|Virtual Private Server (VPS)|
A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a special type of hosting account which bridges the gap between shared hosting and a dedicated server. With shared hosting, many websites are hosted on the same server - thus sharing the expense and making it the cheapest way to publish a website. With a dedicated server, you get the whole server to yourself (thus improving performance, giving you full control over the configuration, and protecting you from any problems caused by other websites), but it can be prohibitively expensive. A VPS splits a server into a number of discrete units so that your account is completely separate from the other sites on the server, and acts exactly like a dedicated server - except there are other VPS accounts on the same machine.
VPS accounts are naturally more expensive than shared hosting because whereas a shared server can host a couple of hundred accounts, a server configured for VPS will typically only have a handful of VPS accounts. With a VPS account, you normally get root access and have full control over the server configuration, as each account is essentially a separate 'server within a server'.
Netshine Hosting does not currently offer VPS hosting, however, we can heartily recommend the service offered by Clook - we have tested the services of a number of UK VPS providers, and whilst some are cheaper than Clook, the excellent support and server management that Clook provides is well worth paying a little extra for. To see the VPS hosting plans on offer, click here (opens in a new window/tab).
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