Why do we need to upgrade our web hosting to virtual private server (VPS)? The answer is simple, if your website is running slow, website traffic increases, you need custom applications for your website, website down due to other tenants in the server or even security concerns raised from your website. 

These are the common five reasons why people are upgrading their web hosting to a vps. Let us look at all the indications in detail.

5 indication you need to upgrade to vps

Website running slow

According to Google, website loading with less than 3 seconds would be considered slow. Imagine you are driving in slow traffic, does it excites you? No right, same goes to your website. 

The more content you add to your website, the slower it will load. Also taking into account all the plugins and widget that you will use for your website to enhance user experience, but on the flipside it will slow down your website.

Try to optimize your website to load as fast as it can. Find out if there is anything taking up your website resources that causes your website loading slow. Since we are optimising our website loading speed for Google, what are the better tools than using Google PageSpeed insight tools itself to perform the check.

Another way to increase your website loading speed is to upgrade to VPS instead of continuing with your current web hosting. Upgrading to VPS will give you better server resources for your website to have more capacity to operate.

Website traffic increased 

As your business grows, so does the traffic to your website.

Having a high surge in traffic to your shared hosting website might cause your website to go down, not available or loading slow. Especially businesses that do seasonal promotion, during promotion period website tends to get more traffic, this sudden website traffic spike usually is not able to be handled by a normal shared hosting environment.

Each VPS gets a set amount of resources, so you won’t run into bottlenecks due to traffic spikes on your website. Bear in mind that traffic spike in other shared hosting neighbors will cause the same problem to your website too.

Need for custom application

Having a template to build a website is fast and easy but that may not be the case for most of the business who need customisation on their web application or eCommerce.

Share hosting has the limitation for you to create your own custom application or even install any of your applications. That is where you need a VPS.

A VPS lets you test and try out different scenarios/staging environments so you know what works best for your application.

Also, VPS allows you to create a sandbox. A sandbox is a virtual environment that many companies use to build, test, and deploy software before going to production. Need to identify bugs? Fix them? Test patches? Then create a sandbox on VPS, test and/or simulate whatever is needed. And once you’re done, you can easily go back to default.

Security concern

In VPS, a website is hosted in its own “virtual” space, you don’t have to concern yourself with what your neighbors are doing, compared to a shared hosting environment.

A VPS is far more secure because it provides you root access, which gives you the ability to implement advanced security measures in your server environment. Your neighbors don’t have any access to your resources or files that are kept behind a secure partition. 

VPS Hosting and Dedicated Server Hosting also often come with a dedicated IP address, making it far less likely that your website is confused for another while offering benefits for security on e-commerce payments. 

Small business owners or organizations can benefit greatly from this type of secure accessibility.

Website regularly down

Website downtime is costly to your business, especially during a promotion period.

With a VPS, you have defined memory and bandwidth allocations all within your virtual environment. If your website grows in popularity, your visitors won’t get frustrated over a website not being available due to traffic spikes as mentioned above. Because your VPS is able to handle all the incoming traffic with its allocated server resources, keeping your business operating as usual. 

Besides traffic, security issues are another common reason that will cause your website to go down. If you are on VPS, you have more control over shared hosting, you can choose to install or update your own software, make backups, customise your application, setup security features to avoid malware attacks and so on.

Remember, it’s your private server, so you can run whatever application you choose, whenever you like.

Conclusion

These are the signs that your website is telling you that there is a problem waiting to be fixed. 

If your online business is experiencing both highs and lows, and you need the option to respond quickly while adding power to match the demand, a VPS is the perfect choice for you.

Do you rather lose a customer due to a bad experience on your website? Or you rather spend a little investment and upgrade to VPS to better serve your growing website?

The choice is yours.

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