Sometimes the time comes: move to a new apartment, change jobs, buy a new laptop, stop watching uninteresting series. With hosting for the site the same story. It is important to understand in time that you “outgrew” the service you are using and you need something more powerful and flexible. In this material, we will understand the reasons for the poor performance of the site and methods for solving them. Forward!
What are the reasons for poor performance?
There may be many. We will conditionally divide them into problems with the software and hardware. The first category includes oversized images and other heavy content, old software, unconfigured caching, and much more. The second “package” of problems is inappropriate and weak hardware. It is possible that the hosting tariff that you ordered at the start of your Internet project can no longer cope with your needs. There are more visitors, the site itself has become more massive and heavier, and the hosting service has remained the same.
Well, that’s clear. What are the possibilities for a solution?
First of all, you can work to speed up the site. There are tons of articles and notes on the web. For example, on the specialized resource there is material on this topic. If this does not help, then it is probably all about the hardware. Then you should consider a more productive hosting plan or VPS / VDS.
And can you read more about VPS / VDS?
VPS (VDS) – a virtual dedicated server. Such a service is suitable for those who need a flexible and customizable solution, but there is still not enough money to rent a physical dedicated server. On such a server you can host an unlimited number of sites (virtual hosting, as a rule, limit this number), mailboxes, databases. Also, you can independently install additional programs.
If everything is so beautiful, then why doesn’t everyone order a VPS right away?
To begin with, VPS is more expensive than shared hosting service . Also, to work with this service you need to have specific knowledge of system administration and understand how UNIX-like operating systems work. Otherwise, the result will not be the best. Of course, you can use graphical control panels like Directadmin, Cpanel and many other control panel. but they will not give full control over the server. If you do not know what sudo rm -rf is and get scared at the sight of the terminal, you should hire a separate person who would maintain and configure your server.
Well, I decided – I will take VPS. What should I look for when choosing a new Plan?
Learn the features of VPS! The type of drive (SSD, hard disk or hybrid drive), processor model, amount of RAM – everything is like in a regular laptop or desktop PC.