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A Simple Intro to How to Set Up a VPS

Web hosting doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. You can get shared hosting for dirt cheap as in less than a dollar a month, but what happens when you need more control over your resources than shared hosting hosting can provide?

What you would want to look at is a cheap virtual private server or VPS. With a VPS you have complete control over your hosting environment. You can define the server process, the amount of memory and even what can be uploaded and how much can be uploaded. Another benefit to having a virtual private server is that your environment is isolated. What this means is that you do not sure the space or the resource is with other accounts. If there’s another account that takes up a lot of resources in memory it does not affect yours. By the same token somebody else has a server that has problems or is infected with a virus it would not affect your account or your websites.

A virtual private server is the optimum environment for WordPress.

Often times, WordPress is run in a shared hosting environment, the true power of this platform is realized when it is moved to a virtual private server. The same can be said of Drupal and Joomla — although they can be running a shared hosting environment, you can get the full capabilities of a virtual private server hosting situation.

Setting up a virtual private server is very easy to do. For the most part you sign up with a provider the same way you would with shared hosting, but the main difference is that you have to choose the OS that your server will run on, and the control panel. To make things easier many providers offer an operating system with a control panel already installed. The most common are Cpanel, Plesk, Kloxo and Direct Admin.

While you can install your own control panel, it may not even be necessary if all you want to do is install a WordPress blog. Same can be said if all you want to do is host static content such as HTML pages. The internet marketing gurus use virtual private servers to host there squeeze pages, or single page sales pages.

In essence, having a cheap VPS is the best way to go if you need complete control over your hosting environment, or a scalable solution that can grow along with your website.

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