If you are like most people you normally start with a shared hosting package for your website since it is the cheapest option on the market and fulfills your demands in the beginning. Although when your website starts to grow and attract more and more traffic you will start to feel growing pains. If your business starts to grow so should do your hosting plan and it is time to start thinking about upgrading to VPS or even a dedicated hosting.
Before making any decisions though it is important to understand the difference between VPS and dedicated hosting so that you could make a calculated choice between the two.
Shared hosting VS VPS VS Dedicated server
Most smaller blogs and business websites run on shared hosting since it is cheaper than VPS or dedicated hosting. It is a great place to start but they will outgrow the provided resources of shared hosting when traffic to their websites increases. Content attracts visitors which is a good thing but it also means that you need more storage space and more computing power to keep the user experience on the desired level.
Imagine the scenario when your blog post goes viral- a desired scenario for the majority we hope. Will your shared hosting plan sustain the increased traffic or will it result a drop in the loading speed or even a complete loading error? To prevent these kind of issues it is better to upgrade.
VPS – Virtual Private Server
VPS stands for virtual private server. It is called that way since a single bare metal server is partitioned as multiple virtual servers, each of which can be independently rebooted. They are a middle level between shared hosting and dedicated servers where you no longer share space with other customers.
There is one important factor to consider though, virtual private servers are normally offer as unmanaged, meaning that users can and have to administer their own servers and that requires more knowledge than with shared hosting.
Dedicated server is the most powerful version of hosting since you are leasing an entire server for your own needs. It is best suited for fairly large E-Commerce websites with a lot of traffic and content since you should be able to utilize the power it offers. There are different options on the market from unmanaged to fully managed hosting which obviously is the most expensive version. You also have to take in account that dedicated servers require specialized knowledge.
What to consider?
Two most important factors to consider before choosing to upgrade to VPS or dedicated server are your costs and requirements. Undoubtedly both solutions are more expencive than shared hosting but they also come with their own set of advantages. A common mistake is to wait until you have completely outgrown a shared hosting plan. You have to plan ahead and think what would deliver the best customer experience. Putting your customers should make the decision easier to make.
Beehosting.Pro offers both options so you can easily compare options and choose what might suit your needs better. If after reading the article you have additional questions feel free to contact our support. We are here to answer your questions and help you choose the most suitable option for your business.
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