6 of the Best Uses for a VPS

By Sidney H. Alexander

February 20, 2020


​A virtual private server is an incredible resource for anyone out there that uses the internet. In this article I outline just 6 cool uses. ​If you think you would like to invest in a VPS I encourage you you to read my article on the top VPS providers.

Getting physical servers for your business is not only costly to buy, but you have to run and maintain them too. A real alternative that many small and medium businesses - and even some of the bigger corporations are turning to - is VPS hosting. Here are six really useful things you can do with your VPS.

​1. Web Hosting


Let’s face it, shared web hosting is so cheap the cost is almost negligible. With the very low price, however, you get real limits on what scale of website is possible without hitting resource limits which are often quite strict on shared hosting platforms. Using a VPS for web hosting is the next step up from this, and on your way to dedicated hosting, but at a fraction of the price.

Hosting your website on a VPS means quicker load times, far more value for money when it comes to web resources, and the ability for your website to service way more people at once than any shared hosting space would be able to cater for.

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​​2.​ Create Your Own VPN Server


VPNs are great and their uses are well documented. They can be quite expensive, however, if all you’re looking for is something you can use for additional security on public Wi-Fi, or to mask your own IP address. You might even use it to get around geolocation fences and access content that you wouldn’t normally be able to in your own country.

​​​3.​ Software Development


There are so many reasons why a VPS is a perfect software development environment, not least of all because you can customize your development environment to exactly your specifications. You can quickly and easily deploy tools too, like IDEs and libraries for different frameworks. Sharing the space is made easier by a VPS too because your whole team can access resources on a VPS.

Once your software is ready to move to production, you can fully test it in a live environment on a VPS too.

​​​​4.​ Data Backup


It might not be the most common use for a VPS, but you can use any free space on an existing VPS for data backup. The ability to employ the use of shell scripts or dedicated data backup applications that you can configure yourself might also make a VPS a more attractive offering than a cloud backup service.

​​​​​5.​ Hosting a Game Server


Gamers know the importance of a lag-free low ping game server and a VPS can offer them just this, configured to exactly the specifications needed for their specific game. Game servers don’t often need a lot of resources, and hosting your own server for games like Counterstrike, Minecraft and many others is made possible by a VPS.

​​​​​6.​ Just About Anything You Can Do on a Hardware Server


We couldn’t possibly list everything you can do with a VPS in one short article, so we’ll say this instead - almost anything you can do on a dedicated hardware server, you can do on a VPS, and in some cases, a VPS has some real advantages too, like scalability and how easy it is to configure.

So, there we have it, our top six uses for a VPS. It might take some time to get to grips with managing a VPS but once you have, you’ll never look back. Hosting your own services is not only rewarding; it’s financially beneficial too.

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​​To add to the article, i search the different platforms and find the best conversations from around the internet. Below you ​can find a link to the best repository of VPS possibility. Any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

https://github.com/awesome-selfhosted/awesome-selfhosted

Sidney H. Alexander

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Hi, Sidney here, I am addicted to techy stuff, anything breaking edge is my favorite, and I love writing so Digitizd.com was born. I realized that there is a huge market for advising people on tech related topics. People just don't have the in-depth knowledge of the digital world that they need to make purchasing decisions. So I am the middle man, the advisor, the guru, call me what you want. I just hope you enjoy my writing. Please leave a comment with your thoughts or questions. Thanks, Sidney

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