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VPS installation on SSD storage is much faster than HDD, where managed platforms offer a pre-installed partition available instantly after sign-up for a new hosting account and some "bare metal" partitions take longer to create. Unmanaged plans usually require the customer to install the operating system and web server stack software on a VPS plan personally. Cloud VPS plans offer snapshot services like Bitnami that can speed up web server installation and CMS application deployment considerably. Beginners will prefer managed VPS plans with CentOS and cPanel for a near identical user experience for multi-domain management as on shared Linux hosting plans.

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In the grand scheme of web hosting options, VPS hosting is the next level up from a standard shared plan. A VPS hosting plan offers greater flexibility and more resources than a shared plan. These plans aren’t as robust as having your own dedicated server. But, they offer a nice mid-level option for growing sites. With VPS hosting, your site is still stored on the same server as others. However, the key difference is that you’re no longer sharing resources with other webmasters.
You’re paying more, so there SHOULD be a minimum uptime guarantee and better server speed. Look for a host that offers 99.5% at a very minimum, although ideally, I’d rather go with someone who offers 99.9%. Search through some reviews as there are many who have put this to the test. For example, any of WHSR’s many web host reviews include an uptime record as one of our key tests.



Similarly, in a real dedicated server, you will pay for the entire server that is not shared with anyone else. You will get complete control over all services. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive hosting option and needs some technical expertise to manage. It is commonly used by those who have websites with specific scenarios, most commonly extremely high traffic and tight security requirements.
You will need to change the Domain Name System (DNS) settings to point to each new site that is added to your VPS - this is how the human-readable website addresses and email addresses get translated into machine-readable IP addresses. Each DNS change can take 24 hours or more to propagate around the worldwide DNS network. If you're impatient you can access the site in "preview" mode at Virtualmin > Services > Preview Website or you can access the site directly by IP address (by entering an address like https://192.0.2.0 in your web browser) or you can modify the "hosts" file on your computer (on Windows this is usually located at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts, on a Mac it's at /etc/hosts and you need to be an administrator in both cases).
Managing servers is time-consuming and technically demanding. It can be expensive to staff an entire team dedicated to maintaining hardware updates, monitoring security, and generally keeping things online. With this in mind, some of the leading hosts offer IT expertise to manage the infrastructure for you. It’ll cost a bit more but, more than likely, managed support will also save you a priceless number of headaches. InMotion Hosting’s service is top-of-the-line when it comes to managed VPS hosting.
The most obvious and popular reason for a VPS is to run a single website, or multiple websites. However, you can use them for pretty much anything that requires access to the internet – such as a web application like Nextcloud to run your own Dropbox alternative – or to create your own virtual private network to better secure the internet connection of your PCs and mobile devices.
For security reasons, the first thing you should do after starting the server for the first time is login at the console using the administrator username and password (as configured above or given to you by the hosting company) and install the latest operating system patches. On Ubuntu and other Debian-based systems you can do this with the following commands:
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However, the automatically-generated certificate is "self-signed" which means users will get browser warning that the connection can't be trusted (because there might be a man-in-the-middle intercepting the encrypted traffic). The solution is to install a free LetsEncrypt certificate by going to Virtualmin > Server Configuration > SSL Certificate > Let's Encrypt > Request Certificate. If you've done everything correctly your web site will now load with no warnings.
A virtual private server (VPS) is ideal for those seeking scalable, reliable hosting resources at a reasonable monthly price. Recently, our team signed up for, tested, and reviewed every major VPS hosting service to find the best combination of uptime, pricing, support, and scalability of all the available VPS hosts. Below are our top recommendations for the best VPS hosting providers:
Note that I have included tests from some reputable DNS blacklists - these can make a big difference to server load. Barracuda requires you to register your IP address. Note also that I have enabled memcached to avoid a problem with "unable to get exclusive lock" errors in the mail log. Memcache is also useful for caching plugins like W3 Total Cache in WordPress. You can install it with a simple APT command:


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The most obvious and popular reason for a VPS is to run a single website, or multiple websites. However, you can use them for pretty much anything that requires access to the internet – such as a web application like Nextcloud to run your own Dropbox alternative – or to create your own virtual private network to better secure the internet connection of your PCs and mobile devices.
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