Shared Hosting VS VPS Hosting VS Dedicated Hosting – What Should You Choose? [2022 Edition]

Shared Hosting VS VPS Hosting VS Dedicated Hosting

By the time you have finished reading this sentence, 3 new websites have been created. One minute from now, 175 new websites have been added to the worldwide web.

In the past, simple web hosting services were all anyone needed to set up a presence on the internet.

But now, because of the internet's explosive growth, new systems are put in place to cater to the deployment of websites and apps.

There are several of them, but we'd be focusing on three major ones in this article: Shared hosting, VPS Hosting, and Dedicated hosting.

We'll go in-depth about each IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), its significant differences, and its most appropriate uses.

Shared Hosting

Shared server hosting for new and small scale businesses

Shared Web hosting is when many websites are built on the same server. This means they share the same bandwidth resources. Shared hosting is the most economical among the three because the cost of maintenance is shared across all customers.

Shared hosting is ideal for customers who are not tech-savvy or do not want to concern themselves with maintaining their servers. With shared hosting, data is processed on the servers located in the hardware.

Here are some example companies that provide shared hosting services are Bluehost, HostGator, and SiteGround.

Advantages of Shared Hosting

Here are some reasons most people consider shared-hosting servers.

a. Managed by the service provider: One significant advantage of shared web hosting is that your host manages it. Since shared web hosting is low maintenance, you don't need to worry about hardware upgrade and maintenance, updating software, DDoS attacks, etc. Your host will take care of these.

b. More affordable: Of all three web hosting solutions, shared hosting is the least expensive because many users contribute to the use of the server. The service providers distribute the cost of hosting between customers.

c. Scalable: With shared hosting, you can always upgrade your package as your site grows and needs more resources.

d. Simplified user interface: Shared hosting is beginner-friendly to people new to the world of web hosting. The website owner can easily manage the back end using a simplified control interface, where administrative tasks and duties can be managed.

e. Option to host multiple domains: You can add many domains to your directory as a shared-hosting domain owner. An example of this is http://www.ssdnodes.com as the primary domain name and http://blog.ssdnodes.com. Another example would be a health expert that owns the website tobaishealthyliving.com; he can add a store that sells health supplements with the domain name store.tobias healthy living.com.

Disadvantages of Shared-Web hosting

As with every other IaaS, there are also downsides to using shared hosting.

a. Security: This has to be the most significant advantage of using shared hosting. If a website on a server is compromised, all other websites hosted on that same server are at risk. Shared-hosting service providers promise each website is "isolated" on the server. But, it is not 100% isolated. An average joe hacker can find her way around this.

b. Slow Loading Times: This is a big issue, especially now that Google is factoring in the website's speed to determine how well it ranks on its Search Engine Result Pages (SERP). Sometimes, shared-hosting websites experience sluggish performance when resources are not enough, especially with a fair usage policy.
A spike in a website's traffic above its allocated resource can mean slow loading time.

c. Scarcity of applications: Shared hosting servers have a few applications you can install on your server. This can be incredibly frustrating if you're changing service providers.

d. Root accessibility: Simply put, no root access. As your website grows, you'd like to increase its functionality, which means getting root access to the server. But that's going to be almost impossible because most shared hosting companies will not grant you access. Why? Bearing in mind that you share your server with probably a hundred others, giving you root access means whatever changes you make at that level affect other websites, too.

e. Fair usage policy: A service provider can cut off your website at anytime. Here's why: When you share a server, you share resources, bandwidth, storage, etc. Share-hosting service providers put limitations on each website on the server, so it does not affect the performance of others.

If you're running ads to your website or an article on your website goes viral, there's a high traffic spike, which means your website consumes a lot of resources.

You get a warning from your service provider to upgrade your current plan. If you don't, your website might get cut off from the server or become painfully slow for your visitors.

f.Costs adding up: Shared hosting might be the least expensive, but usually, it's at the initial stage. As your website grows, you need to pay for and install software that makes your website safe and responsive to your users. A good example is SSL Certificates.

Most shared-hosting service providers do not provide SSL certificates for free. You must get this installed on your website, or your visitors will see a "Not-Secure" warning when they are on your website.

VPS Hosting

VPS Hosting for medium and large scale businesses

VPS (Virtual Private Server) is a massive step up from shared hosting. VPS shares some similarities with shared hosting, but VPS hosting is more advanced in functionality.
What is VPS hosting? VPS is where few users are allocated resources on a server, but they can control these resources like a physical server through virtualization technology. This virtual machine allows users to run their own copy of an operating system as they would on a dedicated server.

