Getting Started: VPS Hosting vs. Shared Hosting
In this article, we will discuss the primary differences between hosting on a VPS solution as opposed to a Shared solution.
Let’s first start by defining what each one is…
A VPS (Virtual Private Server) is a “slice” of a dedicated server; you are given a specific amount of resources (Memory, CPU, Hard Drive, Etc.) that you and you alone can use.
A shared server is a large, very powerful dedicated server that is shared by a number of people. The amount of customers on each server can vary, based on a number of factors, such as how busy a server already is, its hardware specifications and other variables. Each user has access to the raw resources on the dedicated server.
Why Shared Hosting?
Shared Hosting has a lower price point because everyone is sharing a pool of resources. Because of this, it is normally a very good place to start your hosting venture. It offers enough power for you to host a reasonably active website without spending a lot of money on resources you don’t need yet.
Why a VPS?
With access to dedicated resources, you will not need to worry about problems that can sometimes happen on a shared hosting service. You have more control over your hosting environment, which allows you the flexibility to run your website(s) however you want to.
With a VPS, it’s very easy to upgrade or downgrade your account. This gives you an extremely scalable solution based on your needs. If your website is getting ready for a busy period, you can get access to more resources, and when it slows down again, you can downgrade and save some money!
What is the best option for me?
Choosing which service is best for you is easy! You can contact us 24×7, and we’ll guide you on what type of service you need. Generally, if you are just starting a new website, shared hosting should work just fine. As your site(s) become more popular, and is visited by hundreds, if not thousands of people, a VPS is recommended. Our support team will also let you know when it’s time to upgrade.
Is there anything I should be aware of when moving to a VPS?
Apart from being able to scale your resources up and down at will? Yes, it’s important to understand how a VPS will perform. While you will have greater flexibility with a VPS, and dedicated resources, depending on the VPS plan you select, the sum of those resources will not equal those of a big powerful dedicated server that we use for our shared hosting customers. That means if you’re on a VPS plan that provides you the minimum amount of resources your website needs to run, you may not see an increase in website load speeds or overall performance. That’s okay though, because our VPS plans can be upgraded or downgraded at any time! If you need an increase in performance, our support team can seamlessly upgrade you to a VPS plan that provides more resources.