Choosing the appropriate host for your blog or online business isn’t a menial task. It is perfectly okay if you feel overwhelmed or confused by the blown out battle of Linux VPS vs Shared Hosting. There are numerous hosting options and this doesn’t make the decision making process for the right webhost any easier.
This article provides all the information you need to know in order to make the right decision when choosing between a virtual private server (VPS) hosting and shared hosting.
In shared hosting, numerous users are put on one server. This has the benefit of providing cheap hosting rates to clients because they share resources. The hosting company can put hundreds or sometimes thousands of users on the same server. This way, they are able to maintain low hosting charges and at the same time improve their bottom lines, but do you?
Shared hosting is cheap, and you cannot expect much where much is not invested. The shared resources are limited and available for grabs by whoever comes first. For example, if there’s one powerful website that takes 70% of the bandwidth, then it means that only 30% is left available for the others.
Additionally, malicious attacks targeted on one site stored in a shared server can extend the teething troubles to the rest of the users of the server. This is usually termed as “bad neighbor effect”.
And that’s not all, problems with shared hosting are highly unpredictable, meaning that you cannot anticipate them and your website can experience long periods of downtime.
This is what you get with most of the web hosting companies. Our shared hosting plans on ShapeHost are stable and we do not have security issues. Even though, for big and serious projects we highly recommend our Linux VPS plans.
Linux VPS Hosting
Virtual Private Server hosting or VPS hosting can be thought of server inside a bigger server. VPS hosting offers numerous advantages over shared hosting. In pure technical terms, VPS hosting still occurs in a “shared” environment if two or more users are assigned the same physical server. However, the technology applied in assigning resources as well as in separating users is a big step up from shared hosting.
The main distinction between VPS servers and shared hosting is in the allocation of resources. The number of users put on the same machine in VPS hosting is much less compared to shared hosting. Furthermore, each user has a ‘private’ environment and resources, essentially making it appear like they have separate private servers.
On the one hand, shared hosting is a first come, first served or free-for-all policy where the user who takes the resources before the rest will use them. For instance, if a machine has 32GB memory, then one or two sites (out of the many hundreds or thousands) can possibly grab and use nearly all of it. On the other hand, resources in VPS hosting are divided up beforehand. For instance, low cost VPS plans can have an allocation of 2GB for every user. The different users would have up to 2GB available memory and they can use the much they need without exceeding their individual 2GB allocation.
The allocation of resources to individuals in VPS hosting allows for a more predictable and stable environment. Can you still exhaust your memory allocation? If your website goes viral and gets thousands of traffic overnight, surely all your memory can be consumed.
However, ShapeHost enables you to have additional memory if and when need arise. What’s more, your blog will not be harmed by the activities of other sites or users hosted by the same machine. VPS hosting offer better security to all users.
When should you switch to VPS hosting
Nearly everybody concedes that VPS hosting wins the battle between Linux VPS vs shared hosting. Clearly, if you want to be a serious blogger or if you take your online hustle seriously, then virtual private server should be the automatic option.
However, many users prefer to start with the cheap shared hosting citing financial constraints and low traffic at the beginning of their online businesses, only to regret later. They forget that a good site with impressive uptime and usability on the part of their prospective clients is the pillar of their money-making efforts.
As such, it is better to spend a little more on the site rather than get stuck with a stationary website. Furthermore, we have low cost Linux VPS plans to get you started.