For those who are planning on building a business online, or for those who have one and are planning to get a hosting plan, you will notice that each kind of web hosting plan has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Shared hosting is the most common and most affordable but this may not be for all especially if you are expecting a higher traffic in the future. Sites that are projected to have high traffics are often resorting to a dedicated server but that can cost a lot.
On the other hand, there is cloud hosting or virtual private server. This type of VPS can be less expensive than a dedicated server. Cloud hosting offers more freedom and room to grow as you develop your online business.
What happens in a Virtual Private Server?
If you are running under a virtual private server, you will be having your own operating system where you can control the settings without having to worry if it will affect other users in the network. When you opt for a cloud hosting, you can adjust it according to your needs when the time comes that your demand starts to increase.
For some site owners, VPS may not be the one for them because they are satisfied with using cPanel. So how do you know that a cloud hosting is for you? Here are some factors to check to see whether VPS is the right choice.
The performance of shared servers depends on the good standing of the other accounts sharing the server. If one account on the server violates the terms of agreement, all the other accounts on the server will be affected.
In VPS, every account has its own resources. One client will not be able to monopolize the resources so you can budget your operations. When an anomaly is detected with one account, chances are, only that account will be affected and you won’t be because each account in a VPS acts like a separate server. Other accounts on the server will not be able to encroach on your memory and get you banned with their illegal activities.
Virtual private servers have many features that can be as equally good as a dedicated server. Under VPS, firewall configurations can be customized because it is more private than a shared hosting. It is also possible to close ports when you are under a VPS. Other features of a virtual private server are the following:
-Own IP address
-Root access is possible
-Client can reboot VPS any time he wants
-Various services can be personalized such as web, mail, database, and domains.
Bear in mind that installation of your own kernel is not possible with VPS.
Virtual private servers allow a client to manage many websites without worrying about the hardware allocation. While VPS may cost a bit more than shared hosting plans, having numerous sites is an advantage with VPS. IF you are going to look at the fees incurred for each website, VPS can help you save more in the long run.
Safety and Security
Shared hosting is not completely secure. If a shared server gets hacked, the entire server will be affected and the websites hosted in that server will experience outages. If a spammer is part of the server, all the other accounts will get blacklisted too even if it is operating legitimately.
However, with virtual private servers, unauthorized access from outside as well as from hackers, are minimized since each account is isolated. This can also protect your site from a DoS attack.