What is the difference between Shared Hosting vs. VPS Hosting?
With all the various types of web hosting services available, it can be quite frustrating to know which one is right for you. Do you choose Shared hosting or a VPS? Compare the differences between shared and VPS below to make the right decision.
What is Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting is an easy and affordable way to get started on the web for websites that are not high traffic. Think of it like renting a room in a big house, you have your own small private space (your room) and you share the facilities in the house like the kitchen and bathroom. In hosting terms, your private room is your home directory and no one else can put their data in your home directory. It is yours alone. However you still have to share the major server resources with other sites, such as CPU, RAM (memory) and network connectivity.
What is VPS Hosting?
VPS Hosting is similar to leasing a Condo. While you still share things on the property, you are responsible for maintaining & making repairs inside your Condo. There are less residents per building and assigned parking spots. The resources you are allocated on a Virtual Private server are not shared except for the CPU time and memory, which are shared with other virtual private servers on the machine. This enables your site to have more resources and flexbility than traditional shared hosting.
When to move from Shared hosting to VPS hosting?
It's time to move from Shared Hosting to VPS Hosting if you fit into any of the following scenarios;
- Your website is consuming too many CPU and RAM resources.
- You need complete control of your hosting environment.
- You have a mailing list larger than whats allowed
- You are looking for performance improvements and stability
- You need custom module installed which is not suitable in shared environments