October 16th, 2013, 10:16 PM
Shared Hosting vs VPS Hosting – Which one is for you?
In this post, we’ll discuss the main distinctions between two of the most popular hosting alternatives: Shared Hosting and Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting.
There are certain advantages to each type of hosting plan, but what’s best for you really depends on your specific situation and what you value most.
Do you want more control over your hosting environment––or do you want to sit back and coast?
Do you need more resources to preform at your best––or do you require minimal features and space to operate?
Are you concerned with budget first, and growth second––or are you expecting your site or network of sites to receive a boost in traffic and increased global accessibility in the near future?
These are all things to think about before you choose which hosting environment suits your needs.
What is Shared Hosting?
Shared servers are quite large and powerful because their main function is to be a communal space used by a number of different clients.
The number of accounts or sites on each server varies and really depends on how busy a server is or what kind of hardware it is supported by.
Each user on a shared server has access to a large store of basic reserves that are acquired on-demand as a user needs more space, RAM, bandwidth, or other resources of some kind.
What are the Benefits of a Shared Hosting Plan?
The greatest advantage of electing a shared hosting option is the cost. It is much cheaper to rent space on a shared server than it is to reserve a private section of a server to support your needs.
Shared hosting is a great option for those just starting out. It gives you just enough to work with to maintain a good web presence without you having to pay for extra resources that you may not need yet (or ever).
And the Downfalls?
As you may have gathered, sharing resources could become a problem if your site or another site starts to take up more space than originally needed.
When resources wear thin, your site experiences latency, downtime, increased bounce rates, and compromised traffic. If you have an e-commerce site this can really disturb your bottom line.
If you’re on a shared server and your site really takes off due to a current event, seasonal stimulus or increased media attention, you may be in for trouble if the server gets overloaded and can’t support your traffic and requirements. If you need room to grow in the near future, a VPS may be for you.
What is VPS Hosting?
A Virtual Private Server is much like it seems: Essentially, you have a “private” server just for your needs alone. With a VPS plan you are given a piece of server real estate that is just accessible to you.
That means your resources are not shared, and you get sources for memory, hard drive, RAM, bandwidth, CPU, etc., all to yourself.
Why Choose a VPS?
When you have your very own resources, there are no worries about experiencing problems with uptime and speed due to overextended, thinly spread, shared resources. Dedicated resources mean more room for you to grow and less stress about crowded server conditions.
With a VPS, you’ll also have more control over how you run your website/s. A nice thing about VPS plans is that you can scale your resources as you go. That means if you’re selling Christmas decorations, you have the option of paying less out of season for reduced resources and scaling up to more as the holidays approach.
The Downfalls of a VPS
Aside from being a more expensive option, you should consider that acquiring a VPS for your individualized needs does not necessarily mean that you will have an ultra fast, souped-up, all-powerful server at your disposal.
Depending on your VPS plan, the total amount of your resources will not equal that of a large shared server; however, any reliable hosting company has a smart team of professionals that can assess your needs and get you the space, options and resources you need to succeed.
October 17th, 2013, 01:31 AM
Thank you very much for sharing the article. This is great information.
October 21st, 2013, 01:49 AM
I think it's better to buy a VPS for several reasons. Some of these reasons are:
- VPS hosting offers a good balance between total control (Root Access Privilege)
- And an affordable budget.
- Having a VPS account is just like operating a dedicated server.
October 30th, 2013, 05:49 AM
It is a good article and I agree with you in most of the points. Still shared hosting will be the best option for small business websites when they have a very little data and expect a small crowd.
Originally Posted by eranet
November 2nd, 2013, 08:47 AM
I'm in favor of VPS since its really cheap day by day and some times free offer comes out from some providers, also IPv6 has been rolled out. So its fun to have vps and I feel protected with my Data.
November 4th, 2013, 02:51 AM
Really i appreciate the effort you made to share this knowledge. i agree with your idea completely.I also used a shared hosting because my data is too small.
November 13th, 2013, 10:05 PM
Thanks for posting this information it should and will help out a lot of web masters who are confused or want to learn more about these broad topics.
All this needs is a summary of reseller and dedicated hosting and it'll be a pretty ebook / group of information.
November 19th, 2013, 03:43 AM
Thanks a lot for sharing this information. Although it totally depends on your requirements, even I agree with the rest that despite VPS being comparatively a bit more expensive than shared hosting, it still is preferred choice out of the two.
Originally Posted by eranet