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Pros and cons of hosting on shared & VPS server

Choosing a hosting is one of the most important steps in the first stages of creating a website. Beginning webmasters are usually interested in low-cost offers, since their budget is limited. They strive to choose a hosting that would provide the necessary minimum of features without overpaying for unused resources. Therefore, for a young site with low traffic, cheap shared web hosting is usually chosen.

Price is an important advantage when you are on a budget, but there are a number of pitfalls that inevitably accompany regular hosting. If traffic spikes, or a project with high peak loads is on the same server, this can lead to site outages. For commercial projects, this is unacceptable even at the initial stage, so it is better to immediately choose a VPS hosting that provides guaranteed resources for a comparable price.

First, let’s understand how hosting differs from a virtual server

Hosting is a server on which a number of services are already installed (web server, mail server, FTP, and so on). Hosting is ideal for hosting and running websites. Most of the settings have already been made; you just fill in the sites and they start working.

The server is your personal server, which can be configured in any way for any task. Including the placement of sites. In other words, you can independently install and configure a web server for hosting.

Pros of hosting websites on shared hosting

  1. Everything is already set up, you just host sites and they work
  2. Convenient hosting panel. Nothing extra in the settings
  3. Low price compared to VDS
  4. You can take hosting for free for a test period, install CMS in a few minutes and the site will already be working.

Minuses of hosting websites on shared hosting

  1. Dependence on neighbors, since resources are shared
  2. Shared IP-address (it is possible to purchase an individual one)

So, we can conclude that the advantages of hosting are its simplicity in settings. Among the weaknesses are dependence on neighbors and limited resources. If you are planning to host simple small websites, hosting is the best option.

If you are planning to host highly loaded projects: large stores or sites where page loading speed is critical, then you should look towards buying a virtual server.

Pros of hosting on a virtual VPS server

  • Your projects are on fully dedicated resources. This guarantees always a high speed of the sites.
  • Each server comes with a dedicated IP address. It belongs only to you and is guaranteed not to be on any lists.
  • You can customize the server however you like. Open and close ports, set policies, and so on.

Minuses of hosting on a virtual VPS server

  • The server needs to be configured. This question is almost completely closed by renting the ISPManager panel, which makes it possible to configure the server even for a beginner. In fact, after installing this panel, you get a configured web server as on a hosting.
  • The price is slightly higher than for the hosting service.
  • Some more knowledge required (even with ISPManager control panel)

All in all

What can be the conclusion? It is obvious that if your sites are not dependent on node loading by neighbors and the purity of common IP addresses (landing pages, simple, not heavy sites), or you are just starting site building, then you should take hosting.


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