What are the Main Differences between VPS and Dedicated Hosting?

Posted on March 30, 2011 by

If you own a small company you may have never heard of VPS (Virtual Private Server) or dedicated hosting. If your website has minimal traffic then running shared hosting will more than likely be the best option for you, however, if shared hosting no longer meets your needs, then a VPS or dedicated web hosting package may be your only choice. Both of these are different to shared hosting, but how do they differ to one another, and which one will be best for your setup?

If you are being asked to re-configure your hosting plan to a VPS or dedicated hosting system by your web host, then you know your site is currently successful. A hosting company will contact you with this request if they feel they can no longer hold your website on a shared hosting plan because you are taking away speed, space and bandwidth from the other websites on your plan. While this will obviously be more expensive, the likelihood is if you are pulling in enough visitors to your website then you will be able to afford the increase in price.

A VPS is much simpler than dedicated hosting; in fact, it is almost as simple as shared hosting. This means if you do not understand a lot about the world of web hosting, then a VPS will be the best choice.

A VPS is on average cheaper than dedicated hosting, as you do not have the option of as much control. This once again adds to the simplicity of VPS, but may not be right for a company that needs to have complete access with the option to change parts around. Generally, with any purchase if you have more control you should expect to pay more, because you can configure all the minor details to your company’s specifications.

While a VPS hosting is a direct upgrade from a shared web host, you do not have access to all of the server’s resources. If you choose a VPS plan you will be on a private server (the clue is in the name), but you will still be sharing your resources. Basically, while a VPS is an upgrade from shared hosting, it is the level directly above shared hosting. If your company is growing at an alarming rate, then choosing a dedicated server will save you time, effort and money in the long run.

A dedicated server is truly dedicated to your website. While it will cost more, it may be the only option that will allow your company to operate without any problems whatsoever. If traffic to your site is increasing quickly, then the chances are you can afford a dedicated server. With a dedicated server, you also have much more control over how you host your website.

It is all about research. Making sure you check your sites traffic against your potential increases will allow you to make an accurate decision as to what the best dedicated web hosting package will be for your current and future needs.

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