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So, you’ve decided to start a website, but you need to find a hosting provider that can supply you with server. There are many types of hosting services available, made to support different types of sites, so it can get overwhelming. You don’t need to worry, because we’ll talk about the two most popular types of web hosting to suit your needs — Shared hosting vs VPS hosting.
What is Shared Hosting?
Imagine shared hosting as living in an apartment where you have to share places such as the pool, backyard, or a parking lot. In this case, your site will share the same CPU, disk space, and memory with other users who are on the same shared hosting server.
Shared hosting is the cheapest option among all. Unfortunately, your site might have limited bandwidth and will get slow when there’s a lot of traffic crowding websites on the same server as you are.
You can enjoy the pool when it is not crowded, yet you still have to anticipate when everyone goes in, and things get cramped — shared hosting is a lot like that.
Why Choose Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting it’s a great choice if you are small business and just starting, or if you are developer and have one or multiple small websites like blog, ecommerce or just general business website.
BrickellHost’s shared hosting comes with LiteSpeed servers, dedicated resources for each account, Free daily backups, Free and Unlimited SSL certificates, Free website migration and a lot more features.
What is VPS Hosting?
With VPS hosting you’ll still be sharing one physical server, but each user gets a specified set of resources, meaning that other websites on the same server won’t affect you, unlike with shared hosting. VPS hosting provides a dedicated virtual partition for each user, making sure resources are always available to you. Of course, VPS comes at a higher price than shared hosting.
If we’re going to use the same analogy as before, then a VPS partition is like owning a penthouse, or a condo — there are many apartments like it in the building, but you have everything you need and don’t have to share it with anyone else.
We offer managed VPS hosting, that comes with one cPanel license, pre-installed Unlimited SSL certificates, Free domain name, Unlimited hosted websites with Full root access.
Now, maybe you are asking yourself, what is it managed VPS Hosting? There are unmanaged and managed VPS hosting, but at BrickellHost we offer only one type, managed VPS Hosting, which is easier for our clients to work on their websites and not to worry about server management. I have written article, with explained difference between unmanaged and managed VPS hosting.
When you order a managed VPS hosting from BrickellHost, you will receive fully functional VPS server ready to host your website on. We are setting up everything for you, installation, setting up nameservers, installing all necessary apps, while you are focused on your business. Our managed VPS Hosting is supported by our experts, and we are taking care of your server updates, so you don’t have to worry or learn how to do this on your own.
Why Choose VPS Hosting?
If you are running business and plan to expand in future, if you have a larger budget to invest in your website or you have a large ecommerce website and you are expecting high traffic, then it will be best time to move on VPS hosting.
Comparison: Shared Hosting vs VPS Hosting
Since knowing the general definitions between Shared hosting vs VPS hosting is not enough, we will provide you with some comparisons between the two hosting types to help you better decide which one works best for you.
Security and Performance
Security is essential no matter what kind of website you own. Both hosting types are relatively secure and stable methods for hosting your site, but there are some differences.
With shared hosting, your site might be affected when there’s an error on another site. Also, if other sites eat up too much of the shared bandwidth, your website might get slowed down. This is especially crucial if your site hits high traffic numbers.
You can avoid this problem by using VPS, as the partitioned servers make sure each website works accordingly. However, if you lack the technical knowledge of how to take care of your virtual private server you should consider your options. When poorly managed, it can lead to a whole bunch of other problems.
If you are looking for more advanced options for your site, VPS hosting is more suitable than a shared hosting plan. It grants you root access to the server, you can install your own cPanel apps, re-install your server OS if you have to, and do a lot more with it.
In contrast, using a shared hosting plan limits you only to standardized server setups. This might be more convenient for people who don’t want to meddle with server management tasks on their own.
If you are agency, freelancer or developer and you have your own clients, you can host them on your VPS hosting, under separate accounts, so they can access their own control panel.
If you choose to host your site with shared hosting, there will be little to no technical maintenance required by you. Shared hosting providers will set up the shared server, install and upgrade the necessary software like the cPanel, and monitor the servers to avoid downtime and effectively taking care of the back end.
On the other hand, VPS hosting is slightly more complicated when managing resources. It needs somewhat more advanced knowledge to administrate and manage. Fortunately, VPS hosting lets you customize and configure applications and software to increase your website’s performance, offers root access, and allows you to tailor the back end to your needs. But still we offer managed VPS hosting, where we take care of major server updates and installing new software versions.
VPS hosting is much easier to scale up when compared to shared hosting. While shared hosting is a good option for a short-term plan or a small online website, you’ll have more trouble with the overall performance if your site reaches high traffic numbers or dedicated resources.
VPS hosting allows you to scale quickly and easily, and if you can predict your site growth, VPS hosting might be a great investment for your future.
Pricing: Shared hosting vs VPS hosting
Shared hosting wins hands down under this category. However, VPS web hosting prices do justify its greater advantage. Here’s a price table for BrickellHost’s shared hosting plans.
For comparison, here are BrickellHost’s VPS hosting plans:
While VPS hosting costs slightly more than the shared hosting plans, offers more storage space, much more bandwidth and resources when is compared to what shared hosting has to offer.
When to Upgrade Your Hosting Plan?
If you’re already using shared hosting and enjoying it, you might wonder when is the best time to upgrade to a VPS hosting plan. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
- Do I want more options and freedom for managing my server?
- Will I get a substantial increase in traffic in the future?
- Am I consider hosting more than one website someday?
No matter your choice, there are great benefits to both shared and VPS hosting options. You simply have to weigh in your options.
Your hosting plan is heavily based on what you expect from your website. VPS hosting provides you with advantages that shared hosting cannot offer. However, there are benefits to both hosting options.
Before you choose a web hosting plan for your site, consider what kind of features you’re most interested in. Here’s a short recap:
- Security and Performance. With shared hosting, you’re essentially sharing space with other users on the server. VPS hosting is much more stable and secure but does require additional technical knowledge.
- Server Administration. Shared hosting is much more suitable for beginners than VPS hosting, yet lacks the freedom of customization than the latter option.
- Scalability. VPS hosting is much more future proof than shared hosting.
- Pricing. Both plans have different prices with different benefits, but shared hosting plans is less expensive than owning a virtual private server.
At the end, the choice depends on whether you are just starting out and don’t need any additional features that other hosting types have to offer. No matter your pick, we hope that this guide has been useful to you.