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Virtual Private Server (VPS) Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: Virtual Private Servers (VPS)

What is a Virtual Private Server (VPS)? Why would I want one? How much does a cheap VPS cost? These are all great questions and we have the answers to plenty of common questions below.

Some of us are paying hundreds or thousands of dollars per month on a dedicated server with multiple cores, gigabytes of memory and a huge disk array. Some of us, however, only have a few bucks spare each month to pay for a low end box, and some of us just want to pay as little as possible…

LowEndBox.com is dedicated for running websites and services on low end virtual private servers (VPS), where you only need to pay a few dollars a month to get full root access. Most of them will be CPU, memory, space and bandwidth limited, but can still be a work horse if tuned properly. In the past ten years we have saved our users hundreds of thousands of dollars by connecting shoppers with hosting companies providing Cheap VPS, Cheap Windows VPS, Dedicated Servers, VPN and Web Hosting.

LowEndBox.com is made up of a small team that have a common interest in the community and the low end box field as a whole. Our mission is to help our users find really great hosting solutions, including virtual private servers (VPS), dedicated servers, VPN and web hosting at a great price. If you are searching for cheap VPS and cheap dedicated servers you’ve come to the right place. We’ve also recently created a mailing list, so be sure to join to make sure you’re in the know.

We will be listing virtual server deals for less than $10 per month, shared hosting for $2.50 per month, reseller hosting for $5.00 per month and dedicated server deals equal to or less than $84 per month along with other services and managed products. We also write about getting more out of your servers with helpful tutorialsnews and interviews.

A VPS is a Virtual Private Server. It is a private server which is exclusively yours to use, and can be installed with any operating system of your choice. A VPS service provides you with a carved out amount of resources that are dedicated to you (and not shared with anyone else). A VPS gives you more resources and flexibility compared to shared hosting.

On LowEndBox, the cost of a VPS is anywhere from $1/month to $10/month. The cost of VPS hosting varies, depending on how much resources you’re looking for. Using a resource website like LowEndBox, you can find a great deal from various VPS hosting providers. Because LowEndBox only features VPS deals that are less than $10 per month, you will be sure to find a value packed offer.

LowEndBox is a resource website which has dozens of different tutorials published, designed to help you navigate the use of your VPS server. Just go on our website and click on the Tutorials section on the top.

Just about any! Depending on the underlying virtualization engine, you may or may not be limited in your choices. For example, an OpenVZ based virtual private server may be limited to certain Linux distributions where as a virtual private server running KVM virtualization, VMWare, Xen or Hyper-V may have a winder selection of operating system options including Windows (with a full desktop graphical user interface, just like your home computer may have).

We’ve written articles comparing the benefits of each popular hypervisor which is worth reading if you are just getting started.

To log into a Linux based VPS (i.e. CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora) you would utilize an SSH client such as PuTTY or WinSCP. To access a Windows based VPS, you would use Remote Desktop Connection, making it very simple and similar to your at-home Windows based desktop computer.

Yes, gameservers are commonly hosted on VPS’s because of the great amount of flexibility and root access that VPS servers come with. Common gameservers hosted on VPS include, but are not limited to: Minecraft, Rust, CS:GO, ARK: Survival Evolved, Garry’s Mod, Terraria, Team Fortress 2, and more.

Yes, VPS’s generally include a dedicated IPv4 address. If your provider advertises that they are providing you with a “NAT IP” – then be aware that this is not a dedicated IP. Otherwise, if there is no such indication – your VPS runs on a dedicated IPv4 address. Don’t hesitate to contact your hosting provider for further clarification.

Every project has different needs and takes different demands. You should consider numerous factors when determining how much storage space you might need, such as the operating system, and the type of projects/applications you’ll be hosting on the server. Nowadays, VPS hosting is generally scalable and can be upgraded – so it’s not the end of the world if you run out of storage.

Most VPS providers provide a VPS control panel where you will be able to administrate your server’s state – this is usually powered by either SolusVM, Virtualizor, or a custom control panel solution that your hosting provider utilizes. Within this control panel, you will be able to start, stop, restart, console, or even re-install your server’s operating system.

A VPS is generally as secure as a private dedicated server. Ultimately how secure your virtual private server is depends on the steps you take to securing it. At LowEndBox we are big on security and have written dozens of articles and helpful tutorials about how to best secure your Linux or Windows VPS. Specific Virtual Private Server plans are available that include DDoS protection (distributed denial of service attacks) as well.

Yes! While DDoS attacks are getting a little less common when it comes to simple high-volume/high-traffic attack patterns LowEndBox has featured numerous cheap VPS plans that offer DDoS Protection. Check out a full list of DDoS protected hosting plans.

That depends on a number of factors which we’ve explained in detail in a recent article about Why and When to Use a VPS instead of Shared Hosting. Essentially it comes down to:

If you are just looking to host a simple website or blog and do not anticipate much traffic/visitors, then starting off with a shared hosting account might be a cost effective and fast way to get set up.

If you are looking to do more than host a website (i.e. run scripts, develop programs, host a game server, host a VOIP server, and so on…), or if you run a busy website/database – then a VPS is the way to go, given the extra control and scalable resources that it has to offer.

The good news is LowEndBox features great deals on cheap Linux VPS, cheap Windows VPS and cheap Shared Hosting, so whatever is the best fit for you we’ve got you covered.

Yes and No. A Linux VPS does require some technical understanding because you will generally be accessing it using either a web hosting control panel, like cPanel, or by a terminal session (text only). On the other hand, a Windows based VPS is very easy to use because you access it using Windows Remote Desktop, and the interface is nearly identical to your computer at home if it runs Windows. Many people find that having a “cloud based” desktop running on their own cheap Windows VPS is a great way to have an always-available desktop for security reasons, data storage, web browsing, and more. Whether you pick a Linux VPS or Windows VPS, take a look at our Tutorial Section where we frequently publish how-to guides and other informative articles about using your VPS hosting service.

There is no best datacenter location for VPS hosting, just the location that is best for you. In the United States, datacenters in California and New York are especially popular because of their ability to serve the United States effectively plus either Asia (CA) or Europe (NY).

If you have a large US audience and along with an Asian audience then a VPS in Los Angeles (or any other place on the US West Coast), for example, would make more sense than one in the Central or Eastern United States. LowEndBox has VPS deals available in many different cities all around the world, and you can either use the search function or select one of our most popular cities in the main selection box on our home page. Nearly any location you pick is likely to be perfectly fine for almost all use-cases, so don’t let a location decision influence your decision making process.

If you are looking for a VPS in Los Angeles consider reading our recently posted Los Angeles VPS Hosting Frequently Asked Questions article which answers a number of questions specific to hosting in Los Angeles.

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