Congratulations! You’ve finished your website! Now, all you need is a low cost web hosting service so people can access your site.
Two of the most popular web hosting services in the market are Shared Hosting (or Shared Web Hosting) and Virtual Private Server Hosting (or VPS Hosting).
Making the choice between Shared Hosting and VPS Hosting can be confusing but it doesn’t have to be! All you need to do is confirm which features you prefer based on what your company needs. Here we outline the two options for you.
Shared Web Hosting
As the name implies, shared hosting involves the use of shared servers. These are enormous and powerful servers that can be shared by different clients.
All users of a shared server are given access to a large amount of server hardware.
Advantages of Using Shared Web Hosting
- Cost Savings
The principle of shared housing applies here – just as it is cheaper to pay for shared housing services with a flatmate, it is also less expensive to rent space on a shared server.
- Good for starting out
The price you pay to the hosting provider gives you ample space and resources to maintain an effective web presence. You don’t have to pay for extra resources you don’t or won’t ever need.
Disadvantages of Shared Web Hosting
- Other website may impact your websites performance
Some sites at a particular point in time may use up more of the server’s resources than was originally needed which may lead to slow server speed . When these problems occur, this may negatively affect sales and ultimately your bottom line.
- Don’t cope well with larger volumes of traffic
Every business owner would love to see his/her website really take off. When this happens, you are bound to have increased traffic. Unfortunately, this will overload a shared server which may not be able to support a large amount of traffic and/or your current requirements.
VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting
A Virtual Private Server is a server that has dedicated resources solely to your website’s needs. This space is accessible only to you, the website owner.
Benefits of a VPS
- Dedicated resources
You don’t have to worry about other websites taking server resources away from your website. Fewer worries mean less stress and this makes you and your business more productive.
- You have more control over your website with a VPS.
You can more easily scale your resources when you use VPS. If you are selling seasonal merchandise (e.g. Halloween costumes), you can pay less for using reduced resources while your products are out of season. Then, you can scale up as Halloween approaches.
The Drawbacks of Using a VPS
- VPS costs more than Shared Web Hosting
With increased performance and reliability comes an increased cost.
If you’re still confused and unsure about which hosting plan is right for your business, our Complete Cloud professionals can provide you with the right fit for your business!
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