Did you know that you can get the resources your site needs without the burden of VPS management?

If you are one of the many shared hosting customers whose website resources have outgrown the limits of your provider's shared hosting plan and you are considering upgrading to a VPS, you have a better solution! An Elastic Site is just as easy to manage as a shared hosting plan, but with the resources and a reliability of a full-blown VPS.


What makes an Elastic Site a better alternative to a VPS?

As you know, a VPS offers advantages like root access and customization, but also requires you to buy software licenses and handle configuration, hardening, and application installation. In interviews with many hosting providers, we found that shared hosting customers were often confused and frustrated by the costs and management responsibilities of a VPS.

When upgrading to a VPS, you have two choices: pay for server management or attempt managing it yourself. Server management and licenses can result in a price increase of 8-10x your previous shared hosting plan. The path is not much easier for customers who opt for unmanaged VPSs. Those customers still have to pay for software licenses and often do not know how to manage a server. If you are one of those customers, you'll end up submitting numerous tickets to your provider asking for help with management tasks and may neglect more complicated jobs, like server hardening, which will leave your server vulnerable to attacks.

An Elastic Site is easy to manage - just like a shared hosting site. The Elastic Site runs on a shared server powered by the CloudLinux OS. It isolates each customer into a separate Lightweight Virtualized Environment (LVE), which allocates and limits server resources; like RAM, CPU, and connections; for that customer. These limits improve server stability because other customers cannot use more than they are allocated and bring down your shared server.

Elastic Site vs VPS: Which is right for you?

If your site requires more resources than the current shared hosting plan offers, an Elastic Site is perfect for you. In addition, if you need a different version of PHP, Ruby, or Python than your host currently provides, it is likely that the Elastic Site powered by CloudLinux OS would be completely sufficient. CloudLinux’s PHP Selector offers support for multiple versions and builds of PHP, Python, and Ruby on the same server. However, if you want to run applications in a non-standard environment (node.js, Java), add non-standard Apache mods, use nginx, or use non-standard databases such as MariaDB or PerconaDB, a VPS is your best bet.

Let’s say you run a WordPress site and your blog is becoming more and more popular. Your hosts have notified you that you are approaching the limits of your shared hosting plan. If you simply need more resources and do not need anything that can only be provided by a VPS, an Elastic Site is a great option.

So, you’d like to try out an Elastic Site for your website?

You can get an Elastic Site from a hosting provider that offers web hosting powered by CloudLinux OS. CloudLinux OS is the #1 OS used by hosting providers. It powers more than 20 million websites, and yours could be one of them. Ask your hosting provider if their servers run on CloudLinux OS - if so, they might already be offering Elastic Sites, and could be able to offer you more resources without having to go the VPS route. If not, you can browse this directory to find a hosting provider that can accommodate your needs.

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