There are a lot of properties to check if you are looking for a VPS. Take your time to check your options. Make good decisions during the process, because you can loose a lot of time if you need to transfer to another provider.
1, Operating system
The foundation of your server. Windows or Linux? Not all providers allow Windows. There are a lot of more options below just Windows and Linux. It is very important, that you can use the one that you are most familiar with.
2, Managed or unmanaged
If using a Shared Hosting, you don’t need to manage your server, but if you upgrade to VPS the whole server can be in your hands. You need to monitor server performance because you need to keep the server running.
If the server crashes it will be you who will rush to fix it. On the upper hand you are the only administrator of the server, therefore you can set up things the way you want and the security is better.
There are options when you can pay a bit more to get a managed VPS or you can take on the task and start with unmanaged hosting. Better price, more options for you, custom configuration, but more tasks for you as well.
3, Redundancy and Scalability
Lot of things can go wrong with a server, so you need to try your best to maintain a good service. The power supply can fail, but you can install a backup, generators or UPS systems to prevent any failure. If the ISP is interrupted an alternative option should be available.
If the server is overloaded or attacked there should be a redundant one to take the task from the faulty one, or a backup available if everything goes wrong.
Scalability comes in when the load or traffic on the server is spiking, so you need to use the redundant system’s resources or you need to change your hosting plan accordingly.
Make good choices to achieve excellent performance and uptime.
4, Price and payment options
Price will play a big part in making your decision because there is a lot of plans to choose from, with even more options. Costs depend on a lot of factors, such as service levels, hardware specifications and customization options.
It is hard to decide at a quick glance on prices, because there are usually some features that providers offer next to simple hosting. Check carefully what is included in the prices, and what needs extra spending, if you are looking for a more complex solution.
Find the best payment method that you are most comfortable with.
5, Specifications and configuration options
If you are able to configure your server correctly, it allows you to have excellent performance. It’s very important to choose the hardware specifications correctly, if you want your system to run smoothly. On the other hand you don’t want to pay more for something you will not use. This will be the foundation of your server, choose wisely.
-RAM and storage: How much RAM and disk space are included? These will depend on your traffic and space requirements.
-Data transfer: Is your data transfer limited or unlimited? How much will you use? What happens if you exceed your limit?
-Operating System options: Windows or Linux? You will need the right distribution and updates for your OS regularly.
– IP address: How many IP addresses are included? Is there a way to upgrade and how much is the cost?
-Backup: What type of backup protocols are in place? How is your data and site architecture protected?
-CPU core: Web servers tend to use little CPU power, but it’s very painful if you don’t have enough.
6, Trial period
Some providers offer free trial periods (with money-back guarantee), so look for options and try them out. Check the duration and conditions of these periods and test whether the servers are sufficient for your needs.
Check uptime, responses, try out the monitoring systems, so you can confirm that you will get out of it what you need . Of course usually free services will not have the same qualities as a paid service, therefore don’t judge too quickly.
7, Conventional or Cloud based
The conventional VPS is a smaller virtual server within a bigger hardware. The host machine is virtually sliced into smaller entities and rented out to the customers. If your site grows, you can upgrade your system, by renting a bigger chunk of the host hardware.
But there is a point where you will hit the limitations of the host hardware, where you basically won’t be able to insert more and bigger RAM modules into the server.
The cloud based VPS runs on clustered servers. Just like the conventional VPS, your Cloud based server will also draw resources of a single machine, but actually the host is a cluster of multiple servers. Therefore Cloud based VPS will have no physical limitations, since you can always add one more to the cluster. At some of the providers you can do this on-the-fly without any downtime.
Probably this is the most crucial thing if you choose a hosting company. You simply can not underthink this. You can have the perfect setup, but problems will arise from time to time, so the ability to solve these as quickly as possible can makes all the difference.
If they can not provide 24/7 customer support you will suffer it the most. Feel free to ask around with everyone’s experience, since you can’t see this in advance. Having a good support makes your life much easier and much less painful to recover your service.