When your website and company expands so will (hopefully) your traffic.When this happens, if you still use a shared hosting plan, you could start experiencing slow loading times that could drive users aаway and have a negative impact on your bounce rates.

Luckily a simple upgrade to a VPS hosting plan should significantly improve the performance of your site. What's more, with a VPS, you can have a lot more flexibility, and be able to handle it to suit your website's specific needs.

We'll briefly describe what a VPS is in this post, and discuss some of its major advantages. We'll have a step-by - step guide to configure your new VPS afterwards. Let's kick off!

An Introduction to VPS Hosting

A VPS offers a virtual server infrastructure similar to a dedicated server's. A single physical server is split into several virtual spaces, one for each platform. As such, you'll share a server with other sites on a VPS plan, but get access to your own dedicated server resources.
In other words, a VPS provides all of the benefits of a dedicated server but at a much lower cost. This makes it an excellent choice for that sites which still need to keep up with a budget. When you encounter an spike in traffic, you will be able to keep up with a VPS without having to pay for a private server.

What's more, VPS hosting can be scaled, and expand as your company does.With that reason, in case the brand or content goes viral, it is easier to gain more money.

In addition to that, you have more control over your server environment than shared hosting does. Also, you will have the option to choose your own Operating System ( OS) and software programs, and also benefit from access to root servers. Which means a VPS can be as important to developers as it is to owners of small to medium-sized companies.

How to Get Your New VPS Up and Running (In 4 Steps)

Over at A2 Hosting, we sell numerous VPS plans.Our servers are quick and reliable and many of our plans come with pre-loaded development software to suit your needs:

You can choose between plans that are controlled and unmanaged too. For example, with an unmanaged plan, you'll have complete freedom over your server environment. On the other hand, you can leave it to our support team with a controlled plan to optimize your VPS to efficiency and functionality. You can also pick a controlled package with root access if you are on the fence.

Whatever choice you want to go with, there are a couple of things you'll need to learn to get your VPS up and running. Fortunately, it's not hard process. Just take these four steps and you're going to be good to go!

Step 1: Log In to Your Customer Portal

You may need to access your account information once you have signed up for a VPS with A2 Hosting. You can log in to your client portal to do so. Click the Safe Client Login button for orange and the login screen will show you:

Enter your password and email address and sign in to access your customer portal:

You'll get access to a number of things from this page. Initially, this is where you'll manage billing, order new items or updates, and send and display tickets for help. You can also set up alerts, so you'll still be up-to - date about your server status.

In other words, from this page you can manage anything that applies to your account. This is where your domains will be managed, too. As such, whether you're registering a new domain or transferring an old domain to your new VPS, you 're going to want to start here — that will lead us into our next step.

Step 2: Configure Your Domain for Your VPS

You would then have to configure your domain(s) to run on your new VPS. This will allow them to use the resources from your server.

Click on Domains at the top of your customer portal to register a new domain, and select Enter a new domain. You can enter your desired name from there, and select the top-level domain (TLD) you want to: