Hosting Web Services On Virtual Environment

By | May 4, 2013

Web hosting companies provide shared hosting services with a lot of features, but sometimes they set heavy limitations for secure environments.

For example:

• You generally use PHP / MySQL or ASP.NET / MS SQL.

• There is no access to the web server logs or logs to MySQL or MS SQL.

• You have to use phpMyAdmin, though there are certain limitations over MySQL / MS SQL access.

• You cannot install web applications of your choice.

• Services on ports are disabled other than port 80.

You can enjoy total freedom by hosting a website on your home based machine, but there are certain limitations.

• You have to leave your computer on 24x7x365 days.

• The download or upload speed will be slow, so your website will be slow to access.

• Vulnerable environment for website, means your personal machine can be easily hacked.

• You have to troubleshoot errors yourself.

Hence, you need to consider a new generation of trustworthy hosting type that is increasingly popular: The hosting of virtual private servers.


• It gives you access to a virtual machine located on a large server and a high-internet connection ( virtual machine behaves like a dedicated server ).

• Your virtual machine ( VPS server ) will have a certain amount of dedicated RAM, disk space, dedicated IP addresses.

• You can choose any operating system according to your requirements.

• You will get root access to your virtual server and much more.

From there, you can do absolutely anything you want on your virtual private server.

For example:

• You can shutdown / reboot your virtual machine.

• Ability to install a web server (Apache, Tomcat, Lighthttpd, or else!), PHP, ASP.NET, MySQL, MS SQL, Python, Ruby, CGI, etc.

• You can can install your own programs.

• Able to set as many services as you want (http, ssh, FTP, SMTP/pop3, etc. …).

• Reinstall in a few minutes the entire operating system (on request).

• You can upgrade your virtual server resources such as RAM, disk space (on request).

This is a new way of the hosting service which gives you total freedom on the server.


• Total freedom on server.

• You can install what you want, as long as you have a license (python / CGI programs compiled by you, etc..).

• You can run all the services you want.

• You can stop / restart the machine whenever you want.

• You will have SSH access to your machine to control the environment.

• You will have access to a console that allows you to take control of your machine.


It takes skills in system administration, for example:  if you are not familiar with installation of Apache / Tomcat, MySQL / MS SQL,  PHP / ASP.NET configuration, server security then it is recommended to opt fully managed services from the web host.



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