Shared Hosting vs. VPS vs. Dedicated Comparison

What is VPS?

VPS, or Virtual Private Server, hosting is often considered a step up from shared hosting. VPS is a method of partitioning a physical server into multiple servers so that each has the appearance and capabilities of performing as an individual server.

VPS vs. Shared

Shared Hosting
VPS Hosting
Shared hosting is economical; it allows multiple customers to share the resources of one server, thus spreading out the costs among users.
VPS is often considered a step up from Shared Hosting; it can handle heavy traffic and custom applications. VPS also allows more control over server settings and resources, thus providing a more customized hosting environment.
Hosting Resources
The hosting account resides on the same hardware with many other accounts. All accounts share the same hardware resources (ie. CPU). This hosting environment makes it more likely for accounts to experience slowdowns or outages should there be a high server load.
Because each account resides on an individual partition of the server, VPS accounts are allotted resources independent of other accounts on the same hardware node. This virtual private hosting environment greatly minimizes the chances that a single user's activities will impact other users on the same hardware node.
The shared hosting environment is designed to handle different websites on the same server, it is configured to accommodate the majority. For example, if a specific version of PHP is offered on a shared hosting server, you will need to make sure your scripts are compatible.
With VPS, you have your own partition and root access. You have the ability to install applications and customize software configurations to your exact specifications.
Shared hosting is difficult to completely secure. For example, many prepackaged software solutions allow the server to have full access to the files from the web server level; this leaves your files vulnerable to other users on the same server. Problems can also arise should one user on the server forget to update their blog software to fix security risks that have been discovered; hackers can easily get into their shared hosting account and move horizontally into your account.
VPS accounts are insulated from each other: each customer is separated at the operating level and each virtual environment has its own file system. This minimizes the risk of unauthorized access from both hackers and other users. This also minimizes the risk of being impacted by a DoS attack that was intended for someone else.
Some applications require certain ports and/or protocols be opened (or closed) in the firewall. Because a firewall in the shared hosting environment is configured to protect the majority, custom configurations will not be available.
Under the VPS, custom firewall configurations are feasible because of the portioning between users.



Dedicated Hosting

VPS and Dedicated Hosting come with virtually the same features, autonomy and functionality. The main difference between VPS and dedicated server is that in VPS you share the physical server hardware with other VPS accounts. In the Dedicated Hosting arrangement, you are the only user on the dedicated server who can utilize entire server. Consequently, VPS is a more economical option.

Is VPS right for me?

Whether you have outgrown shared hosting or are looking for an affordable alternative to dedicated server hosting, there is a good chance that a VPS will fit your needs and your budget better than any other hosting solution.

VPS gives you the features and functionality of a dedicated server without the cost of building and maintaining one. If you need to host unlimited domains, have complete control of your environment and run your own applications, then you will benefit from having a VPS.

In addition, a VPS provides the ability to manage your dedicated environment directly through SSH or Remote Desktop Connection. You can also use your control panel to manage your virtual server immediately without having to contact support to have a technician complete any necessary requests.

VPS is ideal for e-commerce, web designers, applications developers and game serving.

Is it easy to use?

AlphaBit VPS is designed to be as easy and straightforward as possible to manage, whether you are an expert developer, a small business user, or web hosting reseller. Our VPS come with full root access, giving you ultimate control and flexibility. If you do not have systems administration experience, you can also take advantage of the optional, easy-to-use cPanel control panel.

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