Before choosing a web host, it’s important to work out what type of hosting you need, whether it’s shared or VPS,
Hopefully, this article has provided you a solid overview of the different options available.
If you’re starting out with your first website, it’s a good idea to start small with a reputable shared hosting plan. You can always upgrade and migrate your site to VPS, dedicated or cloud hosting later as your site grows.
Here we mention some pros and cons of both VPS and shared hosting
Shared hosting is the most popular option for people building their first website.
When you sign up for shared hosting, the hosting company will put your website on a server along with hundreds, if not thousands, of other websites. This means each customer has to share space and resources on the server with every other customer, including CPU time, memory and disk space.
- It’s cheap. Some hosting companies charge as little as $3.95 a month.
- It’s a beginner-friendly. It’s easy to get started with shared hosting compared to other hosting options.
- Security, upgrades, and maintenance of the server are managed for you.
- It can be slow. With so many other websites running on the same server, your page load times may suffer.
- Security isn’t guaranteed. You don’t know who else is using the same server, so if one site has a memory leak or is hacked, your site could be affected.
Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting
VPS is similar to shared hosting in that your website shares a server with other sites, but there are fewer sites sharing space and resources and the server is partitioned out into different virtualized server environments. Unlike shared hosting, VPS usually provides baseline resources that you’re guaranteed, as well as additional resources available at a moment’s notice should your site experience a traffic spike.
- More affordable than a dedicated server and you pay for what you need.
- More secure. In order to segment the server properly, the host installs a layer of software that dedicates part of the server to you, which make is completely separate from other customers.
- It’s fast. You are allocated more resources compared to shared hosting.
- Some server companies oversell their servers, hoping that every site currently using a particular server won’t have a peak traffic day.
- More expensive than shared hosting.
- If you choose an unmanaged VPS, it may be difficult to configure, taking longer to get your website up and running.
It all depends on what you are looking to do, and what your skill set is. If you have no server management knowledge and just want to get a website up and running, then shared hosting will be best, as everything is set up for you.
If you have knowledge of server administration, or are looking to learn it, then VPS will give you a lot more flexibility and ability to customise the setup. You’ll be able to choose which database platform you use, which web server you want to use and many other things.
You could alwyas start out with shared hosting and move to VPS in future, once you’ve played around with either a VPS service, or with virtual machines on your computer to learn server admin.
Personally, I’m a dedicated server person. I have one site on shared hosting which is being re-built and will be moved, one site on my dedicated server, and I have a VPS which I play around with and break stuff, and then re-image so I can learn new things.
VPS hosting is the next level of hosting is above of shard hosting. It contains the best elements of shared hosting.
- No sharing of servers with others
- More powerful than shared hosting
- Usually better performance and faster loading times
- Full control over server
- More Secured
- No threat on privacy
- Higher cost
- Sometimes required more technical set up process
Shared hosting simply means sharing of server. Single server is shared by many users, all resourses like disk space, memory, bandwidth, internet data are shared.
- No complex setup process
- There’s more than one website on the same server
- Resources are limited
- You don’t have full control over server or the performance
- Security of server is at bit risk