Three Reasons You’ll Need A Virtual Private Server In 2015

Virtual Private ServerVirtual private servers are one of the most flexible and cost effective ways of acquiring a powerful server without breaking the bank. They’re much more powerful and versatile than shared hosting, and they’re much less expensive than dedicated servers.

You might think I’m biased (and I am), but I believe that web hosting is something that almost everyone can find a use for, and that virtual private servers are the best option for most. An always-connected, remote Linux server environment is an incredibly flexible tool that can serve many different purposes. In this article, I’d like to take a look at three ways a virtual private server could be useful to you this year.

Web Hosting

This one’s obvious, but I know many people who do not have any web presence apart from social media.

The problem with social media is that you don’t control it. A website of your own, using a domain name you own, is entirely under your control. If you don’t already have a site, I would encourage you to register a domain that includes your own name, and set up a simple site on a virtual private server. Even just a photograph and a short biography is a good start. A blog, portfolio site, or resume site are all good uses of a personal domain. If you don’t already have a personal website, 2015 is the year to put your digital stake in the ground.

Personal Cloud

Put simply, the cloud is how we refer to applications that run on remote servers: Gmail is a good example. Most of the time we use cloud services that are provided by companies like DropBox or Google, but there’s an argument to be made for creating your own private version (although I wouldn’t encourage you to set up your own email hosting if you don’t have experience; take it from me that it’s no fun at all).

There are many alternatives to DropBox and other cloud services; I like OwnCloud, which is easy to install on a VPS and allows users to store and sync their data in much the same way as DropBox or iCloud.

A Testing And Educational Environment

We live in a web-centered world, and I’m a firm believer in having at least a basic grasp of the technology that provides the foundation for much of our lives. I don’t mean that everyone should be forced to learn JavaScript, but I do think that being able to put together a simple web page from scratch is a useful skill that at the very least will give people some insight into how it all works. A Linux VPS makes for a great playground and learning environment. And if you break anything, it’s very easy to wipe it all away and start again.

Virtual private servers offer an inexpensive and versatile way to directly experience what goes into making a website, from the operating system to the web server and the code. Will 2015 be the year you learn how to create your own space on the web?

Matthew Davis is a technical writer and Linux geek for Future Hosting.

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