Introduction to VPS hosting

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Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a virtual machine that resides on a server with other virtual machines. With a VPS, you have your own operating system installation. As a result, you have much greater control over system configuration. You can install programs and applications that are unsupported or not allowed on shared hosting accounts.


Managed VPS #

Managed VPS plans offer a managed environment similar to our shared hosting accounts, but with increased resource availability. If you are outgrowing a shared hosting environment, but are not ready yet to make the leap to a dedicated server, you should consider a managed VPS. This plan is also a good option if you need certain customizations that are not provided with shared hosting plans, but you would still like Heaven Hoster to handle configuration changes, software upgrades, and other system administration tasks.

By default, all managed VPS plans include cPanel and reseller WHM access. Plans are available that include root access for WHM and at the command line.

Unmanaged VPS #

Unlike managed VPS plans, unmanaged VPS plans are not actively managed by Heaven Hoster. Unmanaged VPS plans are for more advanced users who are comfortable using the command-line interface and doing system administration tasks. These plans include root account access so you can customize the server as much as necessary. As a result, you are responsible for the following items:

  • Application installation and configuration.
  • Upgrades.
  • Security patches.
  • Reboots.
  • Backups.
  • Custom partitioning.
  • Fixing broken user accounts and resetting passwords.

Although these plans are called “unmanaged,” Heaven Hoster does provide the following services:

  • Infrastructure management, including network, power, security, hardware, and virtual machine hosts.
  • Initial provisioning of VPS accounts (using our default templates).
  • Re-provisioning the VPS with a different operating system.
  • Complete reset of the VPS back to its original settings (this erases all data).
  • Provisioning additional IP addresses.
  • Reverse DNS management and delegation.

Unmanaged VPS plans do not include cPanel.  You can also use Webuzo to install many common applications (such as WordPress) quickly and easily.