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    VPS vs Shared Hosting?

    Does a VPS guarantee better uptimes, and a snappier performance compared to shared hosting plans?

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    Hi,

    A Vps doesn't guarantee a better uptime and in theory should provide you better performance, but it depends of a lot of factors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piper999 View Post
    Does a VPS guarantee better uptimes, and a snappier performance compared to shared hosting plans?
    This depends completely on the provider and the specifications of the VPS, the only thing guaranteed by VPS is more control over the hosting environment.
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    It depends on your provider. While a vps and shared account both may have equal uptime . It depends on the network and company you are purchasing from. Vps and shared hosting has nothing different or more beneficial to one another.

    Shared hosting can have better uptime than vps as vps could have more than shared it just comes down to the fact that which ever service has better network then it has better uptime .

    Performance is better with a vps than a shared hosting because you get lots of resources dedicated for your use only.

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    I think that the best for you is to describe your needs. If you are looking for the fast connection speed say to New York - so that is good idea to search for the web hosting nearby.
    Kind of account depends on your needs first of all. If you have small WP site - go with shared account.

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    VPS hosting may prove to be more 'honest' than a shared hosting environment. While hosts can use cloudlinux and similar OS to limit the resources between users, it does not guarantee the resources, it just sets the cap. a VPS server has most of the resources preset, so will less likely feel any influence caused by other users on the server.

    Which is better?
    It's hard to say. In short, if you have the money, VPS is better.

    VPS is pricier, but it will have less space and bandwidth, compared to a shared hosting account for the same price.

    If you have a relatively small site (<500 unique visitors per day), a shared hosting should do fine. For larger sites, we would recommend a VPS server, as most likely you would be making more than $10-20 per month from such site, which should cover your hosting expenses fully.
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    In my experience, VPS performance and uptime have always been MUCH better than with shared hosting. I have now tried several of both types. How could it be guaranteed though? The question is meaningless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piper999 View Post
    Does a VPS guarantee better uptimes, and a snappier performance compared to shared hosting plans?
    It all depends. You can get a vps with worse uptime and worse performance compared to shared hosting. Like others have said in the thread it all depends on your provider.

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    I agree: Provider dependent and also being completely honest about your own technical abilities. If you feel a VPS to secure, monitor and optimism is out of your comfort zone then Shared Hosting is probably better for you (Assuming the actual host can do those things correctly in the first place!).
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    Well since a lot of you have asked about my needs, let me explain. I havent settled on a provider yet. But my website has about 6k uniques everyday and it is growing so I need something scalable.
    I think I want a fully managed VPS with a cPanel, to mimic my Shared hosting plan right now mainly because I don't want to learn the technicalities of setting up a VPS - unless it's somehow beneficial? What am I missing here?

    I cannot understand however, how a VPS cannot guarantee a better performance? I mean, isn't it like a virtual dedicated server? Doesnt that automatically make it better than a shared hosting plan? Can't it handle more load and operate smoothly? Not to mention it's like 10x more expensive than shared hosting?? So what exactly can it guarantee? That I can customize some settings? That isn't really persuading me to get a VPS to be honest....
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    Quote Originally Posted by piper999 View Post
    Well since a lot of you have asked about my needs, let me explain. I havent settled on a provider yet. But my website has about 6k uniques everyday and it is growing so I need something scalable.
    I think I want a fully managed VPS with a cPanel, to mimic my Shared hosting plan right now because I don't really want to learn the technicalities of setting up a VPS - unless its somehow beneficial?

    I cannot understand however, how a VPS cannot guarantee a better performance? I mean, isn't it like a virtual dedicated server? Doesnt that automatically make it better than a shared hosting plan? Can't it handle more load and operate smoothly? Not to mention it's like 10x more expensive than shared hosting??
    On paper and pen it does sound better than shared hosting. However it all depends on your provider! If you get a vps on a clustered node, you will find that you had a better experience with shared hosting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaymondA View Post
    On paper and pen it does sound better than shared hosting. However it all depends on your provider! If you get a vps on a clustered node, you will find that you had a better experience with shared hosting.
    I see, but even if it was a clustered node, wont my memory & cpu resources be guaranteed? Isnt that what Im paying for? So it shouldnt matter if its clustered, because my resources are guaranteed yes?

