What is the difference between Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Dedicated Hosting
With all the different types of hosting available, it can be confusing as to which one is right for you. Do you choose shared, a VPS, or a Dedicated server? In this article, we'll cover the basics of the differences between Shared, VPS, and Dedicated Hosting and their differences so you can find which type is the right one for you to start off using.
Hosting Platform Analogies
Shared Hosting includes our Business Class Hosting Plans. Shared Hosting is very similar to living in an Apartment Complex. All residents are in the same location and must share the available resources with everyone - such as the pool, parking lot, and play ground. In shared hosting, all accounts (sites) must share the available resources with all the other accounts on the server - such as CPU time, memory, and disk space.
VPS Hosting includes our 256M, 512M, and 1024M VPS Hosting Plans. VPS Hosting is similar to owning a Condo. While you still share things on the property, you are ultimately responsible for maintaining your own property and repairs inside the condo. There is also significantly less residents per building and assigned parking. On a Virtual Private Server, you are allotted resources that are not shared by everyone. The over all CPU time and memory are shared across all accounts on the machine, but at the same time portions of those resources are always dedicated to each account. This allows for more power and flexibility than being on a shared account. For more information see the following PDF.
Dedicated Hosting includes our Essential, Advanced, and Elite Dedicated Server Hosting Plans. Dedicated Hosting can be compared to owning a house. You are allowed and have access to all resources available on the machine. No one else's account resides on the machine (your house) and would not be capable of tapping into your resources. For more information see the following PDF.
Now that you know a little bit more about hosting, which is right for you? A VPS or dedicated server? Click here to learn more about which is right for you.
Apartment living to Condo living
Shared accounts are great for most users. You can host all sorts of applications (such as WordPress or Joomla), and there are plenty of email accounts to go around. If you compare Shared Hosting to Apartment living, possible times for upgrading may include:
- A Growing family: If your family grows more than what your apartment can handle, then it may be time to move up. For example, you may need another bedroom or an extra bathroom for the kids. Moving to a Condo can give you that extra bedroom / bathroom that you need. In shared hosting, if your website becomes very popular, you may need to upgrade to VPS Hosting so that you have more CPU and Memory alloted to your account to handle all of the new traffic to your site.
- Customizations: If you love the color red and want to paint your walls red, you may not have permission (being in an apartment) to paint any walls. Moving up to a Condo gives you more ownership of your space, allowing you to paint and decorate however you choose. If you require software that is not available in Shared Hosting, Upgrading to VPS hosting will allow you to install any software that you would like!
Condo Living to Single Family Home Living
Keeping with the Condo analogy, you have a lot of control, but you don't have complete control. If you invite a band to play in your living room, others in the Community are going to hear the noise and may complain. If a friend / relative needs to move in with you, you're not going to be able to build an addition to help accommodate them. There are many reasons that a Condo was great for you at one point in your life, but you're at the point where you have a big family and there's a lot going on every day. You may decide to buy a single family home, where you'll have plenty of parking, extra bathrooms, and a big back yard to play with the dogs.
VPS Servers are great for mid sized businesses. You have a virtualized private server in which you can setup and tweak exactly the way you need to. You can host an unlimited number of websites, and there are really no restrictions, other than your usage of your server's CPU time and memory. A VPS Server is not a Dedicated Server, so you are still on a server with other users. As you're sharing a server, your actions can still affect other users. If you have a very busy website, dominating the server's CPU time and memory could cause performance issues with other users on the same server. If you are running a script that is not optimized and runs out of control, it can disrupt not only your site, but could affect the server as a whole and possibly cause downtime for others users on the same server.
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2014-03-03 2:40 am
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2014-07-22 1:19 am
Great Content and very much useful for a beginner like. Thanks a lot .
2014-07-22 9:09 am
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2014-08-01 4:31 am
I can say that you can use web hosting services according to your business needs. I would go for a dedicated server because it is used for big companies and institutions and you have full control over the server.
2014-08-08 2:27 pm
Great explaination about different type of hostings. What hosting should I choose for a site receiveing over 15k-20k pageviews per day? My site is - http://www.***********.net
2014-08-08 3:24 pm
Thank you for our question. Since it really depends on the nature of your website, please contact our Sales team. They are very knowledgeable, and will be happy to review your specific needs.
If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
2014-08-11 4:05 am
Thats a great post on shared and vps hosting.nicely explained its usage.Thanks for sharing! Quite useful information, nicely outlined.
2014-09-01 5:29 am
very helpfull and i loved the way it is compared so even a layman can understand
2014-09-22 10:58 am
Wow, great article. The metaphors are fantastic and really helped differentiate everything without being to complex.
Thank you so much for clearing my doubts.
2014-09-27 9:05 am
Its wonderful example to convince clients to move from shared to VPS and VPS to dedicated
2014-11-12 7:11 am
Thank you so much for this article. At last I can understand the differences between the different types of hosting.