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The Real Difference Between Web Hosting Options

May 9, 2016 Hosting
Most people that have heard of website hosting are generally aware of the three most common systems – shared hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Server), and a dedicated server. What people don’t know, however, is the real difference between these options and who they’re best for. We’re here to de-mystify the technical shroud that surrounds these differences so you can have a crystal clear understanding of what each option is.
  • Shared Hosting:

Shared hosting is exactly that: the option where multiple users share a single server.  Regarded as the most economic choice, this comes as the cheapest option in almost all cases, but for a reason. If your site is receiving thousands of views per day and has videos  + plugins running at the same time, you would not be an ideal candidate for this option. Shared hosting is simply not built to handle this kind of power. Shared hosting is designed only to accommodate less expansive websites. If you’ve recently started a serious web-traffic growth strategy on a basic shared hosting plan, upgrading your hosting plan next should be a high priority. But with a good host, security updates, server software installs, and technical support are all included in a shared hosting package. And websites hosted on shared hosting often have easy-to-use control panels like cPanel that give the user direct management of their website. Also remember that with shared hosting, running lots of media (videos, hi-res images, plugins, CSS) on your site is not recommended due to lower performance capability. However there are more powerful share packages to consider if you want to allocate this. shared hosting package Who should go for Shared hosting? If you’re a startup company that just wants an online presence, or maybe you’re a small mom-and-pop shop that only attracts the limited local customers – basic shared hosting is for you. If you’re a growing business that’s starting to see more and more visitors per day but still aren’t using your website for complex interactions, then one of the more powerful shared hosting plans will work just fine.
  • VPS (Virtual Private Server):

VPS (Virtual Private Server) is virtual in that it allows a physical server to function as a private server, virtually. One physical server is split up into individual private servers that essentially functions as its own dedicated server, except with less power. With VPS you can install any software you want because of its root access, which gives you the ability to draw more value out of the server. It’s more powerful, more customizable, more flexible, but also more expensive. Who should go for a VPS? The users who have sites with a large volume of visits and complex tasks being performed want VPS. You’d choose to use a VPS if you wanted to be economical, but also have a lot going on with your website and a growing business to accommodate. Load tests on your website should tell you exactly what level of VPS server hosting you’re going to need. There are some extremely powerful VPS packages out there that should be considered before looking towards a dedicated server.
  • Dedicated Server:

Having a dedicated server is like owning the house and living alone. You can make whatever changes you want and have full control over how things go. If your website is seeing many thousands of daily visits, hosts its own high resolution media, and has a large number of independent functions, this is the best option for you. But of course, it’s also by far the most costly. Who should go for a Dedicated Server? Dedicated servers are really designed for large enterprise companies that need to perform many different tasks and calculations at the same time. A dedicated server also offers more value to companies that have an in-house IT team with Linux knowledge as they can use the server for many different purposes.

The Real Differences

Shared packages can actually be quite powerful, especially if you have simple media uploads. What we find that truly sets the VPS and shared options apart are their differences in ease-of-use. Shared hosting gives you a simple, straightforward set of controls over your website with cPanel. There’s not a ton of flexibility in shared hosting but for those without much IT knowledge that doesn’t matter. Share hosting also tends to appeal to people looking to find a good deal as many packages are labelled as “unlimited” when it comes to bandwidth. What should be remembered is that one server can only offer a certain amount of bandwidth as a total and that total is being share with multiple websites. VPS hosting does take a certain set of IT skills that many perceive to be out of their reach, and nor do they intend to learn a new IT skill like Linux. Thus, the somewhat lower demand for VPS hosting in smaller companies. But with 99.9% uptime, a money back guarantee, and 24/7 support, there’s not much to lose. Check out the custom shared hosting packages we’ve set up or the powerful VPS hosting options you can use.

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