VPS Hosting Overview

The middle tier of hosting options provided by Liquid Web are the Storm VPS packages (Virtual Private Server).  VPS packages are designed for sites with low to medium traffic, small web hosts or designers with a small number of websites, or as a staging or development environment for testing a new application.

VPS Hosting Advantages

VPS customers have root access and the flexibility to configure the server to meet their needs.  VPS customers have the ability to manage all aspects of the sites they control, including email, DNS, databases, users, and more.  Unlike a Shared account, the host will not get shut off if the allotted bandwidth limit is reached. Instead, the account will remain active and be charged for the additional bandwidth used.

Third party applications, libraries and modules that require root level access can be set up and configured. Third party software is not covered under Liquid Webs fully-managed support.   Installing and troubleshooting unsupported software falls under Liquid Web’s “Best Effort” support.

With every VPS Hosting packages Liquid Web offers its Heroic Support® via both phone 1.800.580.4985 or 517.322.0434 (international), and email support@liquidweb.com 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Liquid Web also has Account management and monitoring tools always available for use for current customers at http://manage.liquidweb.com.

Upgrading to Dedicated

The Storm Server platform makes it very easy to upgrade Storm VPS by scaling it into a Storm Dedicated server. To do so, simply sign into your account at https://manage.liquidweb.com, click on the + symbol next to your server name, and then click the Resize button that appears near the top of the interface. You will be given a list of all available Storm Server plans and options, and once you make your decisions the Storm Server platform will take care of everything else. You will not have to migrate your data, and as long as you are staying within the same virtual server zone you will not have to change IP addresses.

Depending on the server choice you make you may be presented with the option to perform a Quick resize or a Full resize. Quick resizes are ideal for customers who are experiencing a sudden traffic influx and need improved server resources as quickly as possible, but you will only receive the additional CPU and RAM allocations. If you choose a Quick resize you will need to come back and complete the Full resize later to receive your additional storage space. Full resizes will give you access to CPU, RAM, and storage upgrades, but full resizes take longer to complete due to the change in physical storage devices.

It is incredibly difficult to estimate how long a specific resize for a specific server will take, which is why we recommend full server resizes be performed when your site(s) are not experiencing peak visitor activity.

For assistance in comparing all of available hosting solutions, please feel free to contact one of Liquid Web’s Sales Engineers at 1.800.580.4985 or 517.322.0434 (international), sales@liquidweb.com, or via live chat by clicking on the “Chat Live Now” button above.

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