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  1. #1
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    Rat head or Lion tail?

    hi,
    I'm trying to decide if I need a Shared or a VPS..
    (would be nice something in between: the power of VPS with the simplicity of Shared)...

    anyway, in Spain we have a saying that is:
    you choose between rat head or lion tail;
    this means: "the best of the worst ones or the worst of the best ones"

    so my question is:

    what is more recommended for the same price:
    a good shared hosting at $25/month (forget about the $6 ones)
    or a poor VPS at $25/month?

    with the same price, what would you choose?
    expensive Shared or cheap VPS?
    assuming that:
    expensive = reliable, robust, with resources...
    cheap = easy to break, no service, FIY (fix it yourself)...

    thanks for your help

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    Unless you have server admin experience, definitely go with the quality shared hosting.
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    Quality shared hosting: I would always go for quality.

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    It is a surprise that more hosts don't offer a combination of shared and VPS hosting in the same plan. Its quite easy to do as the only change is that your website is hosted on VPS while everything else is hosted on the shared servers.

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    I too would go for that good shared hosting.
    But as catfished said, if you can manage a server, it won't be a big deal to go for the other option. But again it depends upon how bad they are, because even if you are a server admin, you will need your hosts's assistance in certain cases, especially when you are in a VPS, and if they are so bad, it will be a head ache.

    I have seen semi dedicated plans offered by certain hosts and that will be worth to be tried. They will give you more computing power, in a shared environment.
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  6. #6
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    Quality shared hosting at the same price will always beat out a VPS at the same price. You have more resources at your disposal and you don't have to worry about managing a VPS.
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    With shared hosting you are thrown in with every other tom, dick and harry. It only takes one other site to go crazy and bring down your site via hogging the CPU / RAM etc. In a VPS you are protected from this.

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    what I assume is that even if you are thrown often in a shared server, it gets repaired faster I guess.
    but if there's a problem in your vps, it might take days to be repaired.

    just another thought:
    can a VPS account be suspended?

    thanks for your thoughts and replies

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    VPS' are also shared resources but typically house fewer accounts per server than regular shared hosting.

    Repair time on either one is a toss-up depending on the company. Being a VPS doesn't mean it will take longer or less time either way to fix an issue.

    But on a VPS, you are responsible for running it yourself unless you get a fully managed VPS. In addition, if you get your own control panel, it's like having your own mini-server. This is good if you have a ton of sites.

    A VPS account can certainly be suspended although it's not common.
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    Quote Originally Posted by g-host View Post
    what I assume is that even if you are thrown often in a shared server, it gets repaired faster I guess.
    but if there's a problem in your vps, it might take days to be repaired.
    From a hardware point of view, with a VPS you are still sharing the server with other people, so the hosting company will be just as quick to repair that server as they would with a shared hosting server.

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