• Thursday, September 14, 2017

Did you know that you can get the resources your site needs without the burden of VPS management?

If your website has outgrown the limits of your shared hosting plan and you are considering upgrading to a VPS, we have a better solution! Elastic Hosting is just as easy to manage as a shared hosting plan, but with the resources and a reliability of a full-blown VPS.

What makes Elastic Hosting a better alternative to a VPS?

As you know, a VPS offers advantages like root access and customization, but also requires you to buy software licenses and handle configuration, hardening, and application installation. We found that shared hosting customers were often confused and frustrated by the costs and management responsibilities of a VPS and typically turn to us to provide the management.

When upgrading to a VPS, you have two choices: pay us for server management or attempt managing it yourself. Server management and licenses can result in a price increase of 8-10x your previous shared hosting plan. The path is not much easier for customers who opt for unmanaged VPSs. Those customers still have to pay for software licenses and often do not know how to manage a server. If you are one of those customers, you'll end up submitting numerous tickets asking for help with management tasks and may neglect more complicated jobs, like server hardening, which will leave your server vulnerable to attacks.

Elastic Hosting is easy to manage - just like a shared hosting site. Elastic Hosting runs on a shared server powered by the CloudLinux OS. It isolates each customer into a separate Lightweight Virtualized Environment (LVE), which allocates and limits server resources; like RAM, CPU, and connections; for that customer. These limits improve server stability because other customers cannot use more than they are allocated and bring down your shared server.

Elastic Hosting vs VPS: Which is right for you?

If your site requires more resources than the current shared hosting plan offers, Elastic Hosting is perfect for you. In addition, if you need a different version of PHP, Ruby, or Python, it is likely that Elastic Hosting would be completely sufficient. The PHP Selector offers support for multiple versions and builds of PHP, Python, and Ruby on the same server. However, if you want to run applications in a non-standard environment (node.js, Java), add non-standard Apache mods, use nginx or LiteSpeed, or use non-standard databases such as PerconaDB, a VPS is your best bet.

Let’s say you run a WordPress site and your blog is becoming more and more popular. You may start to get 500 or 508 errors as your site exceeds the limits of shared hosting. If you simply need more resources and do not need anything that can only be provided by a VPS, Elastic Hosting is a great option. Especially if you don't know how or want to be bothered with managing a VPS.

How do I get started?

Open a ticket in the Client Area, we'll help you choose the right plan by looking at your account's resource usage over the last 30 days, current disk space and bandwidth requirements and propose the best fit for your site and budget. Best of all, we'll migrate your account to the new service free of charge.