A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a natural next step up for many websites which have out-grown a Shared Hosting solution. As we’ve recently helped a number of clients make the transition up to a VPS we thought we’d share some of the pros and cons to weigh up when considering such a move for your own website.
When a website is starting out Shared Hosting makes a lot of sense. It’s cheap, easy to setup and maintain and really pretty fully-featured. For a lot of small businesses a good Shared Hosting package from a reliable host can serve them well indefinitely. But as a site grows in popularity and/or complexity you might start to bump up against some of the limits of a typical Shared Hosting either in terms of bandwidth allowances, web space or the applications you can install and run. There aren’t any hard and fast rules but if you site attracts more then a couple of thousand visitors a month then the VPS option is probably worth exploring.