There is always a conflict when deciding whether to use a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or a shared server for your business or personal use. Both of these approaches have their advantages and disadvantages and we are going to look at each to determine the best approach to take.
Virtual private server
This is where a company buys a virtual machine from an internet hosting company. The machine is sold as a service and it runs its own operating system enabling users to have high level access to the operating system.
Advantages of a virtual private server
- Enables the user to have high level access to the operating system hence ensuring more control over the server as opposed to when using shared hosting.
- It is cheaper than having the physical server in a fully dedicated hosting plan.
- The different VPS plans can be customized to fit the customer’s needs, therefore you pay for what you need.
- You get to enjoy considerable technical support as the shared hosting.
- It is easy to upgrade your plan as you gradually grow to need other features present in the other costly VPS plans
- It is more expensive than shared hosting.
- There may be problems on the server because some hosts have a lot of virtual accounts and they don’t allocate enough space for them. Ensure to confirm the number of accounts a web host has before choosing them.
In this case the web hosting company uses one web server to provide multiple web pages to multiple websites. Each website is then given its own domain name. It’s usually sufficient for websites with small traffic and is usually the cheapest form of web hosting.
Advantages of VPS
- It is cheaper than any other web hosting plan.
- Shared hosting is highly ideal for websites with low traffic.
- There is a lot of technical support given to the user.
- Shared hosting is easy to use even for people without any technical knowledge on how to host their own websites.
- There is a simple control panel that helps you manage your own website.
- It is not so secure.
- It has limited disk space and cannot be used for websites with large traffic.
- The customer has limited control.
- It is not possible to customize the system files.
Overall, using a VPS is the best option because it has many advantages for the user than disadvantages. The security, convenience and control it gives the user is worth it, at the extra cost. Shared hosting is cheap but the many limitations it provides for the users is a big challenge. Using some extra cash to get yourself a VPS web host is the best option.