A Comparison of Shared, VPS and Dedicated Hosting

Posted on May 15, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

Understanding all the major types of hosting will help you choose the right foundation for your website or blog. Hosting provides the resources necessary for visitors to access your website and view what you offer. Without good hosting, your site may load slowly or may not contain the right protection from hackers and viruses.

There are three major types of hosting, and they are all very different from each other. Before you make a decision about which type of hosting is best for you, it might be wise to evaluate your specific project. If you know the features you need, the amount of traffic you expect and the necessary security your site will require, then choosing the right type of hosting becomes much easier.

Shared-VPS-Dedicated Hosting


Here are the 3 major types of hosting:

1. Shared Hosting

By far the most popular type of hosting is called shared hosting. Mainly due to the low price, shared hosting provides users the ability to start and build a website on their own domain name. It ranges in price from just $2 a month up to about $30 a month depending on the features and the package you choose.

As the name implies, you share a hosting server with other hosting accounts. However, many don’t understand the resources of the server won’t be shared equally. It works more on a first-come, first-serve basis, which means if one website experiences a large spike in traffic, the others on the same server might experience slower load times.

2. VPS or Virtual Private Server Hosting

A step above shared hosting, VPS hosting provides more speed and security. You will still share a server, but you don’t share it in the same way as you do with shared website hosting. Instead, you purchase a partition of the server’s resources separated from the rest of the server. This allows for faster load times and the ability to use custom security measures.

If you plan to start a blog or website, say about classroom chairs, you may only require shared hosting because you won’t see as much traffic as a website about something more popular like weight loss. By understanding your project, the amount of traffic you expect and the security you need, you’ll know whether VPS or shared hosting will provide the features you need.

3. Dedicated Server Hosting

Those needing the best possible security, the most speed and their own resources can buy or rent a dedicated server. Many consider this the best form of hosting, but it will also cost you the most. You might spend $100 a month to $1,000 a month depending on the size of the server you need and the housing necessary for that server.

Whether you choose shared, VPS or dedicated server hosting, you want to make sure you get the most benefits for your budget and your project. Take the time to really evaluate your needs before you start your research, and then choose the hosting that will give you everything you need for your website or blog.

Now that you know a little bit about hosting, you have a better foundation to start your website, whether it’s to sell classroom chairs or designer handbags. This post brought to you by Mary.

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About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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