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VPS Vs Dedicated Server: Why You Might Already Need One of Them

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Are you thinking about moving your business or your blogging website from a shared hosting server to one with more freedom, control, security, and privacy? 

Perhaps your website is exceeding daily traffic goals, or you’re thinking about scaling. For all these reasons and many more, it’s time to move to either a VPS or a dedicated server.

If you’re wondering, what the hell are VPS and dedicated servers, and which one would be best for my business, this is your lucky day as that’s precisely what I’m here to explain.

Make sure you read this article till the end if you want to find the perfect server for your website’s success and growth.

But First, What is a Website Server?

A website server, also known as website hosting, is like a space you rent on the internet to keep your website. Your audience will type your URL address to access the website.

Web hosting companies provide the technology and services needed for your website to be available on the internet.

We wrote a detailed post on everything you need to know about website hosting and how to host one with Bluehost. Check the article here. 

The web hosting industry has grown exponentially in the last 50 years. There were only four registered hosts in 1969. (firstsiteguide.com)

Currently, there are over 1.2 billion hostnames. Fortunately for you, only 15.5% of these are active, giving you the needed room to succeed with your online business.

Source: Netcraft

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“Web Hosting Server is the lifeline of every website. It should be up and running 24/7.” ―
Dr Chris Dayagdag

How to Know It's Time to Upgrade Your Hosting

When starting your blog or your small online business, you probably went for shared hosting, which is at the bottom of the hierarchy. That’s okay as everybody starts there.

Why? It’s cheap, has fewer technical requirements, and is the most reliable option if you’re creating a website for the first time. Besides, it can handle up to 100,000 visitors per month and 3000 daily visitors. 

In this era where 7.5 million plus blog posts are published every day, getting such a massive amount of monthly visitors only becomes real after 2-3 years of consistent blogging. So shared hosting fits the bill when beginning your online venture.

Now, as you keep updating your blog with new articles, you start getting more and more traffic. A few of your posts are going viral and what happens? You get a sudden spike of traffic before you know it.

This contributes to a massive load placed on your shared hosting. If you don’t shift to more reliable hosting, you (and your readers) will start noticing a degrading performance. This is the sign that tells you it’s time to upgrade.

Failing to upgrade means losing readers, which translates into less money from your blog or e-commerce business. Now that it’s settled let’s move to the meat of the article.

What is VPS?

A VPS hosting service, short for Virtual Private Server, is a server that provides a few selected users with private access to the resources of that server and the network bandwidth being used by the server.

In short, instead of being 500 users on one server, you’re now more like 10 users!

It also provides more security and customization along with storage and scalability options than a shared hosting service.

Let's Consider a More Practical Example


Say you want to buy a house, but you don’t have the funds to do so. 

In that case, instead of living in a big building, you choose to rent a room in a good house, that way you’re going to get all the perks and advantages of living in a home (garden, BBQs, …) even though you’re not paying for the full house!

That house is a Virtual Private Server, and your website is your room in it. You’ll share the same physical space, but the security, options, and resources will be your own to use.

Creating virtual private servers on a central physical server is known as virtualization, which is performed by software the web hosting company uses. So, in all ways, shapes, and forms, a VPS would be a better option than a shared hosting service.

What is a Dedicated Server?

A fully optimized, managed, customizable physical server that houses no other website than yours, and whose resources and bandwidth are for hosting your business website alone.

Dedicated servers are either created on-demand or can be chosen from a pre-made lineup of machines a web hosting company owns. 

Either way, the dedicated servers market has seen a high trajectory since 2010. According to Statista, the market is worth $3.05 billion in 2010, and reached $5.72 billion in 2020.

With this option, you have every option imaginable in your control. From physical settings to operating system choice, customization, and everything in between, dedicated servers can do it all.

A dedicated server would be your house in a practical example, with no one except you living in it. All the resources, spaces, and elements of the house belong to you. 

In terms of:

  • Email marketing

  • Payment safety

  • Functionality

  • OS changeability

  • Remote usage

  • Many other features

Dedicated servers are the best hosting solution out there, being used by high-traffic generating blog and website companies.

Contrary to other options, there are server maintenance and optimization service options available when you purchase a dedicated server for your website.

The company and its staff are responsible for the uploading, maintenance, customization, and upkeep of the server, In contrast, you only need to provide the demands and place the requirements, which are why dedicated servers are the top tier hosting service.

Unmanaged and Managed VPS and Dedicated Servers

Both types of servers come in two options:

  • Managed

  • Unmanaged

With a managed VPS or dedicated hosting, you get all the resources to host your website. Plus, your hosting provider will handle and maintain the servers for you. 

This makes managed servers more expensive unless you’re an advanced technical user who can handle all the technical details.

On the other hand, unmanaged dedicated servers or VPS hosting are just basic hardware and software. It’s upon you to set and maintain everything on your own.

This doesn’t mean installing WordPress alone. You’ll have to install everything from scratch to make your website work. As you can see, unmanaged servers are more difficult to handle. They’re better suited for developers.

Differences Between VPS and Dedicated Servers

OK, they’re both servers, but what’s the difference between them in terms of features:

• Cost

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Use quotes that resonate with the topic you are tackling. Don’t use them haphazardly but strategically.

The first thing that comes to mind when we are talking about the differences between a VPS and a dedicated server is the cost. 

When we talk about a VPS, we talk about a much better and secure hosting option than shared hosting, so there’s a slight price increase, but the ratio cost/value is incredible.

You can get good quality VPS services from $10 to over $100/month even if you’re looking for high-end physical and software resources. 

For a dedicated server, since the whole machine belongs to your website, the cheapest low-end options start at $35/month, and I’ve seen enterprise-level dedicated servers go over $1000/month and more even.

