The Pros & Cons of VPS vs. Dedicated Hosting

The development of the Internet has opened up an entirely new frontier of access and communication. It has created the capacity for businesses to completely shift their paradigms for business, models, marketing, customer services, market research, customer engagement and more. One person has the capacity to reach millions, and they can accomplish this without ever leaving their home or office. All that is needed is a well-designed website with quality, relevant content, and the first step in creating a quality website is choosing the best hosting for the type of site being launched.

Understanding the Various Types of Hosting

Web hosting is necessary to create and sustain a web presence that can be easily accessed through the use of a URL. Web hosting allows a person or business to reserve a certain amount of space on a server that will facilitate all of the functions of the site. Each site owner or webmaster will have specific needs that will depend on the functionality and the intent of the website. Because the functionality and the required capacity of a website will vary, the type of hosting that is needed will vary also.

There are three primary types of hosting.

  • Shared hosting is the lowest level of performance, least secure and least functional of the three. The most significant benefit of this type of hosting is that it is inexpensive.
  • Virtual Private Servers (VPS) allow people and companies to share space on a single server.
  • Dedicated hosting is considered the highest performing type of hosting, also possessing the most options.

When it comes to creating a site that will have the capacity to function optimally, shared hosting is not up to the task, and therefore, it will not be discussed further. While dedicated hosting is considered the highest level of performance it does have its drawbacks, and it may be more cost effective and less frustrating to take the VPS route.

A Look at Dedicated Hosting

In most situations, hosting provided through a dedicated server is considered to be the most effective route to take in building a quality, high performing website. Some of the benefits of using a dedicated server include:

  • Dedicated hosting provides some of the fastest performance time available.
  • It gives substantial control to the customer.
  • The cost is variable, depending on what services that customer wants access to. The customized approach gives a certain capacity to manage costs while optimizing performance.
  • By using select software, customers have the ability to customize the way that their needs are met.
  • Dedicated servers are set up to be able to handle virtually anything that is placed on the server.

While dedicated servers are considered top of the line, they do come with some disadvantages.

  • Compared to other options, the use of a dedicated hosting platform is expensive, even with the ability to customize the options used on the platform.
  • It can be difficult for beginners to navigate through intricate steps of setting up the website.
  • Downtime on this type of hosting is always a threat. One simple mistake can lead to hours of downtime.
  • The penalties for using more space than is allotted can be significant

Understanding VPS Hosting

Using a virtual private server plan will allow users to share space on a single server. It can also be viewed as a managed server hosting system with the capacity to provide an IT-backed setup. While VPS hosting is similar, in some ways, to dedicated hosting, there are some differences, and there are some advantages and disadvantages worth noting.

  • The cost of using VPS hosting is considerably less expensive than with dedicated hosting.
  • You have control of the VPS software.
  • It gives you the capacity for greater control during high traffic hours. With VPS, the space is adjusted in correspondence to the specific needs of the website at any given time.
  • When your site becomes larger, due to growth, the VPS functionality will automatically grow with the site, which helps to alleviate the concern about the potential for crashes.
  • The ability to run multiple sites without the concern about network crashes and conflicting systems.

Despite the advantage of VPS, it also has a number of disadvantages that must be considered.

  • Competing with other website owners for the available resources of the server.
  • The risk of slower performance times, which can cost the business customers.
  • Having to update the software every time that there is a change in the server.
  • Before forced to share an address with another site, which can impact search engine ranking.

Over the past several years as Cloud computing has evolved into a secure and highly functioning computing model, the merge of VPS with the Cloud allows hosting providers to make several copies of a hosted site, in case the main server crashes, the site can be restored to the last existing configuration. The backing up of a site will normally come with an additional charge that will vary between hosting companies. Depending on the importance of speed and performance and cost, VPS may be the most cost effective route, while dedicated hosting will provide the highest level of speed and performance.