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How to Set up a Virtual Private Server (VPS) that is Cheap

It does not have to cost you a lot of money to have web hosting. For less than a dollar a month you can get shared hosting, but what happens when you need more control over your resources than shared hosting can provide?

What you need to look at is cheap virtual private servers or VPS. A VPS will give you more control over your hosting environment. Defining the server process, the amount of memory, and what things can be uploaded and how much can be uploaded. Another benefit of having a virtual private server is that your environment is isolated. There are no other accounts that share the space or resources with you. If there is another account that takes up a lot of resources in memory it does not affect yours. This also means that is there is another account having problems with a server or is infected by virus, you account or your websites are completely unaffected.

With a virtual private server you can run WordPress. Running WordPress in a shared hosting environment is very much possible but to experience the true power of this platform it is best moved to a virtual private server. Drupal and Joomla also works like this, running on a shared hosting environment but with a virtual private server hosting situations, will give you their full capabilities.

Setting up a virtual private server is very easy to do. And just like with shared hosting you simply need to sign up with a provider. The main difference is that you have to choose the OS that your server will run on, and the control panel. The operating system offered by some providers make it easier for you because it also comes with an installed controlled panel. Cpanel, Plesk, Kloxo, and Direct Admin are the most common control panels.

While you can install your own control panel, if all you want to do is to install a WordPress blog then it may not even be necessary. It is also the same if all your want to do is to host static content such as HTML pages. To host their squeeze pages of sales pages, most internet marketing gurus use virtual private servers.

With a virtual private server you can have complete control over your hosting environment or a scalable solution that can grow along with your website.

So whatever you will do with your virtual private server, if you want it to work smoothly you need to have the appropriate requirements. Your software basic requirements should be marked so that it will function properly.