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When You Should Use VPS Hosting Over Shared Hosting

August 5, 2016 Hosting
So you have just decided to create a website for yourself and are weighing the options of your web hosting plan. Turns out, Shared Hosting and Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting plans have you confused as they offer different features but similar in some aspects. So how do you decide VPS Hosting over Shared Hosting? In this article, we will cover the basics and compare the features of VPS hosting and Shared Hosting to facilitate your decision making.

Shared Hosting

Having a Shared Hosting product is similar to renting a room in an apartment; you will be sharing a common space with other neighbours. Everyone on the server are in the same location and will be sharing the available server resources amongst themselves.

VPS Hosting

VPS Hosting is like a hybrid between shared and dedicated hosting. Think of VPS Hosting as owning an apartment of a building, while you still need to share things on the property, you are entitled to your own resources within your apartment. Hence, sharing is not by everyone and you are offered more control and flexibility than being on a shared account.  

Shared Hosting vs VPS Hosting

Server Resources/Pricing

In general, pricing and the amount of server resources have a positive correlation. When price is higher, the amount of resources you get is also higher. Therefore, when comparing price, Shared Hosting plans will be cheaper as compared to VPS Hosting plans. You get what you pay for, so by shaving off a few dollars of your plan, you will limit the amount of resources available to you. Resources include server’s CPU and memory. Should there be high traffic to your website, the amount of CPU or RAM may not be enough to cater to your webpages and in some cases causing your site to go down. Hence, if your website seems to be growing bigger and you need more resources to handle the new traffic coming to your site, maybe it is time to consider signing on a VPS Hosting plan (which offers dedicated RAM for your use only).

Performance

Website performance is another difference between VPS Hosting and Shared Hosting. In Shared Hosting, performance is affected by the other websites hosted on the same shared server as resources are being shared. That means to say that your entire platform is not solely dependent on you but the other users as well. Hence, you might compromise a little on your website performance if you are using Shared Hosting plans. If you are looking for excellent performance and stability, VPS Hosting may then be the right choice for you.

Control

Now let’s touch on the aspect of control. VPS Hosting offers much more control than in Shared Hosting. In VPS Hosting, you can configure anything you wish on the server as you own it. You can have your own Operating System and can customize applications according to your preferences. Whereas in Shared Hosting, as you are restricted by your web host service provider, you may not have the permission to customize many areas. Hence, if customization is important in your web development, you should go for VPS Hosting as it will give you more ownership of your space which permits you more flexibility and control. It is important to note though, that with the given control you have in VPS Hosting, you might need to possess some technical skills for the maintenance of your website as you are the sole developer and maintainer. On the contrary, inept users might prefer Shared Hosting as you do not need liberal understanding in handling since technical maintenance is done by the web hosting service provider.   Below is an infographic comparison between VPS and Shared servers made by Reseller Club. VPS-vs-Shared-Final   In summary, when thinking of choosing VPS Hosting or Shared Hosting, you should look at the above factors for consideration. If you feel that your website is growing and you are compromising your performance due to the lack of resources, or if you simply want better control and customization of your website, then you might want to choose VPS Hosting over Shared Hosting. But just a tip, Shared Hosting is ideal for starters with small sites while VPS Hosting is for those venturing into handling big sites. For example, business websites are better suited with VPS hosting services. At the end of the day, you need to identify your needs and requirements before choosing a hosting plan. Big or small, choose which description fits your site and then work on that.     SINGHOST.NET provides unmanaged VPS hosting for as low as S$99/mth– you will have full control to administer your server as you please, while we ensure that your server has power and responds to ping. We believe in empowering you by providing the selection of hosting plans, virtualization platforms, Linux operating systems, Open Source web application frameworks, and web hosting reseller control panels which represent the solutions you will need to ensure your success.  

SINGHOST.NET provides shared Web Hosting and unmanaged VPS hosting – We believe in empowering you by providing the selection of hosting plans, virtualization platforms, Linux operating systems, Open Source web application frameworks, and web hosting reseller control panels which represent the solutions you will need to ensure your success.

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