A web hosting provider or service allows individuals and businesses to make their websites available and accessible via the web. Providers of web hosting sell (more or less rent) server space to customers; with that server space, their customers can use their native tools to transfer data and build their own websites.
Today’s web hosts provide customers with plenty of web hosting options. One of the most popular web hosting plans is the shared hosting plan. On the opposite side of the spectrum is the VPS (virtual private server) hosting plan. Both plans have their benefits, though they do have disadvantages for people who might not benefit from using one or the other.
Shared hosting or VPS hosting?
Depending on the needs of a customer, shared web hosting and VPS hosting may fulfill their needs. Let’s take a closer look at both to see how that works.
Shared web hosting places a single customer’s website on the same server as other customer websites. Most free to paid web hosting services are shared web hosting services, since multiple customers usually share the same server space.
Placing multiple customers on the same server allows web hosts to provide customers with lower web hosting prices than other services. However, there’s a catch. Much of the services on a shared server are shared. In other words, they’re accessible to most of the people who use the same server. Also, people who share a single server are more susceptible to problems that affect the entire server. That usually causes problems for people who need to have their own hosting space, particularly businesses.
Shared hosting is great for people who want to host a simple website, whether a personal site or a business site. If you’re planning to have a dedicated business site, however, you might want to try the next option.
Virtual private servers
A virtual private server allows webmasters to run customized programs (via a web server) on a budget. While they still share a single server with other users, their VPS services are delegated to their own private section, allowing them to use separate computer functions. In other words, anything that’s operated via a VPS server is separated from other users on the server.
Webmasters who use virtual private servers are practically guaranteed resources over other users using the same server. This makes VPS hosting a better option for people who need a more dedicated hosting solution without having to spend hundreds per month on a dedicating hosting plan. Those who only want to run a simple website don’t really need VPS hosting and should just stick with shared hosting instead.
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