If you're searching for information about VPS Windows hosting, or you're looking to purchase a Windows VPS plan, you've come to the right place. There are so many options available to the prospective web hosting consumer, it can be overwhelming. There are choices in server configuration, choices in operating system (OS), and choices in the features for specific plans. Although all these options can lead to confusion, but they also afford the ability to dial in your plan so you're getting the speed, storage capacity, and bandwidth you need. This way, you'll pay for exactly what you need no more and no less. Among the most popular options is VPS Windows hosting, for reasons we will explore below.
For the uninitiated, VPS stands for virtual private server, and refers to a specific configuration of the server that will host your website. To create a virtual private server, a physical web server sitting in a rack somewhere is split up through a process known as virtualization. This splits up the server's resources into many virtual servers, which then behave as functionally independent machines. These virtual servers can have individual operating systems and software suites, and can generally be treated by the user as if they were a separate physical server dedicated to that single user. This has numerous advantages, and when combined with the Windows Server operating system, comprises a very popular choice among webmasters all over the world.
Before we discuss Windows VPS in particular, let's understand the advantages of VPS hosting in general. The best way to do so is to compare it to the alternatives. The three broad categories of web hosting plans are shared, VPS and dedicated. A shared plan is similar to VPS in that many plans are hosted on a single physical server. In a true shared hosting plan, however, there is only one OS and one instance of the software applications, all of which must be shared by all webmasters on that server. In addition, shared hosting means that no administrative privileges are granted to the webmasters, since any changes to the server configuration would affect all the plans on that server. These plans are cheap, but wrought with limitation. On the other side of the spectrum is dedicated hosting, which as you might have guessed, refers to an entire physical server dedicated to a single hosting plan. Obviously this results in greater flexibility and control, not to mention speed, but these plans are prohibitively expensive for most consumers.
VPS as described above is the compromise between these two ends of the spectrum. The cost is extremely competitive, as with shared plans, but users have the option of tweaking their server setup as if it were theirs alone. VPS Windows hosting plans are thus quite popular since they combine the Windows OS everyone knows and loves with the features and price of a virtual private server. Of course, VPS plans are available with other operating systems, (Linux being another popular choice) but lots of webmasters prefer Windows simply because they are more familiar with it. If you have no intentions of messing around with the software or security settings on your server, a VPS Windows hosting plan is an easy way to get a site up and running quickly.
We've covered the advantages of VPS hosting and discussed why Windows is a popular choice of operating system for web servers. Combine them and the result is a reliable, flexible, and affordable hosting solution. The cost of these plans is low enough not to be an issue for most would-be webmasters, making a traditional shared plan inconsequential. In addition, unless you're running a huge, complicated money making site like Amazon or EBay, you simply don't need a dedicated server. So check out our available VPS Windows hosting plans, we're sure there's one with your name on it.