So, you have decided to rent an Virtual Private Server (VPS)? That is smart idea since VPSs are cheaper than dedicated servers and for most hosting users they will be very adequate. But, you here you might find some tips how to choose your future VPS hosting provider.
First, it is good idea to choose hosting provider which has some experience, which exists for some time and has some nice reviews. You can find reviews of particular hosting company by searching for “company name review” at search engines (with or without quotes). If you don't find any review, it smells that company is fresh. With new (start-up, fresh) companies there are some possible disadvantages and some possible advantages (less probably). There is greater probability that start-up hosting company won't exist after 6 months. You probably don't want to spend much time setting your VPS and 6 months later to stay without it. You probably want stable company which can keep your service for years if not decades. So, it might seem as a good idea is to choose older company which has some reputation (good reviews). Young company might experience some problems in beginning – with their default server setups, unexpected network unavailability or similar. At the other way, sometimes young start-up company might be quite good, since they might fight hard to get new customers. Good way to get customers is to be good to existing customers so they recommend your service further.
Also, depending of your needs, your background in computers and your budget, you should define do you need managed or unmanaged server. With unmanaged server, setup of the system is on your own. Your hosting company's support will help you resolve some smaller issues, but don't expect much. They will help you resolve issues which depends on their default server setup. With managed server, you can say to your hosting company – please setup application you need to the VPS and they will do it. You can ask them to do maintenance, to do backups etc.
If you are not profound in Linux and don't want more expensive managed server, you might decide to find Windows VPS, although we strongly recommend Linux platform, since it is cheaper, more able to customize to your needs, with better community support at the Internet, etc.
You should know your needs to be able to choose VPS hosting plan – how much memory you will need, how much computation power, how much hard disk and how much bandwidth. It is good when VPS hosting company provides cheap upgrades if you need more any of those. Stay away from companies which don't publish any of these data clear for their VPS hosting plans.
Quality of support is very important thing. Some companies have support 24x7 and it is very important to be able to get answer from support if your VPS stops working. You don't want unexpected outages. If company has support only during working hours, it might happened that you have to wait till morning until they fix the issues and in the meantime you might loose much money due to unexpected outages. So, better choose VPS company with 24x7 support.
In the end, budget is something which usually determine what you will choose. If you have small budget, you might decide to choose some cheaper hosting company, although they are new (fresh) company without many reviews, they don't provide 24x7 support or they maybe don't have fastest servers.
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