How to Set up a Virtual Private Server (VPS) that is Cheap
Web hosting does not have to be very expensive. You can get shared hosting for a very cheap price like less than a dollar a month but if you need more control over your resources than shared hosting can provide, what should you do?
To solve this, you would want to look at cheap virtual private servers or VPS. A VPS will give you more control over your hosting environment. What you can do is to define the server process, the amount of memory and even what can be uploaded and how much can be uploaded. With a virtual private server your environment is isolated. The space and resources are all yours with no one sharing them with you. This means that even if there is another account that takes up a lot of resources in memory, you account will not be affected. In the same way if another person has a server that has a problem or is infected with a virus it would not affect your account or your websites.
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.
It is very easy to set up a virtual private server. It just takes signing up with a provider just like you would with a shared hosting. what makes it different from shared hosting 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. Most internet marketing gurus use virtual private servers to host their squeeze pages, or single page sales pages.
If you need complete control over your hosting environment, or a scalable solution that can grow along with your website then having a cheap virtual private server is the best way to go.
Whatever you will do with your virtual private server, just keep in mind that it should have appropriate requirements for smooth work of everything. In order to function properly you should mark what your software basic requirements are.