Since virtual private servers provide more resources for your website (e.g. CPU, RAM, etc.) than shared hosting, you’ll find that your website feels more responsive. Plus, with full control over the virtual server, you can install and remove software at will according to your needs rather than being stuck with what the host offers..

Configuration of your server plays an important role in the speed and performance of your website. What capacity processor you will get, how much RAM you will be allocated and how big your share in the disk size will be, all matters. Apart from this, you should also find out about the quality of the physical machine your VPS is created on. It should be of reputed brand and high capacity; if the foundation is weak, you can’t expect a strong construction.

  • Server RAM & Storage – How much RAM and disk space are offered and included? In my opinion, you’ll need – at a bare minimum – 1 GB RAM and 20 GB storage. Of course, your exact needs will vary based on your website traffic, space requirements, etc.
  • Data Transfer – Are there any restrictions on data transfers? If so, what are your options if you exceed those limits? Most VPS hosts will impose some limitations – make sure you know what they are and what happens should you need to exceed them.
  • Distributions – What are your choices in VPS operating system? Does your site need to run on a specific Linux distribution (or depends on the latest version of the distribution)? It’s important that your VPS provider supplies the right distribution and update the OS regularly.
  • Backup – What type of backup protocols are in place? How is your data and site architecture protected?
  • IP address – How many IP addresses are included with your service? If there is a limit, what is the cost for additional addresses?
  • CPU core – Web servers tend to use very little CPU power – unless you are running a game server. But still, you might want to find out how many core you were given in your VPS account.