How to move your business from Shared Hosting to a Virtual Private Server (VPS)

In this article I show you how to make the next step into professionalising your IT setup by moving from a managed shared hosting website to the super-control of having your own server.

How we get to VPS stage

When we start out on our first tender steps in creating our business’s website, those of us that want to be involved in, and understand the basics of, the way this vital marketing platform works will go out and get ourselves a shared hosting account and dabble.

Typically we’ll sign up, pay the subscription, go into the user dashboard and proceed to be confused.

Push on and you’ll get there

But we won’t get discouraged, pushing on to figure out how to set up a wordpress site via some helpful wizard and start that limitless adventure of designing and presenting our value proposition to the world.

Our offering is highly personal and unique to ourselves: over time we’ll add to, revel in, tone down, big up, laugh at, admire adoringly, and cringe about, our artistic inventions.

Try try try again

Day by day we’ll test what works, and what doesn’t. Writing about what we like, and leaving aside what we don’t.

Soon the day comes when we have stabilised our firm and have arrived on the commercial landscape as a creditable organisation with whom people want to do business.

The choice is now here; do we hand over the our website to professionals outside of the organisation?

Or can we do it ourselves?

New horizons await

If your answer is “yes” (or even “I think so”) then the rest of this article is for you – read on my friend.

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About the author

Paul Connolly

Paul is a tax practitioner in the UK. He holds a practising certificate from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

He also lectures accountancy and tax at the University of Northampton.

Paul volunteers as a board member of the Northamptonshire Credit Union.

He is also an open data researcher, producing datasets and programming open data driven applications.