What is the best free VPS?

Saturday, October 24, 2020

It can be tough keeping the cost of a website down. There are a lot of factors that go into running a successful and fully functioning website. Not all of these costs are always understood before the website is live. Some only come into light further down the line as a website grows and has different requirements. One of these scaling issues can be the type of hosting a website is run on. This article will discuss VPS hosting, when it should be looked at by website owners, and if free VPS hosting is a viable option.

But before we begin, let’s explain a little bit more about hosting and VPS hosting.

What is hosting?

For a website to be live on the internet, it has to have website hosting. Without hosting, a website is not accessible to anyone apart from the developer, or a person with access to the source files. Buying a web hosting package means that your website can be stored on a server. A server is essentially a very powerful computer that is connected to the internet and stores a number of websites within it.

When a user wants to view a website, they enter the URL into the search bar of their web browser and click on the link. This causes their computer to send a message to the server that the website is stored on and ask for all the information needed to successfully load the website. The server responds by sending this information over. Without a hosting package and access to a server this process isn’t available to website owners, meaning their site isn’t accessible.

There are different types of hosting available to choose from. The best option depends on pricing and the resources your website will need.

What is VPS hosting?

VPS hosting is often thought of as the middle tier of hosting, sandwiched between Shared Hosting and a Dedicated Server. Most new websites and small businesses begin with shared hosting, this means that their website is stored on a server with a lot of other websites and they all share the server’s resources. If another website on the server has a particularly high demand, it will drain resources away from your website. This can have a negative impact on performance. But for websites with low demand and traffic, shared hosting is the cheapest and easiest option to go with.

Dedicated server hosting means that you have an entire server devoted to your website. All the resources and compute are solely for the use of your website. This is also the most expensive option to choose and can also require more technical knowledge to get the best out of the service.

VPS hosting is the middle ground between shared hosting and dedicated servers. A server is virtually divided into smaller compartments that have their own resources. Your website has access to these resources and no other website can use them.

What is the best free VPS?

Especially when starting the journey of owning and running a website, people look to keep costs down in places that easily create a false economy. What we mean here is that reducing these initial costs can actually cost you a lot more further down the line.

As with so many things in life, free usually comes with some form of catch. This can take different forms, but the catch usually will either be performance related or being caught in a sales funnel. So while it can be extremely tempting to look into free VPS hosting, you should be very wary of the deals available and research them thoroughly.

A lot of the time, because you are not paying for anything, if you are looking for support or customer service, you might not find any. Further to this it’s not uncommon for websites offering free hosting to have poor security. Poor security means that both your own and your customer’s private information is at risk. For some businesses, this data is so high value that losing it can result in serious repercussions. For others it can display a lack of credibility that puts consumers off.

If you are completely certain that you have to use a free VPS, make sure that you know exactly what you are getting yourself in for. While there may be a good deal out there for you, it is advisable to try to reduce costs elsewhere than with your web hosting.