With all the different types of hosting available, it can be confusing to know which option will perform best for your company website. Do you choose the cheapest option of Shared hosting, a VPS or a more expensive Dedicated server? Below we cover the basics of the different types of hosting plans available, using an easy to understand analogy, so you can make the right decision for your needs.
Shared hosting is very similar to living in an apartment.
Shared Server Hosting
Shared Hosting is very similar to living in an Apartment Complex. All residents are in the same location and must share the available resources with everyone. These may include such things as the pool, parking lot, and play ground. In shared hosting, all accounts must share the available resources with all the other accounts on the server. These include CPU time, memory, and disk space.
As you’re sharing a server, your actions can affect other users. If you invite a band to play in your living room, others in the Community are going to hear the noise and may complain. If you have a very busy website, dominating the server’s CPU time and memory could cause performance issues with other users on the same server. If you are running an unoptimized script that runs out of control, it can disrupt not only your site, but could affect the whole server.
When is it time to move to a Condo or take the big step to home ownership?
Regardless of which type of hosting you choose, your website will reside on a web server. When someone visits your page, the server’s CPU and Memory will work together to send that visitor the page they requested. There are cases in which your website may use too much CPU or Memory to serve those pages. This is when its time you need to upgrade your account.
VPS (Virtual Private Sever) hosting is similar to owning a fancy Condo.
Virtual Private Server Hosting (VPS)
VPS Hosting is similar to owning a Condo. While you still share things on the property, you are ultimately responsible for maintaining your own property and repairs inside the condo. There is also significantly less residents per building and assigned parking. On a Virtual Private Server, you are allotted resources that are not shared by everyone. The over all CPU time and memory are shared across all accounts on the machine, but at the same time portions of those resources are always dedicated to each account. This allows for more power and flexibility than being on a shared account.
Apartment living to Condo living – Upgrading from Shared to VPS Hosting
Shared accounts are great for most users. You can host all sorts of applications (such as WordPress or Joomla), and there are plenty of email accounts to go around. If you compare Shared Hosting to Apartment living, possible times for upgrading may include:
1. A Growing family: If your family grows to more than your apartment can handle, then it may be time to move up. For example, you may need another bedroom or an extra bathroom for the kids. Moving to a Condo can give you that extra bedroom / bathroom that you need. In shared hosting, if your website becomes popular, you may need to upgrade to VPS Hosting for more CPU and Memory for your account. This will allow you to handle all the new traffic coming to your site.
2. Customizations: If you love the color red and want to paint your walls red, you may not have permission (being in an apartment) to paint any walls. Moving up to a Condo gives you more ownership of your space, allowing you to paint and decorate however you choose. If you require software that is not available in Shared Hosting, Upgrading to VPS hosting will allow you to install any software that you would like!
VPS Servers are great for mid sized businesses. You have a virtualized private server in which you can setup and tweak exactly the way you need to. You can host an unlimited number of websites, and there are really no restrictions, other than your usage of your server’s CPU time and memory. A VPS Server is not a Dedicated Server, so you are still on a server with other users.
Dedicated hosting can be compared to owning a detached house.
Dedicated Website Hosting
Dedicated Hosting can be compared to owning a house. You are allowed and have access to all resources available on the machine. No one else’s account resides on the machine (your house) and would not be capable of tapping into your resources.
Condo Living to Single Family Home Living – Upgrading from VPS Hosting to Dedicated Hosting
Keeping with the Condo analogy, you have a lot of control, but you don’t have complete control. If a friend / relative needs to move in with you, you’re not going to be able to build an addition to help accommodate them. There are many reasons that a Condo was great for you at one point in your life, but you’re now at the point where you have a big family and there’s a lot going on every day. You may decide to buy a single family home, where you’ll have plenty of parking, extra bathrooms, and a big back yard to play with the kids.
Server Administration: What’s the landlord up to?
Our job is to make sure that all servers are in tip top shape! If we notice someone that is renting an apartment, but their loud music is bothering others, we’re there to politely ask them to turn down the volume so they don’t wake the neighbours. If they love their music loud and can’t part with it, we’ll work with them and actually help them move into a Condo or House!
If you do decide that you would like to upgrade, our Technical Team in most cases can migrate all of your files for you and get your site up and running on your new server. If you have questions at any time, please feel free to contact us, we’re more than happy to help.