A VPS or virtual private server is one of the latest innovations available in the website hosting industry. It utilizes the hardware of just one physical server to simultaneously host multiple sites. The sections in one server are divided independently, meaning the issues or technical problems of the sites are isolated from each other. This means your website will be up and running even if other websites hosted by the servers are down. Cheap VPS is an even more affordable variant of the VPS. It works using the same principle, but it comes with a small (but still serviceable) set of resources in terms of RAM, hard disk space, and bandwidth allocation.
To understand the mechanics of using a virtual private server, you would have to be knowledgeable on the two other types of servers used for website hosting. First is the dedicated server. A dedicated server provides space and resources in just one server—you get full control of your own RAM, bandwidth, and hard disk space. Naturally, exclusive use of the server means more power and more resources. However, this could be quite expensive, which is why only big companies get to use dedicated servers.
A shared server also allows multiple websites to be simultaneously hosted via a server. Resources are shared between users, and the allocation could be set by the hosting company or provider. It is not recommended that you use shared servers for sites that are heavy on applications and that have lengthy coding. Because resources are shared, errors may have a spillover effect. That is, technical problems in one site might affect other sites hosted by the server.
Sadly, however, there are several misconceptions regarding cheap VPS. This could be because of its status as the newest player in the website hosting game. It could also be because it combines the features of both dedicated and shared servers, which could lead to some confusion as to what a virtual private server actually is and how it works. Here are some of the most common misconceptions regarding cheap VPS.
The first misconception is that cheap means less power. Consider, however, the target market of cheap VPS. These are usually the newcomers and small businesses—naturally, they will not require as much power and resources as would bigger companies. If compared to dedicated servers, it will seem like a VPS is undesirable in terms of power. Remember, however, that this is not the case if you take into consideration the price of a VPS—so looking at power but not at pricing is an unfair comparison. All things considered, a VPS actually punches above its own weight.
The next of the most common misconceptions is that cheap means only relatively cheap; that is, a cheap VPS is cheap only when you compare it to the pricing of a dedicated server, and that it actually is expensive on its own. It is true that a virtual private server is cheaper—but not only when you compare the price with a dedicated server. It actually is cheap on its own. Some providers offer as low as $10; however, note that price ultimately depends on the specifications of the server you opt to go with. Note also that a virtual private server is still more expensive than a shared server.
Remember that ultimately the goal here is to find a hosting service that gives you high functionality without the high price tag. While comparatively a virtual private server might look weaker than a dedicated server, its resources and power are good enough to meet the demands of most users.