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Shared vs VPS vs Dedicated Web Hosting

Have you ever been overwhelmed by the choices and tech terms when choosing a web host for your business website? When it comes to web hosting there are many different options available. Each has their own merits, features and price points. That is why we’re going to take a closer look at shared hosting vs. VPS hosting vs. dedicated hosting.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is like sharing a room with others.

Shared hosting is like you are living in a room with a lot of friends. It means you must fit in the same room and you must split the cost of several things because it is affordable and cheap. However, several individuals are sharing the same space, it means everyone needs to live within a space with restricted resources among them. You will have to use the same things (that sounds a little unhygienic).

There are many website owners who prefer to use shared hosting services for the simple reason that it is easy to manage and affordable. Hosting service providers will take care of the server maintenance, so the web owners only need to focus on their site.

However, shared resources sometimes can have unforeseen circumstances, such as one website getting overloaded and hogging all resources on that server. This will affect the performance of other websites hosted together with it, until the hosting company resolves the issue.

VPS Hosting

VPS hosting is like an apartment complex.

Virtual Private Servers (VPS) allow you to store all files and data for your website on web space that has been configured to look and feel like a standalone dedicated server. VPS hosting is like you are living in an apartment complex. It means that other people are living in the same building, but you have your own secure apartment. You will get more room and restrictions will be fewer as compared to living in a dorm. It also means that if your neighbor is misbehaving, it is the problem of owner of building, not yours.

Similarly, in the case of VPS, there are several users that are using the same server, but they are isolated from each other. It means that no one will be affected by how much resources another is using. You will get the speed and security that you need without compromise. Unlike shared hosting, VPS usually provides baseline resources that you’re guaranteed, as well as additional resources available at a moment’s notice should your site experience a traffic spike. It is almost a perfect scenario because you will get the benefits of a private server with shared cost of services.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated server hosting is like a house.

Dedicated server hosting is like being the owner of a house. You are free to move anywhere within your property that you like. however, you will have to pay for the mortgage and bills and that can be expensive.

Similarly, in a real dedicated server, you will pay for the entire server that is not shared with anyone else. You will get complete control over all services. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive hosting option and needs some technical expertise to manage. It is commonly used by those who have websites with specific scenarios, most commonly extremely high traffic and tight security requirements.


Here’s a summary of what situations each solution is best suited.

Shared Hosting. Small websites with minimal traffic such as blogs and personal sites.

VPS Hosting. If shared hosting is too basic for your needs and you want dedicated resources and more control over your hosting environment, then a VPS could be the right fit for you.

Dedicated Hosting. Since dedicated hosting is quite pricey, it’s best suited to large businesses and high traffic websites that receive over 500,000 visitors per month and have the necessary technical staff to maintain the server. Dedicated hosting is also an ideal option if you have a business that requires a high level of security.

Before choosing a web host, it’s important to work out what type of hosting you need, whether it’s shared, VPS, or dedicated.

Hopefully, we’ve provided you a solid overview of the different options available to your business. Your next decision will be choosing a web hosting company and there are many more considerations, such as price, features, hardware, reputation and scalability to keep in mind. So, it’s a good idea to start small with a reputable shared hosting plan. You can always upgrade and migrate your site to VPS, or dedicated hosting later as your site grows.

Brett Salisbury, Xposure CMD

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Brett has served small businesses, driving growth and profits for his clients, for nearly 20 years.


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