Hosting your website on VM – Things To Know

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If you are getting excited about hosting your website on Cloud Hosting (VM – Virtual Machines) with higher CPU and RAM’s, you should be ready to accept the risk involved in doing such operations. We have summarized the most common issues and solutions for the same!

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Uptime of your website

As the vendor of a VM only guarantee the up-time of the Virtual Machine, they do not support (or) guarantee the up time of the Website. The main reason is that, the vendor of VM do not have direct control over the Applications (or) its configurations at any given point of time. Some of the popular Cloud Vendors are:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Google Cloud Platform

Almost every cloud service provider will not support (or) help the application that’s running on the servers.

Backups of your application

When you are on hared hosting (or) business hosting with cPanel, most of the hosting providers offer “One Click Installs”, Application specific backups and tonnes of features in cPanel. But, when it comes to cloud hosting – You can not expect the same unless its a managed Cloud hosting (heavily expensive).

Yet, there is an alternative. You have an option to take snapshots of the server at any given point of time. You always have the ability to take an entire copy of the server in just one click!

Compatibility issues on VMs

When you are running your site on a VM, you are responsible for matching the version of PHP, MySQL and WordPress to make sure they are all compatible (if your CMS is WordPress). On the other hand, the shared hosting providers have all systems in place where the compatibility are taken care at server configuration level.

Why you should be using VM ?

Irrespective of all the issues that I have highlighted above, you can still take a chance! The VM’s are fast and will help you build a better website with the help of dedicated resources from the Cloud servers. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us for a 60 day trial.