Shared Hosting vs VPS vs Dedicated Hosting – which one should you choose for your website?

Every website needs web hosting to be online and the type of web hosting you choose is what determines if your website will stay online without any issues.  There are 3 main factors in play when choosing what type of web hosting, or server, is right for your website:

1) The first and most important factor to consider is TRAFFIC!  How much traffic you are getting and how much traffic you are expecting to get based on your website’s traffic growth rate.  If your server cannot handle your website’s traffic your website will not load and your website visitors will get a message that there is a server overload and that the website is not accessible – not a bad problem to have, but it means you need more server resources. Better to get on that soon before your lose any of the traffic buzz!

2) Disk Space – every photo, every file, even databases, and stored emails take up disk space.  If you are a small business website, you actually do not need that much disk space. But on the other hand, if you are a photo, video, audio, or other file sharing social networking website you are sure to need a lot of disk space.

3) Features you need for your website.  For example, if you need root access to your server, or ffmpeg for video uploading and streaming, shared hosting plans might not give that to you.  On the other hand, if you have a VPS or Dedicated server, you can decide what gets installed on your server.  You pay more, you get more access and control.

So now you know the 3 important factors to consider when deciding if you are a small website or larger website requiring more resources and access.  There are 3 types of web hosting types: Shared, VPS (virtual private server), and Dedicated.

You get what you pay for when buying your web server.  If you find a shared web hosting company offering unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth (i.e. traffic), you might think you got the perfect deal no matter the size or popularity of your website, after all it says “unlimited”.  Right?  …no, Wrong!  You need to read the small print in the terms of service and use – there are clauses in there limiting your website’s use of the server’s resources.

VPS is perfect for a growing website that will outgrow a shared web hosting plan very soon, even if your website doesn’t require any special features or access to your server.  You don’t want to get an email from a shared web hosting company that your website was taken offline because it violated the terms of service because it used too much cpu/server resources.  On the other hand, if it is web hosting company where you can expand as you grow, and just add resources to your server as necessary, you can start small. On UlimateWB we offer easy web hosting upgrades and you can add more resources to your server as your website grows.


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