Shared Hosting vs. VPS
For every web hosting need, there is a corresponding suitable hosting plan available. Each web hosting comes with unique features fitting the special requirements at both individual and business level. While a hosting plan may be considered superb for a given hosting requirement it may turn out to disastrous for others. There are also inherent advantages and disadvantages associated with each hosting plan.
Shared hosting is more popular with user’s` who have minimal requirements, while dedicated hosting plan is a preference of large businesses that expect high traffic. The most attractive aspect of a shared hosting plan is its affordability while dedicated hosting has more disk space, bandwidth and data transfer which makes it more appealing to users with high traffic. The two are however at extreme ends and in between VPS serves those with considerably busy sites and is reasonably cheaper than dedicated hosting. VPS gives the user a measure of control by allocating separate operating system to individual users. This allows some independence since an individual’s configuration does not interfere with the rest of the users.
Though VPS account is primarily a form of shared hosting it has a separate operating system with all the necessary software. With enough resources akin to that of a dedicated hosting plan, VPS allows a user to operate multiple websites. It also allows customized configuration as it is well endowed with features.
VPS account is considered more secure than shared hosting. All the account holders in a shared hosting plan have access to the server that jointly hosts their sites. In the event of one of the sites being hacked the resulting damages are communally felt. The action of one of the users may also adversely affect the rest of the sites in terms of search engine ranking and can result to de-indexing of the sites. VPS accounts on the other side are separated – actions of one user or hacking of one of the sites have no effect on the rest.
The overall performance of a server in a shared hosting plan is determined by the joint actions of all the players. A high level of traffic from one of the user may clog the system resulting to downtime. There can also be a peak time when all the accounts are busy at the same time overloading the system which comprises the performance of the server. Contrary to shared hosting VPS accounts are autonomous and individuals account’s activities can not affect the rest of the users. Virtual private severs have enormous resources to accommodate multiple websites with high volume traffic. It allows users with changing needs the flexibility of upgrading or downgrading.Tags: Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting