Is VPS Hosting or Shared Hosting Right for Your WordPress Site?

One of the most common questions a business owner has revolves around which WordPress website hosting type is right for them. Is it VPS vs shared hosting or maybe dedicated? You want to be cost-conscious, but still have the bandwidth and operating power needed to run your website efficiently.

This often brings up the comparison between Shared Hosting and the managed VPS server. The good news, you can always upgrade or downgrade your plan if you realize later you may not have selected the right option. However, let us explain the pros and cons of shared and managed VPS hosting so you can make the best decision for now and the future.

Pros and Cons of Shared Hosting

Shared Business Hosting is typically an inexpensive option, so it’s immediately attractive for business owners. It’s also easy to set up, and you won’t have to make any significant changes to your server. This is because InMotion’s System Architecture team has optimized the shared server environment to be compatible with most popular website configurations. But, this also means that you have limited access to the server.

It’s important to note that with shared hosting you have to share resources with other customers on the same physical server. When you share a server, your website could slow down if another website experiences a high traffic volume. There are also more security concerns with shared hosting since any issues from another site could potentially transfer to, or at least affect the performance of, yours as well. A common example is if your shared IP address blacklisted because another user has been sending spam and spoofed emails.

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Pros and Cons of VPS Hosting

While shared hosting is usually the cheaper option, VPS hosting usually won’t break the bank. And when you compare the benefits, most business owners agree the slightly higher price is worth it for the benefits. Since you don’t have to share resources, your website performance will be fully dependent upon your website traffic and technical knowledge of speed optimization techniques.

Also, with a VPS you have the ability to request root access to your server and WebHost Manager (WHM), the application that allows hosting providers and resellers to manage cPanel accounts. This gives you full control (via SSH or WHM) of how your virtual server environment is set up and allows for custom configurations to the operating system. If you’re not sure if you need root access, see our guide When Do I Need Root Access?

Keep in mind that our plans are scalable, so you can upgrade at any time to support your business growth. There aren’t many drawbacks to VPS hosting, other than the price being a little more expensive and having defined storage and bandwidth limits.

Evaluate Your Business To Make The Best Decision

As with any business decision, you have to take a close look at your needs to determine whether shared hosting or VPS hosting is right for you. If you have a small website with minimal traffic, then shared hosting is likely a good fit. But if you need a little more flexibility and want more control over your website operations, then VPS hosting is the way to go. Incorporate the best WordPress VPS themes and you’ll be well on your way to designing the website you need to succeed.

So, Is It VPS or Shared Hosting?

InMotion Hosting offers WordPress website hosting as well as many other services to help your business website succeed. We often get asked which hosting service is right for any given business owner. While there’s no standard answer that fits everyone’s needs, there is a solution for every company. Regardless of what stage you’re at with your website development, contact us to learn about our hosting services and the many ways we can help your website succeed.

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Arnel Custodio Content Writer I

As a writer for InMotion Hosting, Arnel has always aimed to share helpful information and provide knowledge that will help solve problems and aid in achieving goals. He's also been active with WordPress local community groups and events since 2004.

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