If will you ask a professional webhost provider if it is desirable to shift from shared hosting to VPS, s/he will be quick enough to tell you shift to a cloud servers. S/he might even ask you to consider a dedicated server if you want a more personalized and more secure web hosting.
Dedicated and VPS webhosts resolve some of the known issues of shared hosting. They resolve issues such as slow load times, website crashes/errors, and limited functionality. However, dedicated servers come at a high cost ranging from $99-600 per month. VPS is cheaper at around $20-60 per month. On the other hand, shared server hosts only costs between $5-10 per month.
Considering the most economical way of webhosting, a shared server is at an advantage. It is way cheaper than the dedicated servers. But then again the known risks and issues that come along are imminent. Your website is at risk of errors, possible malware and virus infections from other sites in the server, security holes brought about by open risks from other users, and the unfair usage of server functions. This will make you rethink of using it in the long run.
A dedicated server host can resolve those issues. You will have your own physical server “dedicated” to you. No other users can use or access it. You have full access and control on it. You can install your own software – a functionality which you cannot do on shared servers. You can even install your own anti-malware and anti-virus to protect your server from malwares.
Getting these functionalities comes at a high cost. This is not recommended for first time website owners or those that only get meagre profit from websites. It is important to assess your situation if you really needed this or not.
Cloud servers combine the functionality of dedicated servers and the low cost of shared servers. With a VPS, you can enjoy nearly the same main features of a dedicated server such as the control over your VPS account, no sharing of RAM and hard drive, and more importantly, being independent from other users. Your action will not affect the others, and other users’ actions will not affect your server. Each action will remain private and within your own compartment.
Privacy and Security
As the name suggests, cloud servers gives you the privacy you cannot enjoy from shared hosting. It gives you the peace of mind that others will not access your files, and the security that when other users are at risk, yours are separate and private enough not to be affected.
With cloud servers, you are able to use whichever operating system you want. Although you are using the same physical server as the others, VPS account gives everyone the freedom to choose the operating they like. Some might be using Linux while others might be using Windows 7, XP or Vista. This further means that you can install other server software applications such as MySQL and Apache. You can even customize them if you would like to. VPS gives you personalized and customized experience suited to your needs.
As mentioned above, VPS allows you to enjoy the benefits of a dedicated server. It gives you an ownership to the server and all of its associated functions. Thus, when your website experiences high traffic, you are able to accommodate them without the worry of possible crashes. Cloud servers give you an exclusive ownership to things you used to share under the shared server hosting. You should be able to customize your account based on your needs.