Article by Mike Medrek, owner / operator
First off, you’ll just need to know a couple of terms:
- A server is basically a high performing computer with lots of storage space that’s always online.
- A hosting account is your personal account on a server. It’s where all of the files that make up your website are stored and kept online for anyone to view 24/7.
We had a large chunk of server space with a top hosting company, which allowed us to manage and monitor all of our clients’ hosting accounts while the hosting company took care of the nitty gritty server maintenance. This was an effective way to keep a close eye on our websites and make sure they were all running smoothly.
The downside was that this server space was on a “shared server”, which means that it also stored thousands of other websites, and more were being added all the time. Eventually, I noticed that the server started to slow at peak traffic hours of the day, affecting all of the websites on the server. Not only that, but it also required occasional software restarts due to the activity of these other sites. These restarts caused brief downtime for our websites.
In this industry you have to stay ahead, or be left behind. So I signed Aurora Technologies up for a much better hosting plan called VPS Hosting. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. This means that we have our own dedicated server space that includes luxurious levels of bandwidth to run our sites much faster. There are two major benefits here:
- There are no other websites in our server space, so our clients’ sites will not slow at peak traffic hours of the day. This also means that there will be no software restarts due to the activity of other websites. This equates to faster website speeds, and more uptime.
- Our websites will run much faster in general. We have about 5 – 8 times more bandwidth, except now we have it all to ourselves. This not only makes the public facing front-end run faster, but it also makes it much faster to work in the back-end as well.
The Best Parts
You can decide what the best part is: The increased speed, more reliable uptime, or the fact that it’s free.
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