When it comes to hosting your website or app, deciding upon the kind of hosting to be used is a very important decision. This is because there are many hosting types out there such as Shared Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, VPS Hosting etc. Each of these hosting types brings different features to the table and comes with their own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the website’s requirements and the situations your site may be facing, you would want to understand each of these hosting types and make the right choice for your site. In this post, we will talk about Shared Hosting and VPS Hosting and understand various scenarios that can help make a decision to switch from Shared to VPS Hosting.
Let’s look at these aspects one by one.
1. You are in the need of Full Root Access.
At times you and your IT team will require flexibility take up activities that need full root access. These activities include reconfiguration of the kernel, configuration of the firewall, making changes to the file systems and configuration of system daemons. All these aspects are not made available on Shared Hosting as again, the server resources are shared with multiple sites hosted on the server. VPS Hosting, however, does provide full root access and puts you in the position to make these customizations on demand. The full root access also enables you to setup and install security software and customize the firewall which goes a long way for your website’s security.
2. Security is a Concern.
Shared Hosting has a resource sharing environment with multiple websites hosted on the same server due to which the chances of security threats are higher. If an outside attacker breaks into one site on the shared hosting environment, he can also make his way to your site. It is important that you keep yourself well informed with regards to security by constantly checking the security logs and take necessary action. But receiving security logs or setting up additional security measures in Shared Hosting may be a problem as again all hosting resources are shared among all the websites.
In Virtual Private Server Hosting, on the other hand, you will have full root access. With this, you have the liberty to install whatever security software you need and make all necessary changes to the firewall to customize the security detail in order to meet your needs.
3. Traffic on the Website Increases.
This is an important factor. Shared Hosting will work well for smaller websites which receive limited traffic. However, if the traffic goes above a certain extent, the performance of the website hosted on Shared space may suffer. This is because in Shared Hosting, critical resources such as CPU, RAM etc. are shared by all the sites hosted on the server. If the traffic on any of the sites sharing these resources increases, it will put a strain on the overall hosting environment.
VPS Hosting is very similar to Dedicated Hosting. Here a part of the hosting resources is virtually allocated to you and you no longer need to share hosting resources like RAM and CPU. It is important that you do a proper estimation of hosting resources that your website or app may require and then make a decision if you need VPS Hosting or Shared Hosting will do just fine. Benchmark values of RPS (requests per second) and PRT (Peak response time) to have a more scientific approach to estimate hosting resource requirement.
4. You Need to Pass the PCI DSS Compliance Test.
If your website integrates a payment gateway that will process credit and debit cards, you will definitely need a PCI DSS compliance certification. This compliance test was introduced by top card companies around the world to ensure the eCommerce sites and other online portals that work with cards are safe for the users.
To pass the compliance test, many a time Shared Hosting is not enough as it may be more vulnerable to security attacks. The resource sharing environment and the lack of flexibility to enhance security makes Shared Hosting susceptible to security threats. That being said, VPS Hosting and Dedicated Hosting make you better equipped to pass the PCI DSS compliance tests. This is primarily because these hosting types offer a lot more control over their resources and better security can be employed for secure payments. VPS Hosting is cheaper than dedicated hosting so it can definitely be considered before investing in Dedicated Hosting if just the PCI test is your hurdle.
5. There’s always a Need of Installing Custom Software Frequently.
Certain websites need constant development work, upgrading, and integration of custom or 3rd party software. These things in order to function smoothly, need a high level of administrative control which Shared Hosting may fail to provide as it does not provide full root access.
VPS Hosting provides full root access that allows you to install and setup any necessary software to the system and offers a high level of administrative control which aids your developers massively. With your virtual server, everything works for you like your very own stand-alone dedicated server.
6. The Need for Hosting Support is Growing.
For growing websites, evolution is highly important. You need to step up to the growing demands constantly and this may require constant upgrading of your website to keep the momentum going. As you website grows in size, resources, and complexity, your need for better support also grows. As you have higher flexibility and customization options with VPS Hosting, you will also need a support team that is top notch and always on. Support for Shared Hosting may not be as comprehensive as for VPS Hosting as it is comparatively more complicated and offers a higher level of flexibility and features.
Here I End
In a nutshell, the above-mentioned points can be a good benchmark to understand if it is time for you to move from Shared Hosting to VPS Hosting. Hope you find this helpful and if you are in the need of any more clarity, please feel free to write about it in the comments section below and we can have a discussion about it.