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How is a VPS different from shared hosting?

When it comes to getting your website up and running, hosting is an essential ingredient. Web hosting allows you to get your site live and give it internet real estate to operate from. Web hosting can be a confusing place though, with many different options to choose from and decisions to make.

Prime among these decisions is the type of hosting and server set-up to use. Many companies now will go for VPS servers but some people may not know what they are or how they are different from the traditional shared hosting set-up. If you need more information in this crucial area, then read on.

What are VPS servers?

VPS servers give a great mix of speed, power and security to your online operations. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server and, as the name suggests, gives you your own private server in the Cloud to use. This privacy is the first key difference from traditional shared hosting.

In shared hosting, a number of different websites will share the same master server to operate. With a VPS server however, fewer websites use the same virtual server but also are kept in isolation from one another on that virtual server. This makes your section of the server private to you, which is much more secure and has less risk of security breaches.

The domino effect

Another difference between the two is what happens if there is a problem. With shared hosting, an issue with one website can crash the whole server, leading to downtime even if your site was not the culprit. This cannot happen on VPS servers as only your website is operating on your section of the server.

VPS servers also avoid the problem shared hosting can have with one website using the majority of the RAM or power to run. If this happens in shared hosting, it could see the other websites on that same server running slowly as a result. With a virtual private server, this does not happen as each site on the VPS is allocated equal amounts of resource.

**VPS servers are more flexible too **

When managing your server environment, you may want to customise some of the settings in the control panel. With shared hosting, this is not possible as you would be changing it for all the other sites on there too. A VPS hosting solution can allow this though, as your part of the virtual server is private to you, hence it can be changed to how you like it.

While both types of hosting are popular, VPS servers are starting to become more widespread for the unique advantages they give over shared hosting. It really depends on what you need for your website on an individual level but they certainly give a great option to consider.

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How is a VPS different from shared hosting?
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