Before starting a web project, one of the most common questions is to know what kind of server we’ll need for our website. From its capacity and performance to its advantages and price.
Actually, both hosting plans are shared, that is, multiple domains are hosted on the same server, and however, the virtual server (VPS) has much greater flexibility.
The fundamental difference is that a VPS is a software virtualization of a machine, there may be many machines within the same system, but each with an operating system and resources allocated for their own use. In essence, within a server (physical machine) there are multiple capsules (virtual machines) that are executed, configured and have resources independently of each other.
What is a Shared Hosting?
In the shared services, the client shares the server with other clients, that is, their website is hosted on a server with other clients, of course, no client has any access to data from other clients, which they share are Server resources like RAM, CPU. These servers are managed and monitored 24 hours a day by our technical staff. They use a standard configuration, and although various adjustments can be made to each website, there is no absolute freedom for it as it does on a VPS server.
What Is A VPS Server And What Are Its Advantages?
On the contrary, in a VPS server, the client has a server exclusively for him, he has his own resources of RAM, CPU, disk, IPS, etc. and it isn’t shared with other customers. We offer these servers in managed mode, where our technical department will solve any problem you have with your server, updates, configurations, migrations, etc. We also have them in unmanaged mode, designed for clients with a lot of knowledge where they manage their own server.
So, when should we change to a VPS server? There are multiple reasons that can lead us to hire a VPS server or change from shared hosting to VPS, these are the main ones.
Independence. Although shared hosting is very secure and customers don’t share information with each other, some people prefer to have a private server for their data.
Increase. Although shared hosting supports a lot of traffic, when our website grows in a number of visits, traffic, disk resources, etc., it is advisable to change to a VPS server. The VPS server tends to be better than a shared hosting server in terms of performance and traffic.
Application execution. In shared hosting, it isn’t possible to execute all kinds of applications, in a VPS server there will be no limitation to execute the application you want, as long as it is compatible with the operating system of your server.
Personalization. In shared hosting, when sharing the server with other clients, there are limitations in terms of making adjustments to the websites. However in a VPS server, you can make all the adjustments you need for your websites, there is no limitation in this regard.
Characteristics of a Shared Hosting
Below we indicate which the main characteristics that define shared hosting are.
Scalable: one of the great advantages that a shared hosting provides is that it is easily scalable. Thus, if a certain user subsequently needs to expand the capacity of the hosting, it can take a qualitative leap towards the VPS hosting.
Security: regarding security, the company providing the shared hosting is responsible for ensuring server security, as well as making backup copies of it if any incident occurs.
Operating system: in shared hosting all clients must use the same base operating system, such as Linux or Windows. In general, the most used is Linux in the vast majority of cases.
CMS: shared hosting allows the installation of the most popular CMS, such as WordPress, to develop a website easily in record time. An excellent option for those users who don’t have the knowledge in programming and web development necessary for the development of a website.
Difference between Hosting and VPS
One of the major doubts of users when starting a particular web project has to do with the differences between shared hosting and VPS hosting.
Well, in the case of shared hosting, it is a physical server in which the websites of several clients are hosted. There is no type of partition or private zone; all clients share server resources, such as RAM or CPU, among others. In this way, if the website of a particular client consumes a large number of resources, the rest of the clients are harmed.
As for the private virtual server, the physical server also hosts the websites of several clients, but in this case, each of them has its own “private plot” within it. In this way, each client has its own resources within the server itself.
For What Kind Of Business Is A Shared Hosting Good?
Shared hosting is especially suitable for personal websites. More and more users are encouraged to create a web CV or open a personal blog on a topic of interest. Well, the shared accommodation perfectly covers the needs of these types of sites. As for businesses and companies, shared hosting is recommended for those small companies or who are just beginning their journey in the digital world. It is, therefore, the best option as a first step. As we have pointed out, shared hosting is easily scalable; Thus, when the website captures a greater volume of traffic and the resources offered by this type of accommodation aren’t enough, it can be scaled up to the VPS hosting.