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How Do I Get Started?

Common uses for VPSs and how to get started


Web Hosting

Host a Website

If you want to host a website we recommend you purchase a CentOS 6 + cPanel plan. We offer a service for $18 called 'Initial cPanel Setup', if you have not setup a new installation of cPanel/WHM we recommmend you take this option as our engineers will prepare cPanel/WHM so all you need to do is create an account and login to the familiar cPanel environment. We can even help you optimize it for your website.

Forex Trading System

Run a Forex Trading System

If you intend to run a forex trading system on a VPS, you will require the operating systems Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 2012 R2. You will get remote desktop access to your VPS, and can login, open internet explorer and download and install MT4 directly on the server. Disconnecting from the VPS does not close any applications you've started within remote desktop.

Gaming Servers

Gaming Servers

VPSBlocks is a professional services host, therefore at this time we do not allow gaming servers or gaming related websites (e.g. clan websites) which may be the target of DDOS attacks on our systems. If you are looking to operate a gaming server please search for specific gaming hosts.

Virtual Desktop

Use the VPS as a Virtual Desktop

You can run a Windows VPS as a virtual desktop for one or more users. Licensing allows up to 2 users to connect simultaneously. If you require more than that you will need to purchase remote desktop licenses. These are a monthly license of $7.50 per license required (remember you get 2 free). Alternatively consider using Ubuntu 14 Desktop.

IP Addresses

Can I buy extra IP Addresses?

Each VPS gets one IP address (cPanel VPSs get 2 IPs by default). You can purchase extra IP addresses through the control panel. As per Aunic regulations the IP addresses should be used for valid reasons such as SSL on websites. They should not be used for anonymous proxies. Note that cPanel fully supports SNI which now allows multiple SSL certificates on a single IP address, reducing the need for extra IPs.

Sever Location

Where are your Servers Located?

All our servers are located in our data center in Melbourne. Our staff also work out of Melbourne. We do not employ overseas technical support companies.

Domain Name

The order form asks for a Domain, why?

We need to give the VPS a name. This is best if it's a publically available name, as we use this as the hostname for your server. If you are hosting websites it's best to use the main domain you intend to host on the VPS. If not, you can simply choose to use a free subdomain we provide.

Offsite Backups

Do you offer Offsite Backups?

Yes we do. You can purchase offsite backups as you go through the order process or at a later date. All offsite backups are backed up to our office which is 500 metres from the data center and has a direct link to our network for fast backup capabilities.

Pricing

I'm convinced, what do I do Now?

We recommend you read the other sections in the 'VPS Hosting Advice' pages, then once you've determined what you need go to the 'Pricing' section, select a plan and then place your order.