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  Post #1 (permalink)   12-01-2017, 02:43 PM
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THERE ARE ENDLESS WAYS YOU COULD USE A VIRTUAL PRIVATE SERVER. HERE ARE 5 OF THEM.

HOSTING

What we see quite often are web developers or designers who also host their clientís websites. Some go the route of reseller programs, but a virtual private server gives them the flexibility to run programs and applications that may not otherwise be available to them with reseller plans.

cPanel/WHM makes this so easy, as each site can be assigned its own cPanel account and be managed independently from other accounts on that server.

With enough accounts, the cost of the VPS can be recouped very quickly, and in many cases, these types of clients prefer to pay annually, which helps with initial cash flow outlays.

More often than not, in these types of arrangements, the clientís are not given cPanel access, as the web developer maintains everything on their end. Customer service calls tend to be more amicable as the client typically trusts their developerís judgement.

Management is usually billed in a la carte segments or in blocked periods of labor-time.

E-COMMERCE

While e-commerce sites can be run on shared or reseller plans, a virtual private server gives businesses and organizations some options they may not have on those plans. First and foremost, youíll need to determine if you need managed or unmanaged services. If youíre not server literate, then management of the server would be best left to a professional.

Youíll also need to determine the amount of resources youíll require. If youíre running cPanel/WHM, they recommend at minimum 2GB of RAM. Hard drive space will depend on how large your site is currently and how much you project it growing. For optimum performance, we do recommend SSD over HDD drives. Youíll be soundly amazed at the performance improvement. In todayís environment, HDD drives are more often used for back up.

Another concern should be bandwidth and the network supporting your server. Port speeds are typically 1Gbps, but Iím still seeing 100Mbps on various sites. Shop around and ask for files to speed test your future providerís network.

A major consideration when running revenue producing e-commerce websites is uptime. While most providers offer an uptime guarantee, that usually only involves issuing credits in cases involving downtime. Always read your prospective providerís Terms of Service. Itís always better to be proactive rather than reactive.

TESTING

Itís amazing how many virtual private servers are used for testing purposes, and are never put into production. Actually, itís an extremely inexpensive tool on which to conduct research.

One way to use your VPS for testing would be to create a Chroot Environment. This would allow you to build, install and test software separate from your normal OS, or run 32-bit applications in a 64-bit environment. Why do that? Possibly to determine how applications would behave in a contaminated environment. There are countless possibilities.

GAME SERVER

For game servers, you should be looking at a VPS with great CPU speed and outstanding latency. Once you start adding an appreciable number of players, you should opt for a dedicated server, but a virtual private server works well for small groups. One advantage of a VPS is that it can be easily upgraded to more vCores, RAM and disk space. Another key component for successful gaming is DDoS protection, as it seems game servers attract more than their fair share of cybercriminals and attacks.

EMAIL SERVER

A lot of folks never pay a whole lot of attention to how email works, or how it gets from one computer to someone else on the other side of the country or world. The backside of email servers can get fairly complex, especially since there are so many safeguards in place to protect consumers from spammers and scammers.

Youíll have to understand the ins and outs of SMTP and IMAP and how to set up Postfix, Sendmail, Qmail or whatever you plan to use. Then thereís spam protection to deal with, so SpamAssassin would be good to know. Add in how to manage DNS entries, SPF and RBLs and you get the picture.

The plus side is that youíll control your email, and while this wonít provide you total privacy, it will help.
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Email servers can be efficiently operated on VPS, and also VPS can be organised to be VPN to manage a secure channel of communication.
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Email servers can be efficiently operated on VPS, and also VPS can be organised to be VPN to manage a secure channel of communication.
Agree with you. Also, for "Testing" I would rather take cheap shared hosting, if there won't be any traffic and no need in additional features/services
 
 
 


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also a VPS can be used as a backup server.

You have to think that you run a hosting business on a VPS and if that server goes down what do you do.
Oops i have lost all accounts, so you now have angry clients

Yes it is a clients responsibility to make sure they take backups of their own sites, but as hosts we know clients don't always do this and if anything goes wrong it is us hosts that gets the blame.

for the sake of a few ££/$$ you can get another VSP ( no needed for cpanel licence) and set it up to take backups of your hosting servers so if the hosting servers goes down you can easily restore from the recent backup and with cpremote/rsync/jetbackup you can set up daily/weekly and monthly backups of all accounts and files.
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My own uses for VPS' back in the day

#1: DNS
I used to grab cheap VPS' from somewhere like Ramnode, one in every location, then throw cPanel DNSONLY on 'em. This, effectively clustered DNS for me, easily.

#2: Monitoring
Back when I was working on a monitoring script (I've kinda slacked off on that lately ), I would do the same thing. Grab one in each area, then call the master via cron. Way to get some pretty good results for pennies
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We have backup VPSs standing by on Azure.

Fully configured, but switched off, so we pay the pence per GB for the storage and a couple of dollars for the IPs.

If our servers go down.

Click, a VM is ready to take a recent backup and when you've finished switch it off again!
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Yes, VPS servers can be used for different purposes already mentioned above. Regarding testing, some of the hosting providers provide free testing period for VPS servers (usually up to 5-7 days), so you shouldn't even pay while testing it. But it is important do not violate the policy during free testing and do not run prohibited software
 
 
 


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Yes, VPS servers can be used for different purposes already mentioned above. Regarding testing, some of the hosting providers provide free testing period for VPS servers (usually up to 5-7 days), so you shouldn't even pay while testing it. But it is important do not violate the policy during free testing and do not run prohibited software
That is not the testing talked about.

Like i have my main server which i have client on and then i have a server with my main website and WHMCS.

I also have a cheap VPS that i have my development WHMCS licence attached too, so when WHMCS is upgraded or i have a new or updated module i can run it on a test server before adding to my production server.

I always test things before adding to my production server.
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