What can a VPS be used for?
Let’s dive into the wonderful world of VPS, the Virtual Private Server. In this article we look at all the things you can do with a VPS. There are many nice and free applications that you can install on your own secure server.
The best thing of all is that you do not have to choose from the list below. Depending on the size of your VPS and how intensive you will use the capacity you can easily run multiple applications simultaneously. Below are some nice ideas on what you can do with your VPS.
1) VPS usage idea: make your VPS a mail server.
Do you want to manage e-mail traffic for your company? Are you looking for an ultra-fast platform for your e-mail campaigns? Then VPS is an excellent solution, because it offers enough SMTP relay. Use CPANEL to easily set up e-mail accounts and addresses. There are also auto configuration scripts available for the most popular mail clients. Easy!
Example website: http://www.postfix.org/
2) Create development environments with Docker.
Many VPS providers offer KVM VPS, so you can easily use endless virtualization solutions on these systems, such as Docker. Docker is Open Source Container Virtualization software that makes creating web applications easy. The necessary components can be packed in a container. This way, applications can be quickly tested or duplicated, for example for the creation of test environments.
Download Docker. https://www.docker.com/
3) Can you play games on a VPS?
Do you like to play Minecraft? Are you a fan of Counter-Strike? Or do you like to immerse yourself in the wonderful world of retro games? VPS is a cost-effective way to host your own games and it gives you the opportunity to invite friends or family to play along. A VPS can be used to install a wide variety of games and offers you the performance you and your teammates will highly appreciate.
Make your own Minecraft server
With a VPS you can create your own game. For example, create your own Minecraft server to play online with a small number of players.
Download Minecraft Java Edition server: https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server
Many other games are also relatively easy to set up with a VPS. Think about Counterstrike, Modern Warfare, Rest, Ark, etc. Possibilities enough to entertain you and others!
If you don’t need a server to realize a game yourself, but want to talk to each other, it is also possible to set up a TeamSpeak server. In any case, the communication is solid!
4) Build your own Cloud Service.
Set up your own Google Drive or Icloud. Install an application such as Nextcloud on your VPS.
Nextcloud is Open Source Software. You can manage, synchronize and share all your files from your desktop, phone or whatever device you want. In addition, all your documents are safe on the server that you manage. For example, you are the person who determines who can view your family photos or working documents. Ideal.
5) Your personal Netflix.
It is always nice to have movies, series and music at hand. You can download and save it at home, but that requires a lot of storage space. Turn your VPS into a media server with, for example, PLEX, save all files and it’s just like having your own Netflix. You can immediately stream your favorite movie or series on your smartphone, laptop or TV. In addition to PLEX, you can also use applications such as EMBY, Kodi or Icecast. Enough choice to bring all your media together on your VPS!
6) Popular questions on Google: “can i host multiple websites on VPS?” or “how many websites can a VPS host?”.
If you want to build multiple high traffic websites or applications without too much technical fuss, a VPS is ideal.
With a VPS you have complete freedom to set up the server as you want. Web Control Panels such as as Hepsia, Directadmin, Plesk or CPanel help you to facilitate the switch from web hosting to VPS. With this you manage your entire server from an intuitive graphic interface. And you can have much more traffic and much more sites or applications compared to shared hosting.
7) Create a private, secure playground
A VPS is useful if you like to play around with all kinds of operating systems, scripts and programs from which you actually don’t know exactly how they work, but that look interesting. Due to the virtualized environment you do not run the risk of breaking something and you also have a lot of processor power and network bandwidth at your disposal.
If you want to test software that is a substantial burden for the network or you actually need to open more ports, a VPS is a beautiful playground where you can mess until things crash after which it’s a piece of cake to start over. Have fun!
8) Host websites for others.
This can be a nice option for web designers. However, keep in mind that it’s not easy. Hosting other people’s sites comes with a lot of responsibility and extra work. This includes making daily backups, providing technical support, a good billing system and much more.
9) Popular question: can i use my VPS as a VPN?
In times of increasing internet surveillance you may be worried about your privacy.
One of the best ways to protect yourself against, for example, persecution by third parties, advertising tracking cookies, or hackers, is a Virtual Private Network. With this you hide your IP address and unauthorized persons cannot easily track your location. A VPN can theoretically also be used for illegal purposes such as protecting against copyright laws when sharing files, but in view of the increasing surveillance, it is still recommended for normal surfing. With, among others, OpenVPN it is possible to set up your own VPN connection on your virtual server. You can then use this private network with all of your devices. Simply download the respective client (available for Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, etc.) and connect to your VPN server. Now others only see the IP of the server and not your real address. Your location remains anonymous and your provider can no longer see which pages you are accessing.
10) Fast seedbox for torrenting.
Another possibility is the use as a seedbox.
Although you can use BitTorrents with normal computers, the upload is usually much slower than the download. That’s why you can use many virtual servers as a seedbox:
- Simply install a BitTorrent program and start the download (also possible from your mobile phone).
- After the files have finished loading, you can transfer them from the server to your home computer.
- In most cases, this is much faster and also brings some anonymity: other users only see the IP of your vServer and not your internet address at home.
Note: Many hosting providers prohibit P2P programs on their servers, as they can of course also be used for copyright infringements. So if you want to set up a seedbox, you should definitely ask your web host first if it’s allowed.
11) What more can you do with a VPS? How about trading Forex, options or stocks?
A high-quality VPS is an ideal instrument to make a success out of your investments and business. Please note that the virtual private server must meet all requirements. Think of always being available without any down time, plenty of computing and processing power, the largest possible memory and, of course, unlimited traffic. In addition, we naturally only want to deal with the most competent, always available and super fast technical support engineers in case something goes wrong. And, not to forget, the same goes for the admins employed by the web hosting company. The Linux Hosts Inc. VPS plans (see the beginning of this article), meet all these conditions and, for that reason, we strongly recommend this company for trading with VPS.
Example website Forex: https://www.metatrader4.com/en
VPS Ideas – a conclusion.
Nice that you were here and we hope not only that you enjoyed this article about what to host on VPS but also that it is of use in practice because you will actually apply one of the VPS ideas for yourself. By the way, if you have another idea for a virtual private server, we invite you to send us an email so that we can also include your idea in this post. Good luck!