Virtual Private Server (VPS)

Updated April 30, 2013

Your own virtual web environment

Virtual private server (VPS) web hosting is a step toward dedicated web hosting in that you have your own web server, albeit a virtual one. The web host partitions a physical web server into multiple virtual servers, so that you have your own dedicated resources on which to run your website, but at a lower cost than leasing your own server. This gives you control over your web server, allowing you to establish your own security controls and to even run a different operating system.

VPS hosting means you don't have to worry about neighboring websites affecting your service or the resources available to you. If you don't have the IT resources in-house or the knowledge to run your virtual server yourself, the staff at recommend that you look for VPS hosting packages managed by the web hosting company. They provide the technical expertise to keep your websites up and running. VPS hosting is less expensive than dedicated hosting, but dedicated hosts offer more security features.