The word “virtual” is a bit misleading when talking about a virtual server. In this day when the Internet is a prevalent part of most people’s lives, virtual typically means not real, or not physical. In this case, that’s not the case.

A virtual server is an actual physical server, but it isn’t a dedicated server. In other words, your hosting company will take a server and partition it so that you can have your own server that acts like a dedicated server without actually being one. You are really only leasing a part of a server.

The catch is this: Your part of the server is designed to meet your needs. If someone else is sharing that server – that is, they have their own virtual server on the same box as you – then their virtual server is configured for their needs. You can share an actual physical server in a way that makes it appear that both you and your neighbor have a dedicated server.

In this manner, a virtual server is a sort of dedicated server. It’s not a full server, but a partial server. The benefit is you pay only for the server space you are using. And, you can upgrade to more server space at any time if you need to. Your hosting company will simply move you to another physical server with more dedicated space for your needs and configure it exactly as your current server. You will get this move with no break in hosting service.

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