IT IS OFFICIAL – In the interest of our clients we have purchased our own VPS (Virtual Private Server), but what does this mean to you as an SDDS Web Design client?

1. Increase Reliability

Shared hosting is like a stack of dominos. One bad user can make the entire server come crashing down and that was what we recently experienced in the beginning of February with our service provider, Gridhost

Shared web hosting will soon be a thing of the past. With many hosting companies overselling their servers and piling on as many as thousands of customers on to the same web server, the reliability of their services will soon diminish.

When hosting on a shared server, your website’s uptime and performance can be impacted by other websites on the same server. What this means is that if your web server happens to also host a 12-year-old wanna-be programmer that happens to crash the server, your website will suffer from this as well.

It’s important to ask yourself if you are willing to take those kinds of risks with your websites, especially if it is used primarily for business.

2. Gain Total Control of the Server

We have full root access to the server. Why is this important?

With root access, we have complete control over the server environment to tweak it precisely for your needs. If you need a custom software package installed or port opened, we can do so without having to wait for our hosting provider to support it.

Shared web servers are typically optimized for security and performance as best as possible, and this means that there are many popular software packages that are not supported due to their security limitations.

Having our own virtual environment allows us to bypass all of those issues.

3. Instantly Scale Resources

For someone who is starting a new website with hopes of growing it into something much larger, being able to scale your hosting resources without any downtime or technical issues is very important.

When you host with us, your environment is hosted within what is called a container. This container is allocated a certain amount of resources depending on the package you purchased. The great thing about how these containers work is that they can easily and quickly be allocated more or less resources as you need them.

For example:

If you need to upgrade your ram quickly when you are expecting a high surge of visitors, we can simply add more ram to your container with the click of a button. If you were using dedicated hosting, someone would have to physically install the new ram into your server – which would result in downtime and lost traffic.

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