Ever since preschool we’ve been taught that sharing is a good thing. After all, if someone has a surplus of goodies, it’s the “right thing to do” to share it—but that’s not how it works with web hosting packages. A lot of businesses, especially small and mid-sized, still have basic shared hosting plans. That worked well enough for a while, especially when virtual private servers/VPS hosting cost a lot more. However, now that VPS hosting and basic shared hosting are often the same price, why are you still sharing? When you share your server with other clients, you’re simply not getting the best service.
Here’s how it works: Technically, you’re still sharing a physical server with both basic shared hosting and VPS hosting. However, basic shared hosting means you’re literally sharing a tangible, physical server with sometimes thousands of other people. You don’t know who these other clients are and may not know how many people you’re sharing it with. That kind of sharing can open up your website/business to vulnerabilities. Plus, when everyone’s vying for the same product and services, you’re obviously going to encounter some issues, like slow load times.
What Makes VPS Different?
With VPS hosting, you’re sharing the same physical server—but it’s then split into multiple, independent “virtual servers.” In terms of sharing (there’s none) and safety, it’s nearly the same thing as having dedicated hosting. Yes, the physical server can still technically get damaged in severe cases like a natural disaster. That’s why you need to ask the web host what security measures they have in place, where the physical server is housed, and what they’re doing to ensure safety.
Also, the virtual server can technically be hacked if a cybercriminal is dedicated and skilled enough. The same is true of dedicated hosting. There’s no such thing as guaranteed foolproof hosting no matter how advanced the technology or how high the price is. However, VPS hosting is innately safer than basic shared hosting. A hacker would have to be pretty determined to get into your account.
Why isn’t Everyone Doing This?
That’s the question every tech-savvy person is asking. Simply put, basic shared hosting has been around for so long and the name seems “safe,” so people simply aren’t seeking out other solutions. You need to actively shop for a hosting package upgrade—or even shop for a new web host since not all hosts offer VPS. It doesn’t seem like that important of a task, so it’s often put on the back burner. A lot of people also don’t know the pros to switching to VPS, and they think their website is “good enough” as it is.
It might be running moderately well, but that’s only because most website owners don’t know what they’re missing. How can they know their downtime is high or that their site runs slow if they don’t know any different? It’s not like VPS is rampantly advertised, and the tech jargon with web hosting can be overwhelming, pushing clients away. However, VPS is well worth looking into for the speed and safety alone.