Shared, VPS, & Dedicated Hosting Platforms – What’s the Difference?
What’s the best web hosting platform for your site? Do you need to harness the power of a Dedicated Server ? Or would a budget-friendly Shared Hosting Package be sufficient? Let’s go ahead and review the apples and oranges of web hosting platforms.
Shared Web Hosting refers to a service where your account shares the resources (like memory, RAM, etc.) of a single web server with other Shared Web Hosting Accounts. This puts the ‘Shared’ in Shared Hosting. It is also why these accounts can be offered at a much lower price than Dedicated Hosting solutions.
Generally the needs of personal and smaller commerce sites are low enough that resource sharing isn’t an issue. A web server that is not oversold is capable of smoothly running every site stored within it.
You can think of Shared Hosting like owning a single unit in an apartment building. All units share the infrastructure and utilities of the building. However the space inside the apartment is yours to use as you please.
Virtual Private Servers
If Shared Web Hosting is like owning a unit in an apartment building, Virtual Private Servers are like living in a really nice Condo. Instead of Sharing all of the resources on the server, a specific amount is dedicated for your account’s use only.
Although technically there are other accounts on the physical server, these accounts are partitioned off into multiple ‘virtual’ servers which look and act like their own dedicated server. A Virtual Private Server runs its own operating system, applications, and data which are all isolated from other data on the physical server. This enables customers to have the benefits of a dedicated server at a fraction of the cost.
All VPS accounts have the ability to run MySQL locally, allowing databases to reside on the VPS along with the web files. This is sometimes important for users that need a custom MySQL configuration.
Purchasing a Dedicated Server means that your account, and only your account, will run on the web server. Having a Dedicated Server is like owning your own home. The server is for your use only. This allows for the highest level of customization, security, and performance.
All Dedicated Servers at pair Networks are synched with a ShadowDrive. This takes a mirror image of each drive for backup. In the event of a drive failure, the secondary hard drive, using ShadowDrive technology, can easily be swapped for the failing drive saving you from the long restore time associated with other backup systems.