can have other control panels and software installed instead - it's totally up to you (but faster setup times if you pick cPanel or DirectAdmin).
Under normal circumstances, numerous websites can operate on each of the Virtual Private Servers, which are operated on the host machine. However, if in case, a single virtual server starts to hog a lot of resources of the host computer, then it can cause poor loading of web pages and other such service lagging issues. In this situation, a dedicated server is the only solution, offered by web hosting service, in order to deal with enormous traffic and work as per the needs.

Our cloud provisioning system is able to rapidly deploy new servers after orders have been verified. The setup time for a VPS server actually varies depending on if you are using a Linux or Windows operating system. On Linux based servers you should see the VPS online within 15-30 minutes. For a Windows based server you will see the VPS online within 1-2 hours.


As you can see, each of these options has its own advantages, so you will need to weigh the options and determine which one will best meet your site’s needs. Depending on the amount of traffic your site receives, the resources needed to maintain the best performance for your site’s users, or any other specifications that you might need to consider (such as high availability, disaster recovery, or load balancing), either option might be best for you. If you need help determining the ideal solution for your website, please contact us to speak to a hosting expert.
If you are not already familiar with Linux system administration, you will need to devote a great deal of time to familiarizing yourself with all of the applications you're using and the CentOS operating system - you could pay someone else to set up your VPS for you, but that wouldn't help down the road when you need to update software and resolve administrative issues... (if you're not sure, go with a managed service)
In unmanaged VPS hosting, the user enjoys full freedom to control the web server. The user gets access to the remote web server and they get the administrative power of the server. Unmanaged VPS hosting thus give you complete administrative functions of the web server and the user gets the freedom to select the administrator who can control the server technically.
You can move corporate applications to the cloud, launch additional web servers, or add more compute capacity to your network by connecting your VPC to your corporate network. Because your VPC can be hosted behind your corporate firewall, you can seamlessly move your IT resources into the cloud without changing how your users access these applications. You can select "VPC with a Private Subnet Only and Hardware VPN Access" from the Amazon VPC console wizard to create a VPC that supports this use case.

Managed VPS hosting obviously varies from one hosting provider to another, but if you do not possess a vast amount of technical knowledge and ability, this “hands off” approach is definitely your most feasible option.  If you have little to no experience running or maintaining a server, managed cloud VPS hosting can be very beneficial to you because the web host typically takes care of the software and system updates that you request, and in some cases, even does them automatically for you as they are needed.
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Most VPS hosts only offer servers running Linux-based operating systems; you'll need to dig a bit to find Windows-based VPS hosting. This is important to note if you're planning on running software that requires a Microsoft-compatible environment. That said, Linux-based VPS hosting will save you a few bucks; Linux servers usually cost $10 to $20 less than Windows servers.
VPS users still have access to the same resources and features as they would have otherwise, and they still have the freedom to install any application and make changes to those applications. Since you are not actually sharing any hardware, you will not have to be concerned about the physical server maintenance and security. The hosting company will need to worry about this.
When you read about VPS hosting, some questions naturally arise. Let's say, if there are multiple users on the same dedicated server, running virtual private servers, will they be able to access my data? That’s a valid question to raise, but in this case, we can happily inform you that you’re safe. All VPS hosting services are safely partitioned by specific software, which guarantees top-notch protection.

Ubuntu is one of the top OS picks for web servers on the planet. The open-source nature of Ubuntu lends itself to be a perfect tool for users that want a flexible and stable environment. This OS is ideal for any online project that demands high security and a customizable stack. Being the 3rd most common OS Ubuntu naturally boasts about a massive community. You can be sure, that whatever issues you may run into, there will be no shortage of help online!
WHM's Backup Configuration section is one of the most powerful and vital tools for an administrator of multiple sites. It allows you to manage each of your individual cPanel backups separately, giving you the choice of backup cadence (daily, weekly, monthly and manually) and location. Preserving your clients business-critical files, data and site content is of the utmost importance. Work with your clients on implementing a backup schedule and location that is appropriate for their site(s) and make sure they have the peace of mind that their data and site material are safe.
Managed VPS hosting obviously varies from one hosting provider to another, but if you do not possess a vast amount of technical knowledge and ability, this “hands off” approach is definitely your most feasible option.  If you have little to no experience running or maintaining a server, managed cloud VPS hosting can be very beneficial to you because the web host typically takes care of the software and system updates that you request, and in some cases, even does them automatically for you as they are needed.

Traffic between Azure resources in a single region, or in multiple regions, stays in the Azure network—intra-Azure traffic doesn’t flow over the Internet. In Azure, traffic for virtual machine-to-virtual machine, storage, and SQL communication only traverses the Azure network, regardless of the source and destination Azure region. Inter-region virtual network-to-virtual network traffic also flows entirely across the Azure network.
Managed VPS plans offer a managed environment similar to our shared hosting accounts, but with increased resource availability. If you are outgrowing a shared hosting environment, but are not ready yet to make the leap to a dedicated server, you should consider a managed VPS. This plan is also a good option if you need certain customizations that are not provided with shared hosting plans, but you would still like A2 Hosting to handle configuration changes, software upgrades, and other system administration tasks.
If you are not comfortable in doing so , I would like to welcome you to my shared hosting platform , FlexiCloud . There you can have hosting account for just 40 INR per month ( It means that for the amount you are spending for 5 months of hosting in Digital Ocean or Linode , you can host a website for 3 years! Ofcource with some limitations. ) , and you will get a fully functional cPanel , 24x7 support and a lot more.
But if you require a lot of computing power and maximum control VPS hosting is only second to a dedicated server. Intensive websites, web apps, online game servers, databases and other kinds of complex projects are perfect for a VPS hosting service. VPS hosting provides more control than any other service, as you can install your preferred OS and take advantage of root access.
Change is a good thing. Unfortunately, when you are making big changes to your site or application, there is always room for error. Live-state snapshots takes the idea of a "backup" and brings it forward to its next logical step. Taking a snapshot of your partition not only creates a backup of your files, but also all of the processes running in the background at that instant in time. This way, if you make an error or break something while making updates, you can revert your partition to that exact snapshot, providing a working, fail-safe rollback.
If you want a larger selection of software options that you'll be able to install on your VPS with a single click, we recommend our Softaculous Premium solution. You'll be able to 1-click setup the web's most popular software solutions including WordPress. Choose from a number of other solutions as well including Joomla, Drupal, Ghost and so many more.

Most people are clueless about the virtual servers hosting and how they actually work on the shared environment. It is a known fact that thousand and more number of users tend to use a server at a time. In such circumstances, each user is allocated with a designated amount of disk space, bandwidth, CPU allocation, memory and Operating System, which can be used on the server. All the Virtual Private Server users share the same CPU and RAM and think that, they have dedicated set of hardware. Virtual Server software is loaded onto the physical system and from then, a virtual server is ready to be used.


Amazon VPC provides advanced security features, such as security groups and network access control lists, to enable inbound and outbound filtering at the instance level and subnet level. In addition, you can store data in Amazon S3 and restrict access so that it’s only accessible from instances in your VPC. Optionally, you can also choose to launch Dedicated Instances which run on hardware dedicated to a single customer for additional isolation.
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