If you have multiple websites to manage as part of your business or personal projects, then you may be wondering how to host them all in one place. A virtual private server (VPS) is a viable solution, but if you’re new to the world of VPS hosting, you may be wondering if it’s the right way to host multiple sites. This is especially true if you handle various aspects of a business with several websites, web design projects or specific services that need splitting out.
Can you host more than one website on a VPS? Let’s find out if (and why) you can, why a VPS is great for managing multiple websites, as well as other server solutions out there.
What is a Virtual Private Server?
Before we talk about hosting multiple websites on a VPS, let’s briefly run through what a virtual private server actually is. A VPS uses several machines, evenly spreading its resources between each, which comes with many benefits. A VPS isn’t subject to traffic and bandwidth restrictions like shared hosting would be, and it’s highly affordable, so what’s not to like?
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How many sites can a VPS host?
Irrespective of the type of VPS you go for, a VPS can host multiple different websites. There are actually no limits to the number of sites a virtual private server can host. But, if there are certain resource restraints placed on your VPS, such as the amount of RAM , CPU and SSD, and you’ll have to work within these limits. Luckily, upgrading your VPS takes just a few clicks, so as your traffic grows, your hardware can step up to accommodate it.
What to expect when hosting multiple sites on a VPS
When we compare a virtual private server to other types of servers and hosting, a VPS can definitely handle multiple sites with much more efficiency and ease. But why is this? What can you expect from multisite VPS hosting?
1. Level of resources
When you opt for a VPS, you have the added benefit of knowing exactly what resources are available. Not only will you receive unlimited bandwidth, but you can choose a package with the correct amount of RAM, SSD and level of CPU for all of your website needs. A stable level of resources is great for multiple hosting.
2. Full root access
With a VPS, you get full control over the software you choose, your updates and any other executive server decisions. This means handling multiple websites on one server is made even easier — the power is in your hands.
If you find yourself needing more RAM, that your CPU just isn’t cutting it, or your SSD needs more GB — maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Luckily, scaling up your server's resources is quick and easy, and takes just a few clicks in our control panel. To host lots of sites, your VPS needs to be up to scratch, that’s why upgrading to a bigger package is a great option.
4. A great price
VPS hosting offers a fantastic balance between performance and affordability. As a single server can be split into multiple virtual instances, what you pay as the customer is much lower than with dedicated hosting. So whether you're a solopreneur or a business launching a new website, a VPS is a great option for your projects.
Which server is best for multiple site hosting?
Now you know how VPS multiple site hosting works, how do the other servers shape up? Which server would be the most compatible?
1. Shared hosting
Multiple site hosting is possible with shared hosting, but as resources are shared by multiple users, this is usually best for multiple low-traffic sites. However, many cheaper shared hosting plans only offer space for one site. Overall, shared hosting is a cost-effective choice, but probably not the best option if you have lots of large sites to run. You’ll need to consider the pros and cons when comparing shared hosting vs VPS if you plan to host multiple sites in the long run.
2. Dedicated server
This type of server can also run multiple sites, so if your budget is on the higher end, it might be worth taking a look at a dedicated server. Although the price might put people off, these servers can host multiple high traffic sites with ease. Another great choice for multiple site hosting.
3. Virtual private server
Now, how does the above compare to our trusty VPS? Well, a VPS is a bit of an all-rounder, and due to its private nature, there are lots of resources available to host multiple sites. A VPS is also a relatively cheap option compared to a lot of other servers on the market. As we’ve explained in this article, there are ways to upgrade your resources in order to handle more and more sites.
When it comes to choosing a server, it’s all about the resources provided. It doesn’t matter how good of a server you have if your package doesn’t provide enough resources to allow multiple site hosting. So, consider this before deciding on a server package.
So, now you know how many sites you can host on a VPS, how to host them and your other server options, why not take a look at our virtual private servers? If you’re wanting to build websites to add to your server, we can help with that, too.
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