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    Hi

    A vps (or cloud server) sounds ideal for your requirements. Assuming you get a good provider your site should be quicker too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by piper999 View Post
    I see, but even if it was a clustered node, wont my memory & cpu resources be guaranteed? Isnt that what Im paying for? So it shouldnt matter if its clustered, because my resources are guaranteed yes?
    It depends on the visualization type. On OpenVZ resources are not guaranteed. But saying that, there are many good openvz providers that don't oversell their nodes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberHostPro View Post
    Hi

    A vps (or cloud server) sounds ideal for your requirements. Assuming you get a good provider your site should be quicker too!
    Is there any difference between this "cloud server" and a VPS? And whoa, my site will be quicker too? That sounds awesome! So a VPS will be better for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaymondA View Post
    It depends on the visualization type. On OpenVZ resources are not guaranteed. But saying that, there are many good openvz providers that don't oversell their nodes.
    That makes sense! Thanks for the help Raymond! What are the other kinds of virtualization out there? Anything that does guarantee my resources?

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    Quote Originally Posted by piper999 View Post
    That makes sense! Thanks for the help Raymond! What are the other kinds of virtualization out there? Anything that does guarantee my resources?
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    A cloud server typically uses xen/VMware which will gaurentee your resources
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    Quote Originally Posted by piper999 View Post
    That makes sense! Thanks for the help Raymond! What are the other kinds of virtualization out there? Anything that does guarantee my resources?
    xen, kvm, etc...

    You can still use openvz! You just have to pick a good provider.

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    Picking a good provider is always key. There are many things that can be screwed up outside of the virtualization technology used.

    VPS will be faster than shared hosting only if you get decent resources. Your shared server might have 8-12 cores and 16+GB RAM for running the sites. At 6k visitors/day you're probably one of the heavier users on the server, meaning you're getting more than your "fair" share, which is planned in by the host that some will use more than average, most will use a lot less.

    If you pick up a VPS with 512MB of RAM and 1 CPU core and put cPanel on there, that's not going to leave a lot left for your site to do much. cPanel will use a decent chuck of those resources by itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piper999 View Post
    Is there any difference between this "cloud server" and a VPS? And whoa, my site will be quicker too? That sounds awesome! So a VPS will be better for me?
    A Cloud Server should provide high-availability in that if the hardware node (physical server) that your Cloud Server is running on has an issue and goes down your Cloud Server would automatically be restarted on another hardware node (physical server) in the cloud, minimizing downtime.

    A standard VPS would not typically provide that level of high-availability but some providers do. Without some level of high-availability configuration if the hardware node that your VPS was running on went down your VPS would be down until the hardware node was brought back up.

    In the end, Cloud Server can be another term for a highly available VPS.


    With a VPS/Cloud Server comes greater responsibility as someone needs to administer (take care of) the server (initial setup, patching, on-going maintenance, etc). Backups are critical (as they are with your site today) in the event data is somehow corrupted or deleted. Server performance monitoring as well to let your system administrators know when resources potentially need to be increased or the server is down.

    As for your site being quicker, it is certainly possible but there are other variables to factor in to truly determine that (current server configuration and load). However, as the resources in the VPS/Cloud Server are dedicated to just your use the odds are your site will see some type of performance improvement.
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    Most of picking any solution or provider comes down to the research. Firstly, be aware that you need to be aware and know the resource requirements of website you plan to host. A heavy traffic forum has bit different resource requirement then say a picture gallery website. The different web software out there all have their strong and weak points and you need to be sure that you not only have the proper resources for what you are running now, but also have plenty of growing room so you aren't having to shuffle your environment every other month.

    Shared and VPS will also depend heavily on the host as stated by the others here. However, with a VPS typically your actual resources available is more clearly spelled out than a shared environment. With that knowledge of knowing what you need for your hosting solution picking a proper resourced solution becomes much easier in a VPS+ environment.

