You have decided to launch a website for your business. However, you need to find a hosting provider that will supply you with some server space for that new website. Probably, you have already read a few articles in order to find a perfect solution. It can definitely be overwhelming as there are so many options to choose from. How would you even know which one to pick if you have no background knowledge? We are here to help you out! In this article, we will define Shared Hosting and VPS, explain the differences between these hosting services, and give a bit of advice on what to look for and how to choose what best fits your needs.
What is Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting is a type of hosting, where the server’s resources are shared between several users, who are on the same shared hosting server. While Shared Hosting is the cheapest option of them all, it could possibly have a few drawbacks for your business if not chosen correctly.
Whom and what is it good for?
Personal website/blog or the small company website;
Very limited or small budget;
Have no background or/and do not know much about managing servers (Linux or Windows).
The easiest option for complete beginners;
No requirement of prior technical knowledge or experience;
The cheapest hosting option.
Usually has less power than a VPS;
No root access;
Likely to experience errors in case of high traffic;
Lack of software choice, this is a shared environment and if you want a specific MariaDB version, such can not be provided.
What is VPS?
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server and the entire server system is provided to you, it is not shared with other customers. Unlike with Shared Hosting you have full administrative control to configure and install server apps and also you have system resources such as CPU, RAM and SSD dedicated to your hosting service. For this reason, VPS comes at a higher price in comparison to Shared Hosting.
Whom and what is it good for?
If you are planning to expand your business;
Your business is already fast-growing and you see an increase in your traffic and the need for more system resources;
You have a somewhat large budget for your website improvement.
- You need the ability to customize server configuration and install specific software versions and apps.
Most resources are dedicated;
You can install specific software.
More pricey than Shared Hosting;
Requires technical expertise in system administration to be managed.
If you are still unsure about the difference, we will illustrate it with a real-life example. Think of Shared Hosting as the student dorms, where everyone enters through the same door, and while each of them has their own bed, they still have to share the stove and refrigerator. Now, continuing the analogy, VPS would be a separate apartment, where the inhabitant has the whole property to themselves with their own entrance, bathroom, telephone line, and so on. Almost nothing is shared with anybody else (only things like elevator and for VPS analogy it will be the network infrastructure, which is shared).
VPS hosting provides you with options for more resources and scalability. With it you get root access, which allows you to install any software you need to run your site or an application. It is also a good solution to host more projects in one service.
Considering the above-stated information, we would highly recommend getting Shared Hosting to complete beginners with no prior knowledge or expertise in managing servers. Also please have in mind that our Shared Hosting is carefully configured to be more performance oriented and is very similar to how resources are allocated to a VPS - each of our shared hosting plans have CPU cores and RAM memory.
If you have any questions related to this article or the services we offer, please, do not hesitate to contact us.