Making the move to a VPS server is something more and more small businesses are considering as the benefits of virtualization begin to stack up. With a smaller cost than a dedicated server option and the choice to scale resources as necessary, VPS choices are quickly becoming something that SMBs find provide returns even with a minimal IT investment. However, while the technical merits of VPS servers are apparent, you’re bound to have questions about how to manage one effectively – having to invest a large amount of time to administer a VPS could negate any savings found by moving technology off-site. Fortunately, a number of options exist to help streamline your interaction with your server and ensure that you have easy-to-use controls at your fingertips and on screen.
The cPanel VPS Option
One of the most common ways to give you the power over your VPS without requiring extensive technical knowledge is a control panel, and one of the most powerful on the market is cPanel. Divided into two main components – cPanel itself and the Web Host Manager – this application is designed to make managing your VPS as simple, intuitive and straightforward as possible so that you can dive right into creating websites and customizing settings rather than getting bogged down in code and permissions, or stuck on finding out which applications best suit your needs.
Website Owners – Welcome to cPanel
The cPanel component of this control panel is meant to assist website owners in managing and uploading content to their server. It is designed to simplify uploading webpages and altering their content, as well as providing easy installation of website apps like blogs and forums. In addition, cPanel can backup any data you store on your server, protect your content from abuse and generate statistics about who is visiting your site and for how long. With cPanel’s File Manager, you’ll have complete control over your website and be able to easily adjust, improve and modify it at will.
Server Admins and Webhosts – Introducing WHM
The WHM component of a cPanel VPS allows you to set up and manage any customer accounts if you are using your server to resell web hosting as well as receive alerts if your server goes down, in addition to blocking spam on accounts and allowing you to brand accounts with custom logos. This aspect of the cPanel interface also allows you to install apps and programming modules to improve overall user experience, all with the help of a simplified, graphical interface. Just as for website owners, WHM is meant to provide ease of access and powerful features in a single package.
cPanel also offers a cPanel VPS Hosting Optimized package that can help to reduce the idle memory use of your server. By choosing a provider that sells its VPS built-in with cPanel VPS hosting, up to a 60% reduction in memory usage can be seen, and this optimized VPS experience is still being refined – version 2.0 is currently available.
A VPS can provide power and a stable environment in which to host a website, run a development project or use as a launching pad or platform as a service option for your company. While at first glance managing a VPS can seem daunting, one that comes with the cPanel family of products already installed can give you the power to get the most from your IT dollar without having to become an IT guru. Simple and streamlined functions and a graphical interface make this control panel option a great way to reduce the VPS server learning curve.