Shared hosting has been the cheapest option for startups. The biggest difficulties coming in the way of startups is handling out heavy traffic. Once the traffic is good enough to kickstart sales and many other operations, shared hosting is no more the option. In this topic, we’re going to cover up what is the difference between shared hosting and VPS hosting and what you should choose.
Before we begin, let’s see what each of the concepts mean.
Shared hosting is a way for providers to provide web hosting service to the client(s). Shared hosting servers are basically servers on which multiple hosting accounts and domains are hosted. This allows the provider to cut down the cost of multiple servers, IPs and what not. The provider only allows you to use a portion of the server and the other portion is shared with another client. Another client shares the server resource, ie ram, CPU and etc.
Advantages of Shared Hosting:
- Most affordable option
- Easy to use cPanel provided by the hosting provider
- Databases can be handled easily
- FTP Account can be created easily
- Good for small websites.
And the disadvantages of the shared hosting is listed:
- Your resources are shared.
- If the main server is attacked, you’ll face downtimes.
- Not good for heavy operations and big themes for WordPress as CPU overload
- Would show error 503 or any other related error if you exceed traffic
Now let’s take a look over VPS as an option.
VPS or VDS hosting are quite different as VPS hosting gives you everything dedicated except network speed and CPU cores are shared, making them vCPU or virtual CPU. Whilst VDS provides a better option where the only network is shared while your ram, space, CPU cores and everything is dedicated to you. Consider it almost the dedicated server but with a little share-care stuff.
Let’s take a look over the advantages and disadvantages of VPS(not VDS).
VPS’s Advantages –
- You have root access.
- Can make changes to php settings within the server to increase/decrease memory/upload and other limits which are default by PHP(this is possible in shared too but in VPS, it gives you the full option).
- Space is dedicated so you don’t have to worry about running out of space.
- Depends on virtualization, you get a better option to run scripts which takes a lot of resource usage.
Let’s take a look over the disadvantages of VPS.
VPS’s Disadvantages –
- You don’t have pre-installed cPanel provided to you.
- You don’t have file manager given to you.
- You have to set up everything manually.
- Email servers are hard to setup
- Your core and network are shared among other clients on the main node
Now let’s check out for VDS Hosting and see how better we do get in here.
VDS or Virtual Dedicated Server is quite similar to VPS except almost everything given to you is dedicated and your virtualization is confirmed to be KVM(better than OpenVZ/OVZ). Let’s see some advantage and disadvantages of VDS Hosting.
- Your core isn’t shared with anyone. It is dedicated to you.
- You have root access
- You can run heavy operations on the VDS.
- You get KVM virtualization(mostly) which is a lot better in terms of heavy operations.
Not everything is perfect, isn’t it? Let’s check out the disadvantages of VDS Hosting.
- Your network speed is shared
- You don’t get any panel for hosting related stuff like cPanel
- Email servers are hard to setup
- You have to do everything manually, the service is unmanaged(if so).
Which one is better?
As we see above, a better option might be a bit hard. But once you are running big, you should probably not wait on shared hosting as it brings many cons over pros in your business since downtime would be constant at peak hours due to heavy load. But if you’re a newbie, setting up VDS/VPS might be quite hard for you as it requires technical skills for you to setup website on a fresh virtual server.
So in better option, I would suggest VDS/VPS over shared hosting if you’re going big. It will allow you to run big operations according to your resources and would not interrupt due to lag if so within the limits. My final thoughts would be to support VDS. If you have any difficulties, you can hire a freelancer to do the work.