    Doing the research now will pay off loads afterwords.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZJoeM View Post
    Most of picking any solution or provider comes down to the research. Firstly, be aware that you need to be aware and know the resource requirements of website you plan to host. A heavy traffic forum has bit different resource requirement then say a picture gallery website. The different web software out there all have their strong and weak points and you need to be sure that you not only have the proper resources for what you are running now, but also have plenty of growing room so you aren't having to shuffle your environment every other month.

    Shared and VPS will also depend heavily on the host as stated by the others here. However, with a VPS typically your actual resources available is more clearly spelled out than a shared environment. With that knowledge of knowing what you need for your hosting solution picking a proper resourced solution becomes much easier in a VPS+ environment.

    Doing the research now will pay off loads afterwords.
    /thread couldn't have said it better myself

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    I was on a shared business account with HostGator for 5 years before I decided to upgrade. I asked HG if upgrading to their VPS would be right for me, they actually said no, because the machine the business accounts was on, was way more powerful than any VPS they could offer. I'd had to go dedicated to get the same output. I started to look around and ended up with KnownHost, which I highly recommend. Have a pre-sales chat with some already researched providers, and go from there. When you find the right host for you, I'm sure your site will be faster in all aspects ( because you can fit the VPS to meet your needs, unlike shared hosting )

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    I think a VPS is probably the best option. It will probably be much faster due to how many users are probably on that one shared hosting server, this could cause a lot of downtime for your site if you went with the shared hosting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synerhost View Post
    I think a VPS is probably the best option. It will probably be much faster due to how many users are probably on that one shared hosting server, this could cause a lot of downtime for your site if you went with the shared hosting.
    Not true. Like we've said before. It depends entirely on the host.

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    Three major types of web hosting arrangements include virtual private server (VPS) hosting and shared hosting. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, VPS and dedicated different hosting plan types depending upon a number of factors, including price features and available resources each platform provides.

    After all, I think VPS hosting is better than shared hosting for its services.

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    VPS will give more control but it really depends on the provider. You best bet would be to search the forums for reviews before you sign up for either shared hosting or a vps.

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    As fellow members said.. you cannot compare VPS with Shared hosting. VPS is like a low end dedicated server.

    Upgrade to VPS only if you are getting complaints or consuming lot of resources. Stay with Shared/Reseller hosting until you really find it necessary to move on to VPS / Dedicated.

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    On black & white, yes, a VPS "should" be better than a shared host. At least that is the way it was meant to be.

    However, not all hosting service providers are created equal. That is the key right there. You can get a host that promises you the sun, the moon, the stars, and all the heavens above... But that does not guarantee anything.

    The true key is who is your provider. That will often determine what you end up with.

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    There is no plan that is better than another. If one is starting up with no traffic, cheap, but good shared hosting can work well. A VPS is what you need for your case with 6K uniques daily. But don't assume that you will be able to keep using a basic VPS service forever. When your site grows enough, you will need you will need to switch to dedicated. Web hosting needs to be changed depending on how mature the business is.

    And its not a matter of speed or uptime in general as those depend on the host more than the plan. It's more a matter of resources.

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    And don't forget: managing a VPS is a lot more costly than managing shared accounts. With shared hosting, your hosting provider takes care of the server management. And assuming you have a good provider, that means they go to great lengths to protect the server from attacks and make sure the server keeps running smoothly whatever happens.

    When you get a VPS, that task is up to you. Resist the urge to go for a $10-$15 VPS unless you know what you are doing and don't install a free control panel and think you are covered. If you don't have the time and skills to manage your server, either get someone who does to manage it for you (or just a managed VPS) or be prepared to face the consequences.

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    Under shared hosting your resources are being shared by many users. VPS gives you dedicated or semi-dedicated resources. Uptime has nothing to do with shared or vps both can have their own up time and down time. To choose between the both, your needs and specs required by your app/website has to be consolidated first and then it would be easier to arrive at a solution.
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    VPS Gives you a more permission and you can make your own firewall rules,etc but with shared hosting you have a limited access.

    I prefer to use VPS for hosting my blog/forum,etc.
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    Selecting a shared or a VPS hosting platform depends on the requirements of your website. With a VPS you get better configurations and even if your website traffic increases, managing it is not a problem. If you have outgrown a shared hosting package, then opting for a VPS hosting plan is a logical choice.
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