You’ve probably seen a lot of sites offering both shared hosting and VPS hosting. If you looked at them both you probably also saw that VPS is way more expensive. Like five times more expensive! But why is this? Let’s make sure that we all know what we’re talking about here. VPS stands for virtual private server, and shared hosting speaks for it’s self. In this article I’m going to show you the features of both and what’s best for you.
Virtual Private Server (VPS)
VPS is a virtualized server that works like Virtual Box on which you can run an operating system other than your own. You could for example have a Windows PC with a Linux system installed on a Virtual Box. VPS works the same way, it’s a combination of shared hosting and a dedicated server. It’s a server divided into multiple virtual servers that all run their own operating system. You’ll only be able to see your own server and you’ll have root control over it.
For many instances it has the functionality of a dedicated server. VPS hosting is very flexible compared to shared hosting. You often can pick the amount of processors, RAM, OS and much more, just like when you buy a computer. With this flexibility however comes complexity and you have to know what you’re doing before buying an expensive VPS.
I recommend asking someone who’s an expert or the hosting company you want to buy it at which system is right for you. Your requirements depends on the software you want to install on the VPS. Most hosting companies will be happy to help you with this.
Pros of VPS
The benefits of VPS are huge, I’ll list them for you below.
- You have root control
- Less expensive than dedicated server, but same functionality
- Put together your own system
- Highly flexible
- Install any software
- Site speed doesn’t on how much other sites use with the same host (like with shared hosting)
Cons of VPS
There are however, also a few cons with VPS hosting.
- A lot more expensive than shared hosting
- High complexity
- Can be daunting at first
I personally think the benefits of VPS are greater than the cons, because eventually VPS you’ll learn VPS and it will be easy to use. There are many YouTube videos on it that explain exactly how to use it.
Shared hosting is used by most websites and is the easiest, most straightforward form of hosting. With shared hosting you won’t have root control and you share a server with others. You can not pick your own OS, processors or memory. You’re often bound to standard plans that have predefined features. So, there’s low flexibility. A hosting provider sets strict rules on what you can and can not do with these shared hosting plans.
It’s not all bad though, it’s not for nothing most websites use this type of hosting.
Pros of Shared Hosting
There are many reasons you should stick with shared hosting instead of VPS.
- It’s way cheaper!
- It’s very easy to use
- Suitable for most websites
- You can’t mess up your server that bad since you don’t got root access. Worst that could happen is crashing your site because of a PHP error.
Cons of Shared Hosting
There are also a few downsides on shared hosting.
- No root access
- Not flexible
- You can’t pick your own OS
- Rules on what you can’t and can do with your hosting
- Often slower than a VPS if you have a large website
So Which one Should I pick
If you have a stretched budget and you need flexibility to the max I suggest VPS hosting. If you just want to host a website with not huge amounts of content and don’t need any of the bells and whistles you get with VPS, shared hosting is enough for you. Weigh all the pros and cons of both types up against each other and draw your own conclusion.
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