28 Jan

Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Dedicated Hosting – Why so much hosting?! – By: Justin Clutter

With all the different types of hosting available, it can be confusing when you try to make the right decision. Do you choose shared, VPS, or dedicated hosting? In this article we will cover the basics of the different types of hosting plans, so you can find which type fits your needs.

Hosting Platforms – What makes them different?

Shared Hosting

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. These may include such things as the pool, parking lot, and play ground. In shared hosting, all accounts must share the available resources with all the other accounts on the server. These include CPU time, memory, and disk space.

VPS Hosting

VPS (Virtual Private Server) 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 are also significantly less residents per building and assigned parking. On a VPS, you are allotted resources that are not shared by everyone. The overall 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.

Dedicated Hosting

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 and would not be capable of tapping into your resources.

Server Resources

(When is it time to move up?)

Regardless of which type of hosting you choose, your website will reside on a server. When someone visits your page, the server’s CPU and Memory will work together to send that visitor the page they requested. There are cases in which your website may use too much CPU or Memory to serve those pages, and that is when you will need to upgrade your account.

Apartment living to Condo living – Upgrading from Shared to VPS

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 to VPS Hosting, here are some good reasons to upgrade:

A Growing family: If your family grows more than what your apartment can handle, then it may be time to move up. If your website becomes popular, you may need to upgrade to VPS Hosting for more CPU and Memory for your account. This will allow you to handle all the new traffic coming to your site.

Customizations: 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 – Upgrading from VPS to Dedicated Hosting

Keeping with the same analogy, with a VPS, you have a lot of control, but you don’t have complete control. 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. You can host an unlimited number of websites, and there are really no restrictions, other than 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. This can cause possible downtime or severe lag for other users on the same server. At this point, it is time to move into your own home (dedicated server). This allows you all the freedom of home ownership with no sharing of any kind. You control how your lawn looks, the color it is painted etc. With a dedicated server, you control all the resources, updates, security and responsibility that comes along with owning your very own home…errrr…server!

I hope this better helps you understand the differences between the types of hosting available to you on the internet! If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at sales@opus-3.com! We look forward to helping you!


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