Shared Hosting or VPS
In this article, I will take a look at shared hosting and Virtual Private Server (VPS for short) hosting. And then finish up with my recommendations for each type of service.
Choosing The Right Host
Choosing the right host is not easy. On your own, It might take you sometimes years to finally find the one that is right for you. Hopefully I can save you some years off your decisions, by lining out what I think about Shared and Virtual Private Hosting.
Usually when you first start out with your website you will be on a tight budget, so shared hosting might be the way for you to go as it is very inexpensive to get started. This is usually your only cost for your website if you are using a free platform like WordPress.
In a nutshell, Virtual Private Servers are a big increase in the step up from most shared hosting plans. Is the cost worth it? Let’s take a look and see.
What is shared hosting? I have described shared hosting before like it was having a room in an apartment complex with hundreds of other apartments. Sometimes you may get that neighbor that is terrible and causing a lot of trouble for everyone. So does this happen with shared hosting websites. You may have 100’s or every thousands of websites on that one server and then you have that one website that causes trouble for everyone else.
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What is Virtual Private Hosting? This is your next step up from shared hosting, but its a big step with also a big step in pricing as well. You just went from that crowded apartment complex to your own penthouse suite. You are still on a web server with other websites, but far less and you have been allocated your own personal (virtual) space with your own memory and storage. For example you may have 1 gig of memory with 50 gigabytes of storage space. This enables your site to be more secure and load faster. Your website is more secure as well just from being in its own private world.
Should You Switch to VPS?
Switching to a VPS, or maybe even starting with a VPS, is a decision you have to make based on your traffic, or the traffic you expect to get, or your business requirements.
When you first start out with your website, you may not need a VPS. Most beginners do not have the traffic initially to justify having a VPS. You can do fairly well with just shared hosting. Once your site has more content and traffic increases, then you may want to explore using a VPS.
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Overall, if you go with a VPS in the beginning, you will have a more secure and speedier site, and provide your visitors with a better user experience. Although more expensive, you need to look at this as a business investment.
Different Types of VPS
So, who is VPS for. I would actually recommend VPS services to anybody who has around $20/month to spend. VPS can get a lot more expensive, but even the lowest tier will be a lot better than any shared hosting solution.
VPS packages can come as low as $10/month but most of them would clock in at around $25 with the average service being $50 a month. As you scale up you can get into the $120 – $150 range but don’t worry too much, if you actually need that much RAM and bandwidth you are probably making enough money to easily cover the cost.
Most of your low price points with VPS are for un-managed servers. So imagine having your own server, but having to maintain it yourself. Unless you know a lot about web servers, your’re better off going with the managed ones. These usually start at about $50 a month.
Recommend VPS Hosts
There are several VPS host out there but I only recommend one and that’s Liquid Web.
What I like about Liquid Web the most is their customer support. They usually answer the phone is less then 10 minutes, and most issues can be handle through their online chat service. Their Heroic support specialists can usually diagnose the issue in a matter of minutes and correct said issue promptly.
Believe me, good customer support is important, as you would be surprised to find out how bad customer service can be with other hosts when your website is experiencing problems.
Liquid Web has 3 data centers that they own, and guarantee a 100% network uptime. I don’t know of any other hosts that can guarantee that.
Recommended Shared Hosts
There are numerous shared hosts out there but I only recommend one and that’s SiteGround. You may find less expensive shared hosts out there, but I believe you won’t find better.
I also recommend that you take advantage of their Managed WordPress Hosting. This will be your safest and most optimized option for WordPress. More about managed hosting below.
Make no mistake, this is not cheap hosting, you will pay more for this, but in in the long run I think you will find that it is more important to have piece of mind about the security and availability of your website.
Managed WordPress Hosting
If you are a blogger, perhaps doing regular maintenance on you site is just an afterthought. You log into your website on a regular basis to update your blog, so it is very normal to you to do maintenance on your site as this time as well.
If you are a business owner, that may not log into your site on a regular basis, then Managed Hosting might be ideal for you.
WordPress powers 25% of all the internet sites. With this large share of the market comes increased risks of security. WordPress updates their software on a regular basis, sometimes monthly. WordPress uses plugins to increase the functionality of its software so there are risks there as well. Updates for plugins are rolled out on a regular basis, so these must be updated on your site as soon as possible to prevent security leaks. This is where a managed WordPress plan would come in handy. You want to worry about your business and not your website, so this is where I would recommend a managed plan for you.
You know whether you have the time to maintain your site or not. You really need to log into you site everyday to do this. If your not sure if you have the time to do this or not, then you probably need a managed plan.
Let me manage your site for you. I offer hosting on my own private servers, which is optimized for WordPress, and will update your site software as needed on a monthly basic.
Managed WordPress Plans are great for that business owner that doesn’t have the time to maintain their site and doesn’t want the added expense of an IT department.
There are different plans out there but they usually start on the low end with premium hosting. This is usually hosting on a server that only has other WordPress sites on it and is optimized for WordPress.
The next level usually includes hosting and software updates and maybe regular site backups.
The final level usually includes hosting, software updates, backups and added security.
If you just want special treatment, and the ability to speak to a person, then I offer Managed WordPress Hosting to all my clients based on their individual needs. See my managed plans here.
Choosing a hosting platform can be pretty difficult. The first step is understanding the type of hosting you need. Will you go with shared, VPS or Managed. Hopefully this article has given you the background you need to make that decision.
If I can be of any further help with your decision then feel free to contact me. I would also welcome you thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.
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