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Whether or not you’re already familiar with FreeBSD, if you’re new to the world of VPS’s, you might be wondering why to go with a VPS provider like RootBSD rather than a dedicated, private server. If so, read on!

VPS is an acronym for “virtual private server,” which is a method of partitioning physical computer servers into multiple servers. Each partition virtually has the appearance and capabilities of a dedicated server without requiring the space and expense of a separate physical machine. Each VPS has its own operating system (in our case, FreeBSD), and programs run independently inside that system. So what are the advantages of such a system?

(1) Cost-Effective. Since multiple systems are in the same physical hardware, a VPS offers significant cost savings over a dedicated physical server.

(2) Total Access and Customization. As a VPS customer, you have root access to the system, and can therefore manipulate and configure all aspects of the server to your specifications. You can run the applications of your choosing!

(3) Enhanced Security. With traditional shared webhosting, all users share an operating system and have access to the same file system. Therefore, the potential exists for users to access each other’s information or affect the performance of another user’s system. With a VPS, there is an additional layer of security in that all users have their own separate operating systems and file systems even though they are sharing physical space on the machine.

Overall, a VPS can provide you with the freedom that comes with peace of mind, control, and knowing that you have freed up financial resources for use elsewhere. If you already have a busy website, a VPS is a great upgrade from traditional hosting without having to shell out the additional dough for a dedicated server. A VPS is also great for backing up data on your own off-site secure server. Whatever the use, a VPS is something to try–the functionality of having your own dedicated machine without the expense!