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Every plan has some appealing configuration options. In particular, along with support for the usual Linux variants – CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian – you can choose Windows Server 2008, 2012 or 2016 for only a $5 a month premium. That's very good value, and if you're more familiar with Windows than Linux, it could save you from lots of management hassles later on.

You can check your hostname under Webmin > Networking > Network Configuration > Hostname and DNS Client. Unfortunately, some hosting companies overwrite this information every time a VPS is rebooted - you may need to contact them to get it changed. Choose a fully-qualified subdomain that you own, such as "webserver.mydomain.com" or "mail.mydomain.com". Do NOT accept a generic name provided by the hosting company if you will be sending email from the server because spam filters will block it and you can't easily generate SSL certificates for it.

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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Unlike VPS, a dedicated server lets you choose the equipment, including the RAM, hard drive, and processor used in the server. As 100 percent of the server’s resources are allocated to your site, it costs more than VPS hosting. However, dedicated server hosting is the best hosting option for you if you don’t want to share resources with other websites by any means.
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.
The "slashdot" effect is the main problem which will lead to VPS hosted website crashes more than any other. For example, if a VPS plan has an allocation of 2 GB of RAM and 2 CPU cores with a maximum support for around 200 simultaneous users of a complex Drupal or WordPress site, a popular social media link may temporarily increase traffic to a website 10x or 100x. In these cases, the VPS will crash... unless the overflow can be managed by burstable RAM or elastic cloud scalability. In elastic frameworks, the network monitoring software simply launches a new VPS instance with a cloned & synchronized version of the website files that can manage the additional user demand. When the traffic spikes decrease, elastic server networks can automatically scale down VPS instances to conserve resource utilization in production.
It’s very easy to recommend a company like Liquid Web — quality is of the highest standards, and you have plenty of room to grow. Throw that outstanding support in the bundle, together with the practically limitless customization options, and you get an irresistible VPS platform. Price is the only obvious dent to this otherwise superb hosting deal, so if you are on a tight budget, you might want to consider another option.
VPS hosting is a very scalable solution by its very nature. Virtual machines don’t depend on their physical server; as we have said, they don’t even recognize it exists. If a VPS needs to be upgraded or downgraded, all a hosting provider needs to do is to adjust the limits for this VPS in a hypervisor. After reboot a guest OS will work like nothing happened, using new hardware quotas. This comes in handy if you are not able to estimate the technical specifications you need before you run some tests. Also, if you have a seasonal business (e.g. you sell beach equipment), you can choose to have a more powerful server during your peak demand season and a cheaper one for the rest of the year.
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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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