VPS hosting is typically seen as the ‘middle ground’ between shared hosting and dedicated servers. To put it simply, you’ll get many of the benefits of a dedicated server, while still maintaining a lower price. A VPS, or Virtual Private Server, is configured to allow each customer to have a virtual environment that looks and performs as if it were its physical server. This means you can install software, reboot your server and do just about anything else at any time you’d like, just like with a dedicated server. Each physical server, however, is divided into a set number of virtual environments. Since each environment has a dedicated amount of disk space, RAM and processor power, VPS systems also offer much more predictable performance than shared hosting can provide. Shared hosting may be a little less expensive, but you don’t get the high level of control that you do with a VPS, and there are typically many more customers hosted on each physical machine with shared hosting options.