When you are switching from shared hosting to VPS, you have numerous things to think of. Firstly, whether you need a VPS hosting at all. Sometimes there is no need to give up the shared hosting, and sometimes you need to go for an entire dedicated hosting service. But most of the time, VPS hosting helps. It has all the advantages of a dedicated web hosting service at a fraction of the price.
The next series of questions that follow are, whether you want Linux or Windows hosting. Or what the bandwidth, CPU, RAM, and storage you want? Does the host offer 24*7 customer support? What are the means of communication? Are there add on features on the offer? Are you getting the best price you should get?
All these questions can only be answered if you invest the time to research. Every time you look at a VPS hosting service, you need to compare all the features with the services you have already looked at. Make a table with the names on the left and the features in columns if you must. But do not miss out a single important piece of information.
BEWARE OF HIDDEN FIGURES
Sometimes the claims that the VPS host makes are not entirely true. For example, if they offer unlimited bandwidth, they might not actually give you unlimited bandwidth, but only the amount they think will be enough for you to never find out. What if your business goes skyrocketing and their guesses don’t add up? Then you are in trouble. What if the storage you thought would have sufficed, is starting to get full after six months?
You don’t want to risk looking unprofessional by switching your VPS host, your OS, platform, and interface within six months. Also, it is a lot of hassle and waste of money. Therefore you must invest time and attention now and choose the right VPS host in the very first go. If things go wrong anyway, you will need to relocate your website but try everything in your capacity to not let that happen.
WINDOWS VS LINUX
Choosing the OS for your VPs host might seem like an easy job because there are only two options, as opposed to the multiple schemes when it comes to bandwidth, features, RAM, and storage. But this could be the hardest decision to make.
With the other things, deciding is easy. You gauge the numbers associated with your own goal position in the market a year or two from now, and get an expert to give you the corresponding figures. As long as you know where you want to be, you will know which plan you should go for, or which VPS host you should begin with. It is good to think long term in this matter.
But when it comes to choosing between Linux and Windows VPS hosting, you have to make a crucial decision. Linux is cheaper because it is an open source platform. Windows costs more. Linux has stricter security because it is an open source. With Windows you need to install an array of antivirus programs. Windows has the Remote Desktop Access but Linux does not come with anything like that. Most importantly, the Windows interface is so much more convenient and familiar for most, than Linux.
A THOROUGH COMPARISON
Windows Server runs on Microsoft’s OS. There are various versions to choose from. Some of them have access to fewer resources than others. Windows Server is always more expensive than Linux, except for some Linux distributions that are bundled with tech support.
Windows is only easier to use than Linux because most people are used to working on the Windows interface. But Linux is just as comprehensive and user friendly. The important thing here is the Control Panel options you are offered. You go for the OS that has flexible Control Panel options. You can make modifications to it. But Windows and Linux options will vastly vary.
It is true that Linux servers are less exposed to vulnerability. But it all boils down to what you put on the VPS. This is why shared hosting servers do not let you freely put whatever you want on the server. You need to keep the security updated else your website is equally likely to get into trouble irrespective of the OS. Bottom line, you need to actively monitor the security and inspect each element on the server.
Microsoft based products are already more expensive than Linux. Moreover, Windows VPS hosting uses a lot of the system resources itself, raising the cost even more. The same figures in terms of RAM will function differently for Linux and Windows. Linux has most of the storage and memory free for the user while Windows is bulky and eats up a lot of server memory itself. So, if you are going for Windows, you need to start from the minimum to the mid-range plans. You won’t even feel any lack in memory if you go for the high range plans. Control Panel takes up some memory on Linux as well. The quarterly Linux licence renewal is an added cost. So it all boils down to the plan you are looking for. Compare each price point and decide for yourself.