VPS server is where a physical server is divided into separate virtual server machines or VPS, and each of these machines operates independently of the other.

This allows them to run their own operating system and set of applications. VPS hosting is more cost-effective because of this. This way, developers or entrepreneurs can start small and gradually build up as they need more resources.

Advantages of Virtual Private Server

a. Instant deployment: You don't need to wait for hours to deploy; you can deploy in minutes with a VPS.
b.Low cost of entry: You can own a VPS for as low as $4/month and get a lot more value for your money than shared-hosting.
c. Cost-Effectiveness: You pay for what you need and use. No excessive expenses.
d.Flexibility: With VPS, you can upgrade as per your needs anytime you need to.
e. Customization: You can fully customize the OS of your VPS to fit your needs. You can change out your OS when you need to.
f. Control: Unlike shared hosting, you have much control over how your VPS runs with VPS. You can install needed, restart your hosting environment, disrupting no one else on the same server.
h. Security: Just because you share the same server with others does not mean the compromise affects all others. As I said earlier, virtual machines operate independently, so one affects that one alone.

Disadvantages of VPS

a. Technical knowledge requirement for setup: VPS hosting is not for everyone. Compared to shared hosting, users have a simple interface to manage their website; with VPS, you need to understand the technical part of setting up VPS, especially if you went the route of unmanaged VPS with it a lot cheaper than managed VPS hosting.

b. Vulnerabilities: A VPS that is not configured correctly is leeway for security breaches. As a VPS owner, proper security updates are essential to keep your VPS running safely and optimally, and don't forget to back up regularly.

c. Cost: Across the board, VPS hosting costs a lot more than shared hosting; some charge as high as $50/month for their base specs. In our case, our prices rival some shared hosting companies, with our Standard plans starting from as low as $44/year. That's about $3.6/month. Check out our insane prices here.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated cloud hosting

Dedicated hosting is the most expensive of the three. When one client leases a whole server (or servers), they have complete control and manage all their resources.

This kind of hosting is ideal for large organizations of websites with higher traffic.

Owning a dedicated server means the client's complete independence on how the server is used.

This also includes security and systems upgrades and administrative duties.

Advantages of Dedicated Hosting

a. Flexibility: dedicated hosting has a very high level of flexibility. Service providers can always customize a server according to a client's request for the RAM, storage space, CPU, whatever the client needs to suit their needs.

b. Highest security: dedicated servers are the most secure web hosting. With Dedicated hosting, security is enhanced - because you're not sharing your server with any other person means your website cannot be breached.

c. Highest performance: Dedicated servers also mean dedicated resources will load quickly and perform efficiently even when there's a spike in traffic.

d. Customization: Customization is not an issue here. You install as much software and run as required.

e. Availability of unlimited bandwidth and disk space: With dedicated servers, the clients enjoy unlimited bandwidth and disk space without worrying about exceeding your resources. Keep in mind that the amount of bandwidth and disk space you use is determined by what dedicated server configurations you lease.

f. Complete control: You have absolute control over your server at the root access level.

Disadvantages of Dedicated Hosting

a. Cost: Getting a dedicated server requires a pretty hefty budget. If you're not tech-savvy enough, you'll need to hire an expert (or experts) to help manage your server and keep it running optimally.

b. Operating system change: Compared to VPS hosting, changing the OS of a dedicated host is complicated and a hassle, requiring a complete format of the server and this can take hours.

c. Scalability: You cannot scale yourself per se as you've already reached the summit of your server's resources. Compared to VPS hosting, where you can keep on scaling as needed.

Conclusion

There you have it, a comprehensive breakdown of web hosting on each end of the spectrum. So how do you determine which is ideal for you? You need to consider your web hosting needs, budget, and technical skills. If you're looking to build a simple static website or a new blog, then you're better off with a shared hosting solution.

But, if you want a lot more control over your server and you're looking towards scaling and future-proofing, then a VPS server like the one we offer is the most ideal solution.

Our VPS plans are more powerful and affordable than shared hosting providers like Blue-host and HostGator.

VPS hosting is ideal for most users as it allows you to use and pay for only the resources you need and scale your websites.

If you ever outgrow your VPS resources and you're looking for a more powerful web hosting solution (and you don't mind the cost), then you can look into dedicated hosting.