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It’s been close to two decades since the idea of web hosting was first conceived.

Over this time period, various types of web hosting solutions have been developed. Some of these include shared or virtual web hosting which by far is the most common, dedicated web hosting and Virtual Private Servers (VPS), which is very ideal and affordable for small enterprises that require unique features like SSH access, customized firewalls, dedicated IP address and other special features set aside for dedicated servers. VPS comes in various specifications and pricing depending on your needs.

Shared or Virtual web hosting solution is the most popular web hosting service in use. Here, you get to share a common server (CPU time, OS, memory bandwidth, Applications etc) of your hosting company. The host manages the server with respect to uptime as well as hardware and software upgrades. As a client, you only have complete control of your website.

The greatest challenge with shared web hosting is that it may not work for you if your web application requires excessive amount of CPU, RAM or other resource or when you need a special software plugins and drivers.

Virtual private servers (VPS) on the other hand avails the characteristics of a dedicated server for numerous web hosting clients in the form of “virtual computers” while you still share resources like RAM and CPU with other clients. The resources are allotted in such a way that it is not possible to tell whether there are other users in the system because as a hosting customer you are allowed to utilize a particular percentage allotted to you. This means that all the resources allocated to you will always be at your disposal.

Dedicated web hosting on the other hand allows you to “rent” the entire computer and have full access to all its resources in order to host your website. This type of web hosting is very attractive to large high-traffic websites, custom development projects that lead to complex web based applications and websites which need high level of uptime and absolute control of the hosting environment.

VPS is much advanced than shared web hosting in that it allows you have one or more servers running within one another while sharing the same hardware. Unlike shared hosting, VPS running on the same machine and hardware is never affected by CPU load and huge traffics. This makes your personal hosting environment autonomous from the other users as your VPS does not have to share the same resources such as CPU, bandwidth, disk space and memory with other users.

VPS provides more enhanced security because you do not have to share TCP/IP stacks, processes and disk space. This enhanced security coupled with improved performance makes VPS a perfect choice for various types of businesses. This is because the unique IP address which you get when using VPS does not affect sites that are hosted on other servers. Thanks to its root access, you are also able to manage numerous software applications on your VPS hosting account.

Through VPS hosting, you are also able to operate everything from customized software and application to database and servers as well as your own OS.

As a user, VPS allows you to have a complete control of your environment. This makes it attractive to users who love the stability of a dedicated server but can not afford a fully dedicated server solution.

-Dragon Blogger

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Justin Germino
Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
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  • http://www.velnet.com Luqman @ Domain name registration

    Shared hosting services are the most cost-effective type of hosting. Shared hosting is considerably cheaper than both co-location and dedicated servers. This is often the most important factor when choosing a host.

  • http://my-dressup-games.com Tom

    Thanks, I will definitively consider a VPS now; it has many advantages over shared hosting!

  • http://www.dailyblogging.org Mani Viswanathan

    Thanks for the detailed explanation..will consider shifting to an affordable VPS is the traffic of my blog goes up!

  • http://www.techdaring.com/ Tony Tran

    When you reaching many visitors and the sharing hosting cannot help you anymore. You must to upgrade your hosting plan.

  • http://website-in-a-weekend.net/ Dave Doolin

    Yet another task on my list things to do.

    I have a Rackspace account, and a Mediatemple account, but they’re both idle right now.

    I may upgrade to a Bluehost VPS before I go the whole hog on Rackspace. I’ve built enough linux kernels already in my life!

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      I like Cloud Private Servers and other solutions, but they are often far too expensive for an initial blogger and most people don’t need to invest that much up front unless they have funding for their site ahead of time and plan on getting X hundreds of thousands of visits per month very quickly. The only way to achieve this in a super short time is with a substantial advertising budget.

    • http://www.dailyblogging.org Mani Viswanathan

      hey does Bluehost offer VPS services..? I never got any info about that service in their site

  • Nick Makris

    I find my VPS to be an ideal hosting solution especially for a small businesse like mine. It offers control at a level similar to a dedicated server at a low price.

  • Stephen TBA

    I recently upgraded to VPS. I had two problem sites, one with HostGator and one with LunarPages. Both had outgrown the shared environment and were frequently shut down (mostly because of CPU overuse). Moving them to VPS hurt my pocket a bit, but I haven’t had any problems since and the download speed is great.

    There are some good VPS deals around if you look and I would recommend it if you can afford it.

  • http://www.iphone4jailbreak.org Sourish @ Iphone 4 Jailbreak

    recently i was thinking to get VPS , but my traffic dropped , so i will go for it a bit later .

  • http://www.iphone4jailbreak.org Sourish @ Iphone 4 Jailbreak

    can anyone sugest how is Hostgator VPS , as im hosted in hostgator shared , and wont require to move files , if i go with them

  • Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing

    Lets assume I have nothing more then just some blogs.

    Also assuming it’s not 20 blogs, all with the traffic of pro-blogger or tech-crunch, would you ever honestly advocate anything more then shared, or maybe reseller?

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      A site with traffic like Techcrunch or Mashable requires more than even a single dedicated computer and likely has a cloud computing environment for failover and redundancy. I am not sure I understand the question, shared hosting is only viable if you get less than say 150,000 visits per month, more than that and you have to look at VPS, when you start reaching 500k or more, maybe 1mil or more per month on all your sites combined it is time to start looking at dedicated hosting.

      • Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing

        That answers it well enough, ty.

        Of course, if you’re receiving those numbers and still can’t afford dedicated, something is seriously wrong. lol

  • http://www.interoute.com/enterprise Jimmy @ Dedicated Hosting

    VPS is a good option for many as it gives you some of the benefits of having a private server but without the cost. Of course, it’s not quite like have you own server, but for many it’s the perfect solution.

  • http://www.shopping-cart-reviews.com/ Kirsty

    I like VPS because it allows me to have a complete control of my environment and operate everything from customized software and application to database. Great :)

  • http://www.racklodge.com/ website hosting

    Great post! The lower cost advantages of virtual private server hosting can greatly assist smaller online businesses that cannot justify the expense of dedicated server hosting.VPS is definitely an option to consider for their hosting needs.

  • http://www.987mb.com Aden Clark @ cheap web hosting

    VPS hosting is the perfect bridge between shared hosting and dedicated hosting. You have the functionality of dedicated hosting, without the costs of dedicated.