VPS hosting can support high-traffic websites, ecommerce stores, websites with specific hosting requirements, and sites with variable traffic. New website owners won’t have much need for this style of hosting, but if your site is growing the right way, then this might be your future.
With VPS hosting, you have a single physical server that’s split into multiple virtual dedicated servers. Think of it like an apartment building. You share the same physical structure with other tenants, but each apartment is completely isolated from all the others—just as your VPS server is completely isolated from other servers.
This setup gives you access to higher levels of server memory, storage, and CPU, all in a completely isolated server environment. That means you have a hosting plan ready to deliver incredibly fast loading speeds, high levels of security, and the freedom to customize your server as you see fit.
But here’s where things get tricky. The VPS plans at GoDaddy are built for greater levels of server customization and control, so they’re more technical in nature—and nowhere near as simple as managing a basic shared server. So before you sign up for VPS hosting, decide whether you want a self-managed, managed, or a fully managed server.
With a self-managed server, you basically have to be your own IT department. You’ll be responsible for managing your server, pushing out updates, setting up firewalls, migrating sites, troubleshooting issues, and every task related to keeping a server operational and your site online.
The managed server environment will handle server monitoring, give you an easy-to-use control panel, and automatically push out software and app updates. Plus, you have the option to add on expert support and utilize assisted migrations.
With the final fully managed option, GoDaddy’s team will handle every task required to keep your server running at peak efficiency. You won’t have to complete any technical tasks to keep your website and server online.
If you’re a small business owner who doesn’t like the thought of managing your server, then go for the fully managed option during sign-up. This gives you the storage and speed of a VPS server without any of the associated technical tasks.