Two "standards" of shared server hosting - VDS and VPS. What to choose?
VDS is a physical server that runs completely on your site. That is, all the resources of this, of course, a powerful computer is used only in the interests of the client. Control of shared server hosting is in your hands. Whether it's a replacement software, enable, disable, restart or change settings. More specifically, the VDS rental - is to obtain a temporary personal machine, which can be used at your discretion.
Shared server hosting of VPS (virtual private server) is different from the prior technology by the fact that here you will not be the sole owner (tenant) of the physical server.
VPS rental - getting "parts" or the main server. Differences in functionality from VDS server are almost absent. You simply "share" the resources of the main machine with other users. And, most likely, with well-functioning work, you will not even be able to understand on what exactly the server you "are" located. Advantages of this service - guaranteed amount of memory allocated to your site, the possibility of self-change settings and install the software.
VPS shared server hosting does not involve host the sites with a large attendance. Not always will present an opportunity to self-install the software, there is no guaranteed amount of resources. But cheap tariff plans, to some extent compensate for this. "Connect" VPS web hosting it is advisable if you are, for example, only "try" to work with the sites, or check out a project, or not sure in it’s the further need.
The result - shared server hosting is very attractive for the price, but has a number of limitations. In particular, in terms of RAM and resources.
Overview of operating systems for shared server hosting.
Now that you know about all the benefits of a virtual server, it is necessary to choose only one of the operating systems. Naturally the one that suits best your needs and requirements.
1. VDS CentOS - Community Enterprise is the operating system and full sounds like Community ENTerprise Operating System. The basis for it is the Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code. The system is updated frequently, but it is known for its reliability. It is convenient to work with shared server hosting that has small amount of resources.
2. VDS Debian - is popular in some circles, as is based on a Linux system. Is one of the "oldest" because "was born" in 1993. And, accordingly, one of the most reliable and secured. If these qualities are for you the main and, in addition, you are good with the command line, then the choice is unambiguous.
3. VDS Ubuntu - a version of Debian, but retaining all the advantages of a source code, attracts many users of its "humanity" (translation of the word Ubuntu). Ideal for remote support desktops. All the benefits of Linux and ease of management attracted a growing number of web developers.
4. FreeBSD VDS is quite specific, but also has its fans. Designed based on Unix. Requires a good knowledge of the subject, it is difficult to install.
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