Comparison based on the theoretical aspects of the features & the cheaper pricing of the shared hosts grab our attention, gradually the first thing that comes in mind for hosting a website is shared host and why not, hosting providers like godaddy, hostgator etc. provides unlimited domain, unlimited disk space & unlimited bandwidth in just around $5-6/mo & in india around Rs 350-400/mo which is the most economical option for hosting a website but are they really unlimited?
When the term performance comes into place shared hosting can be a nightmare. Resources of the shared web server is basically shared by a huge number of users. The actual logic behind the shared service is that “most of the time it should work fine” & that’s true. When there are too many request comes for the server from many users i.e the hosted thousands of websites then you can really feel the down performance of your website and again may be at the midnight or in some time when there is too low server requests then you’ll find your website is running like its hosted in a dedicated server.
Shared server crashes so many times in a day & some time you may not be able to notice because possibly you were not accessing your website then, but if you have a up time script in your machine you can realize how often the server goes down and its gonna scare you.
Unless you want your website visitors to feel the low performance of your site which is possibly just because the hosting server, the next most economical solution is to have a VPS (Virtual Private Host). In VPS hosting, every website is hosted on a virtual private server on a more powerful hardware. A physical machine is divided into several virtual compartments, and server software is setup on them separately, making each unit capable of functioning independently.
Though other websites may be hosted on the same physical system, yours would be the only website(s) hosted in the virtual compartment allocated – with independent server resources (CPU, RAM, disk space, etc) to you. Other websites on the machine won’t affect the performance of yours. That means you get exactly the same system resources you pay for.
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You get complete root access to your server as if it were your dedicated server. But technically you are still on the same physical machine and sharing its CPU, RAM, disk storage, and bandwidth. VPS hosting gives you complete control over your server and almost the same benefits of the pricey dedicated server. This way, you can get a virtual dedicated server for a much cheaper price and get higher performance for your website than a shared server.
You can purchase VPS from shared hosting providers too but the price is really high, like the minimum price of VPS of godaddy in india is Rs 2399/mo i.e. almost 10times of the price of shared hosting, there are some several other providers from where you’ll get exact same thing but in way too low price just like Linode, DigitalOcean, vultr etc. takes just $5/mo for a VPS with around 1GB of RAM, 1 code cpu & 20GB of SSD space, but here is one little issue with these providers – out of the box they’ll give you just one server box thats it, it means no cpanel, no db management tool just nothing but you’ll have to ssh into it. from scratch you have to setup all the necessary software you need- from the OS, then Apache/Nginx, then PHP and so on to the last small software you require which is not that difficult but requires some tech skills but in return you’ll get almost 10times more strong server than what you can have from shared hosting.
There are some other choices if you can afford some more money & it is PAS (Platform-as-a-Service) like Heroku, fortrabbit here you get lots of import software already installed for you like composer, git and some other, its much easier to deploy a web application in PAS.
So choose what best fits you and create amazing web apps.