By now we all know that most businesses start small & aim to scale up. The same goes for your hosting. If you launch your website with a cheap option like shared hosting, that’s fine for a short while but as your site grows you’ll aim to migrate to VPS or Dedicated Hosting. If you follow our blog you’ll know that we promote sustainable, preemptive & ambitious planning; we don’t think you should ever be using shared hosting (at any time in your venture). The biggest benefits of VPS or DH is not having to share server resources with other websites. In most shared hosting cases you will be sharing resources with thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of sites.
If you are looking for some more information on hosting, here are a few more resources we’ve previously written on the topic:
What’s The Difference?
The difference between a VPS and a Dedicated Server really comes down to the actual hardware: a Dedicated Server is, as it sounds, its own entire physical server. This means, for the sake of making the example here, that a Dedicated Server could be unplugged, removed from its rack, and simply carried off by a person.
A VPS, on the other hand, shares physical hardware with other VPS servers though its actual resources are not shared. This means each VPS has a certain amount of disk space, compute power, and RAM allocated to it, which cannot be accessed by any other VPS that exists within the same physical hardware. So, using our example above, a person really wouldn’t be able to carry off just one VPS, as one physical server would be hosting multiple individual VPS installations. VPS environments are so compartmentalised within a single server that each VPS itself can be individually rebooted; it truly appears and functions as just a smaller Dedicated Server.
With that said, both VPS and Dedicated Servers provide the exact same software experience, including:
- Full root access
- Fully allocated/unshared resources
- Total control over server configuration
- The ability to perform custom installations
- Choice of Operating System
Is shared hosting for losers?
This question really comes down to two scenarios. On one hand your business has simply outgrown a Shared hosting environment, meaning that it’s just time to scale up. On the other hand, your business may require certain permissions, installations, or needs that simply cannot be met by Shared hosting. In either case, you would need to determine if you’re ready to make the jump to a full Dedicated Server, or rather to the more cost-effective option of a VPS. A third reason people often utilize a VPS is it can allow them a “sandbox” on which to learn Linux, install different OS distributions, and generally just educate themselves in a non-destructive environment. Of course this purpose would exist outside of business needs.
Various management options exist when it comes to VPS and Dedicated Servers: self-managed, semi-managed, and unmanaged. This all relates to defining the responsible for things like software updates, security patches, and general management of the OS and other software that may be installed on the server. To a large extent, this is determined by the business owner’s budget, tech-savviness, and day-to-day maintenance preferences.
As always, if you have any feedback or comments, please let us know. We are here to help in the best ways we can.