There seems to be a strange confusion arising among many potential beginners as to what differences they get between shared and VPS hosting. On the face of it, both of them are very similar on paper – They both share resources from one server, they are both incredibly affordable and they are hosted by some of the best cloud server providers for the end user on a tight budget, especially compared to renting out dedicated servers. But there are a few key differences in the way they both operate which I shall try to point out whilst stating the pros and cons of each:
·Shared Environment Types: Shared hosting, as the name suggests, is one single server shared between multiple users. Many such users often have low traffic websites or blogs which don’t require much power of have a lot of traffic directed to them at once. The key difference between the shared environments of VPS and Shared hosting is that VPS has an isolated virtual environment that is completely dedicated to you and no other users can enter the environment. It is more similar to a dedicated server at much cheaper rates. On the other hand, on shared hosting, your website or blog is based on a hosting environment/platform on the same server but has no virtual environments to separate your data.
·Prices: Because of the lack of virtual environments, the prices can be much more affordable as multiple users operating from a single point is always more cost effective. However because the shared environments in a VPS is often set up by the company, it is a little more expensive than shared hosting as even though the resources are still shared, you have exclusive access to a limited amount of resources such as a few cores in a 24 core server or a finite amount of RAM from the server, which aren’t shared with other users on the server.
·Flexibility: There is little to no option of flexibility in a shared hosting service. You get a limited amount of disk space and memory which is shared across users. While shared hosting poses no problems with users with low traffic, it can be a bit restraining if your site is growing. However, since VPS is run on a virtual environment, it is technically possible to get additional resources on request like more processing power or RAM. While it won’t be possible to get performance that you get from quad core dedicated servers, it is still better than shared servers.
·Security: Shared environments have little in the way of security due to the lack of virtual environments. Any attack on one of the hosted websites on the shared server could possibly mean that you website is at a risk too. Things are bit different with a VPS however. Despite being hosted on the same server, their virtual environment protects them from any virtual attack on a separate domain on the same server. So, unless the damage is ph
ysical, it has almost the same security as a dedicated server.
So, choose your best dedicated server provider depending on your needs. And always remember to check for a good deal that has a balance of price to performance while opting to go the shared server route.