Nowadays probably everyone knows what is Web Hosting. With so many hosts around, it becomes very hard for people to choose which host is best for them. Mostly when we talk about web hosting, only shared hosting comes into our mind. Being a startup blogger shared hosting works great. But as and when traffic surges, shared hosting lags to fulfil the demand. It’s all because of the architecture the shared hosting is based upon. When shared hosting falls apart, the only other name that comes to our mind is VPS ( Virtual Private Server) and a new entrant called Cloud Hosting. Let’s see the comparison between Cloud Hosting Vs VPS: Which is better for web hosting
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VPS ( Virtual Private Server)
VPS as the name suggests it a virtual portion of a dedicated server. Ideally speaking it is also a shared hosting but in a certain amount of resources is dedicated to you. A dedicated server is divided into multiple VPS and each VPS has its own dedicated resources. For Example, if a physical server has 16 GB of RAM and has 8 VPS, so each VPS will have 2 GB of dedicated RAM. The same is not true for shared hosting or cloud hosting in which you may consume full 16 GB ( Many host control how much max resource you can use) or may not get any RAM at all. That’s when you get HTTP 500 error. So VPS provides you guaranteed resources like a physical server and it allows you to customize your server the way you want.
- You will always get dedicated resource for what you have paid
- Speed fluctuation is minimal server resource is fixed.
- Offer customization to suit your business needs.
- Have no restriction on the number of a domain that you can host ( Some control panel has restriction)
- You can change the server setting, install plugins to get the optimal speed.
- Usually comes with a dedicated IP ( For shared/ cloud hosting its optional)
- The option of using your choose Operating system, control panel etc
- Offers reverse DNS service
- Offers a little or few scopes of expansion
- You need to have good technical knowledge to configure a server.
- Generally, VPS does not provide a backup facility
- Unless managed hosting, VPS host does not provide good customer support
- Managed VPS hosting is expensive
- In case of a server crash, there is a little chance of retrieval unless you took backup by your own.
- You will have a speed difference from different geographical location. For example, if you buy an India VPS and try to access that from the US, you won’t get good speed.
Cloud hosting is a special type of shared hosting where the resource is speed accords many dedicated server. Also, cloud hosting servers are located in many geographic locations. In traditional shared hosting, you will be able to host in a portion of a single dedicated server. In cloud hosting your data is copied across many servers. So you will get a better speed and in case of a server crash, you can always get back your data from other cloud servers. Although cloud hosting does not offer customization it offers much better scalability.
- Since your data is copied over multiple servers, so you get better speed.
- You can get similar speed from any location considering the host has a cloud server in that location.
- Less chance of data loss and your data is copied over a different server.
- Offers much better scalability option compare to shared hosting and VPS
- Generally, cloud hosting offers backup facility
- You will get managed support without any extra cost.
- Cost is a bit less compared to VPS.
- You can not customize the server and have to accept what the host provides.
- Absolutely no control to change settings to meet your need.
- Since it’s shared hosting, so data privacy is an issue.
- In general, you won’t get a dedicated IP until you pay extra
- Costlier than typical shared hosting but offers all restrictions.
Below is the key differences between VPS, cloud hosting and shared hosting
|VPS||Cloud Hosting||Shared Hosting|
|Hosted in a SINGLE server||MULTIPLE servers possible||Only a SINGLE server|
|Dedicated resource||No dedicated resource||No dedicated resource|
|Offers customization||No customization||No customization|
|Offers steady speed||Fluctuating speed||Poor server speed|
|Geographical constraint||No geographical constraint||Geographical constraints|
|Dedicated IP out of the box||The extra cost for Dedicated IP||Hardly any Dedicated IP|
|No restriction of the number of domain||Has restriction||Has restriction|
|Reverse DNS service||No reverse DNS||No reverse DNS|
|Custom name server possible||No custom name server||No custom name server|
|Managed support at extra cost||Free managed service||Free managed service|
|Back up facility at extra cost||Free backup facility||Free backup facility|
|Data is more secure||Risk of data loss||Data is at risk of loss|
|Technical skills required||No technical skill required||No technical skill required|
|Pricy compared to Cloud Hosting||Costly compared to shared hosting||Cheapest Hosting|
As I always say nothing is called best. It depends on your requirement and investment that you can make. Choose VPS if you have enough traffic but can live with cloud hosting if you are a beginner. Avoid shared hosting as it offers more restrictions. Always choose a reputed host like GoDaddy.com, ResellersClub, Hostgator etc to get seamless service.