What is the difference between shared, VPS and dedicated hosting?
When we shop around for hosting, we usually find three options.
1. Shared Hosting
2. VPS Hosting
3. Dedicated Hosting
Let us see what is the difference between them.
Shared Hosting is like when you are young and live with your siblings in the same room and in the same house.
All of you share the same room but have different beds. You all share the facilities like bathroom, if light is switched on, it is switched on for all. If fan is switched off, it is switched off for everyone.
In shared hosting, all hosting accounts reside on the same server and share the available resources like CPU time, memory and disk space with each other.
If you have a low traffic web site and do not need intense processing or high volume of mail sending, shared hosting is the ideal choice.
VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting
VPS Hosting is like when you grow up a little and your parents decide to give you a separate room.
You have your own room, your own bed and you can switch the lights on and off with your own will. But still, you live in the same house.
In VPS hosting, several virtual machines are created on a physical server.
CPU time and memory are shared among all accounts on the machine, but some of the other resources are dedicated to each account.
VPS hosting is ideal when you want to have control over the hosting account, want to send high volume of emails but do not mind sharing CPU time and memory with others.
Dedicated Hosting is like when you grow up and have your own separate house. You have nothing to share and everything is done at your own wish. No one else resides with you.
In dedicated hosting, the entire physical server machine belongs to you. You have access to all resources available on the machine. No one else has an account on the same server so the resources do not need to be shared.
Dedicated hosting is ideal when you want to have full control over the hosting account, manage installations, adjust the resources at your own command and want to do heavy mailing.