- By Colin Newcomer
- Last updated: February 28, 2021
If you have a great website that’s starting to attract a lot of visitors, you’re likely beginning to wonder about the potential benefits of upgrading to a new hosting plan. For many companies, this boils down to two choices: VPS (virtual private server) or dedicated hosting.
Both types of hosting are a major upgrade over cheap shared hosting, which is where many webmasters start out. However, while both are definitely an improvement, it’s important to understand the key differences between a VPS vs a dedicated server so that you can choose the option that’s best for your own website.
Spoiler alert — a VPS is going to be the best option for most people. However, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Before we can get to that, we’ll introduce you to how VPS and dedicated hosting works and how to choose the approach that’s right for you.
Then, once we’ve covered the theory, we’ll recommend some of the top VPS and dedicated server providers to help you get up and running with a quality company.
A Basic Introduction to Servers And Hosting Plans
To start with, let’s go over a few hosting-fundamentals, such as the difference between a server and a hosting plan.
A server is pretty much just a computer with a hard drive, a CPU, some memory, and a bunch of input/output ports — in many ways, it’s actually very similar to your computer at home. Independent of whether you get a VPS or a dedicated plan, it stands that the bigger and more powerful the hardware in the server, the faster your site will potentially be able to run.
Some of the above-mentioned hardware components are particularly important when it comes to selecting a server plan. Some of these are:
- The speed of the CPU
- The amount of available memory
- The amount of storage/disk space
So what, then, makes choosing a server so problematic? The answer lies in two other factors that contribute to your server environment — your hosting plan and how these hardware components are actually used within the server.
A hosting plan is more than just a server. A hosting plan is made up of both the server and a number of management services such as core software upgrades, various security protocols (i.e. malware scans and automatic virus removal), and general performance monitoring, to name just three. To accurately judge the suitability of a hosting plan, you should be aware of the following factors:
- The server hardware
- The various management services included
- How the hardware is used
The last item on our list — how the hardware is used — is more or less what separates VPS and dedicated hosting plans. So,
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WinningWP.