Compromise—it’s one of the most important words in the business world. Your startup may be growing, but you’re still in no position to move into a larger office, so you might compromise by knocking down a wall or two and maximizing your space. You could also ask Tyler to haul his air-hockey table back home; your call.
A VPS (virtual private server) is a web hosting compromise: it’s faster, more functional, and more easily scalable to handle increased traffic than a shared server—but it’s also more expensive. Still, a VPS typically costs half as much as a dedicated server, the gold standard for big-biz sites. If your small business is at the in-between junction of traffic versus income, a VPS could be a painless, simple solution.
The “virtual” in VPS means that your account is assigned an isolated partition within a dedicated server, with a set amount of resources made exclusively available to you. VPS allows more user control than a shared server, as well as better security and no impaired site performance from bandwidth-sucking server neighbors. It’s as close to dedicated-server performance as you can get without canceling Pizza Friday.
Business.org reviewed 12 VPS hosting providers to determine the best value for a small enterprise.