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Choosing the right hosting solution for your website is not the easiest part of the online business. When you have to choose between VPS and Shared hosting, might be overwhelming since there are a lot of options, features, and the price difference between these two hosting solutions.
What is the difference between VPS and Shared Hosting?
In this article, we will help you to understand better and learn more, how VPS and Shared hosting are different solutions and see which one is better for you.
What is Shared hosting?
Shared Hosting allows multiple users or websites to be hosted on the same servers. The user’s on shared hosting, don’t see each other’s files, accounts, emails, databases. They are all isolated and they have their own login information, such as username and password. Each user has set limits for their own web hosting package and they can not go above that limit.
Shared hosting is the cheapest and the most affordable web hosting option for beginners or small websites that don’t require a lot of resources. However, a cheap and affordable web hosting plan comes with limitations. Most of the providers offer a good amount of storage and limits on hosted websites, it’s perfect for beginners and small businesses.
We have a full detailed article here about shared web hosting. You might want to check that first.
When you should use Shared hosting?
Shared hosting is ideal for small businesses that are just starting, small blogs, and e-commerce websites with low web traffic, or personal websites like online portfolios. And there are premium hosting plans that can handle high web traffic, but still, those plans are with limits.
We are offering a Premium shared hosting plan with high resources made for e-commerce websites. You can check our plans here to learn more about them.
Advantages of Shared Hosting
When you are using shared hosting, you don’t have to worry about server maintenance, any software updates, protecting the server data, and all admin work that is required at the back-end. Shared hosting it’s a great choice if you have minimal traffic or are just looking for hosting that’s easy to maintain.
- Cheapest and cost-effective hosting
- User friendly and easy to use control panel
- Not required any technical knowledge
- Provided maintenance and support
- Great for small websites
- Includes 3rd party apps and licenses
- Shared hosting enviorment
- Limited resources
- Slower website speeds
- You don't control your server
- You might hit server limits
What is VPS hosting?
VPS stands for “virtual private server.” It is a virtual machine on a single server or slice from an entire dedicated server. Each VPS server can run its own OS and it’s using a small portion of a dedicated server, while you have almost the same features of a dedicated server.
If you having trouble envisioning how it works, think of one building with small apartments. The entire building is a dedicated server, and each apartment is a VPS server, which is dedicated to you, and you are the only one that can manage it.
We have a full detailed article here about VPS hosting. You might want to check that first.
Advantages of VPS Hosting
Like shared hosting, VPS hosting offers a lot of its advantages. You are in full control of your server, you can configure it the way you want it. You will have a lot of monthly bandwidth and storage that are only yours and you don’t share them with anyone else.
- Better speed and performance
- Easily upgradable
- It is more secure and stable
- More control over the server
- Dedicated resources available only for you
- You can install any app that you need
- You don't share hosting enviorment
- Provided support for server maintenance
- More expensive compared to shared hosting
- Need some technical knowledge for maintenance
- The support is limited on Unmanaged VPS
When you should use VPS hosting?
It all depends on your needs and your website traffic and usage. Shared hosting it’s good for small websites, or some of the shared hosting plans are optimized for busy websites. But your website might be at some point where it gets a lot of traffic and it slows down due to limited resources on your shared hosting plan. If this happens to your website, then it’s time to move on to VPS hosting.
When to Move from Shared Hosting to VPS Hosting
Most of the users enjoying shared hosting since they don’t have to worry about maintaining their own servers and their websites are loading perfectly fine. But, it’s probably time to get serious about VPS hosting and switching to when:
- Your business is expanding.
- Your website gets a lot of daily traffic.
- Your e-commerce store gets a lot of sales which means you have a lot of visitors.
- When you reach the maximum limits on your shared hosting.
- You need more storage and dedicated resources only for you.
If your website requires more flexibility or you have high website traffic, then you should choose VPS hosting. If you don’t need the flexibility or you don’t have the technical skills to use it, then shared hosting will likely be fine.
If you really do need VPS hosting but don’t have the skills in-house, consider Fully managed VPS hosting If you choose BrickellHost, you will have complete support included with your server maintenance.