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Shared Hosting Versus VPS Web Hosting

by li baocai

Putting up a website is easier said than done. To begin with, there are a lot of factors that you should take time to consider. If you're not adept in finding the right resources, you may end up with a fruitless business venture. So instead of simply filling up your website with useful information as well as high quality products and services, make sure that you get to choose the right hosting company. Remember that the Internet is home to many hosting companies. Hence, you should do your research well to meet face to face with the one that's truly best for you. Once you found the right host, it's time to pick the right hosting type.

If your company is still in its infancy stage, it's better to stick to virtual hosting before you shell out any money for a dedicated hosting type. What is virtual hosting, you may ask? Well, when a single server is shared by multiple users, it's what you call the virtual type hosting. As simple as it sounds, there are two forms of virtual hosting, which can be too tricky for a beginner. Knowing the difference between shared hosting and VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting can help you decide which hosting type to go for. But to help you understand these a lot better, here are some facts that you bear in mind:

Shared Hosting: Cheap But Insecure. In shared hosting, every component of your server is being shared - disk space, bandwidth, web server, and all. People who are on shared hosting type can also be categorized into two: starters and penny-pinchers. Starters are composed of personal site owners or small time entrepreneurs who are just testing the waters of e-commerce. They're still at the stage of figuring out how the Internet works in hopes that they'll gain substantial amount of profits from the online industry. The penny-pinchers, on the other hand, are those who are just in it to save money. They're willing to compromise quality for the sake of price. That's why their websites usually turn out to be a disappointment.

This only shows that shared hosting is cheap, alright, but it has a lot disadvantages, too. When it comes to security, stability, and reliability, shared hosting doesn't offer much. Since hundreds of users have access to the same server, it's the most vulnerable to hacks and disruptions. Your account that's only protected by a password can be easily cracked by a good hacker. Aside from that, if your co-users are exceeding their bandwidths, chances are, the system might malfunction or crash due to the overwhelming amount of requests it's handling. As a result, all websites, which run on that server, will suffer from down times.

VPS Hosting: Shared and Dedicated Hosting Fused. In VPS hosting, the server is also shared though it offers to give you a dedicated hosting-like kind of service. How? Simply with the use of a powerful software, web developers have found a way to partition the server's system, so each part could function like a dedicated server. If this sounds confusing, let's try to use an analogy. In shared hosting, there's a house. Inside the house, there are two rooms. One room is occupied by three people, the other is occupied by just one person. Now, the room with three occupants is most similar to shared hosting, while the person who is inside the other room is likened to be on VPS hosting. Although this person shares one house with other people, he gets to have a room of his own.

Needless to say, all deficiencies found in shared hosting are solved by VPS hosting. Security comes from using a software that makes it possible to build walls around one account to keep intruders out. Considering that your space in the server acts independently from other accounts, reliability and stability are not a problem. It simply means that nobody can rob you out of your web resources like bandwidth and disk space.

Saturday, Jan 16th, 2010