Winner: VPS

• Security

Let’s establish a baseline. Both these options are 10X better for privacy and security than a shared hosting service.

If we compare both, in a VPS, you’re going to get a dedicated IP address, along with bandwidth and resource security as well as virus security.

But in the case of a dedicated server, along with multiple dedicated IP addresses, you can get an SSL certificate, email marketing security, software security, payment security. 

Winner: Dedicated server

• Customization Options

In a VPS, you’ll get more customization options and features than shared hosting, but not as much as a dedicated server. 

This means you’re going to get server setting changeability, server customization, remote desktop usage, and much more.

But in the case of a dedicated server, you’re going to get all of these things along with the complete control of the operating system element. 

This means you can choose between a Linux-based server or a Windows-based server depending upon your speed and optimization requirements and incredible customization freedom.

However, if you’re not a developper, running it on a day to day basis will be hell on earth!

Winner: Dedicated Server

• Speed and Storage

As we know, servers are computers and the computer’s speed depends upon the processor and RAM and other components. 

Well, if you think from this perspective, a VPS would provide divided processor speed and storage for your website which is usually enough for websites but depends on what niche you’re working on.

Dedicated servers, on the other hand, utilize all the processor, RAM, and storage resources of a server machine making sure that the website can be scaled according to the traffic requirements effectively. 

This is what makes dedicated servers better in terms of speed, loading times, maintenance requirements, and the overall storage you might have allotted for your blog or business website.

Winner: Dedicated server

• Creation and Maintenance

When it comes to VPS hosting service, you usually buy a private section of a physical server, and then, using the installed software, you have to set up, maintain, and perform the upkeep of the website installed onto the server machine’s private virtual sector.

As I said before, dedicated servers sometimes come with the bonus of web hosting companies offering creation and maintenance services so you don’t have to worry about any of the detailed work. 

From the upkeep to the maintenance of the server and everything in between, the professionals will manage, you only need to give instructions but this feature usually costs extra payment unless you’re getting a killer deal.

Winner: Tie

 

• Customer and Technical Support

Good customer support is vital to any industry. Do you remember the last time your car broke down? 

You called your auto-mechanic, and he was quick to offer a solution. If the problem was worse, he would come to wherever you are, or sent a towing vehicle to take your car to the garage.

But what if instead, the mechanic decided to throw you an auto-manual and to let you figure things on your own? It’s not something I’d like to happen personally.

Sadly, that might just be the same thing with shared hosting providers. But it’s completely different if you use VPS or dedicated hosting.

Thanks to the generally high costs of these solutions, you can expect to receive better customer service 24/7 for both. 

Winner: Tie

Advantages of VPS Hosting

As hinted earlier, VPS hosting tends to be cheaper. It doesn’t come with sophisticated features and intricate automation. Still, it offers the basic features you’ll need to run a pretty big website.

Having multiple people renting the same software makes the host divide the cost equitably among each user.

VPS hosting also does a good job in flexibility regarding performance. As a result, the server can perform well in handling sudden traffic surges.

Plus, VPS hostings are very easy to scale in case your site traffic increases significantly. Why? Let’s get back to our story of renting your house.

When friends wanna live with you and the current room you’re renting can’t accommodate them all, you rent the next empty room in the house. Right?

Contextually, this means you’ll get more room, resources, and options to accommodate your friends. As you can see, scaling is easier on VPS hosting. You simply rent the next available room.

On the other hand, scaling on a dedicated hosting might be challenging. Since you own the whole house, scaling means shifting from that house to a much bigger house somewhere.

Which Hosting Solution Is Best for Your Business?


Still not sure which hosting solution would be the best for your business? Well, then we’re going to have to get into a little more detail in that case. Let’s review our growth potential and scale.

If your website is a simple small-scale information and service-providing website, then your traffic may be in the hundreds or thousands per day. 

In that case, you won’t need too much flexibility in terms of scale, which means a VPS would be better, and it wouldn’t need a dedicated server.

However, if you own a blog or an e-commerce website that brings thousands or tens of thousands of visitors to it every single day, then the better option in terms of speed, security, and overall customizability would surely be a dedicated server 

(especially if you have spikes in traffic during the day like with facebook ad campaigns for example).

Once you’ve figured out the hosting company you wanna go with, you’re good to go. 

But the most important thing to keep in mind is the budget you have. If your site is bringing in a lot of profit, then go for a dedicated server, otherwise, go for a cheaper but safer VPS solution (at least at first).

Advantages of Dedicated Servers

No VPS servers can match the automation and resources dedicated servers offer regarding CPU power, storage space, hardware and memory.

Plus, dedicated servers have invested a lot to guarantee your security. They understand that huge enterprises with massive traffic are prone to malicious attacks.

Lastly, the servers have higher speeds than any other servers. This is because the virtual layer is non-existent hence allowing data to pass through without delay. 

Conclusion

No VPS servers can match the automation and resources dedicated servers offer regarding CPU power, storage space, hardware and memory.

Plus, dedicated servers have invested a lot to guarantee your security. They understand that huge enterprises with massive traffic are prone to malicious attacks.

Lastly, the servers have higher speeds than any other servers. This is because the virtual layer is non-existent hence allowing data to pass through without delay. 

Shared hosting services might be good when you’re starting out, but in the long run, as your website or blog starts to get higher daily traffic and better results, the workload can’t be managed by a simple shared server hosting an immense number of websites.

This is why it’s incredibly important that you shift from a Shared hosting service to a VPS or dedicated server before your site gets too slow and you start losing traffic.

In either case, it will be a massive upgrade in terms of speed, optimization, space, security, control, and overall internet success. So, it is time to make your move and choose a better server solution.

What about you? Have you tried switching from shared hosting to another solution? Tell us in the comments below 

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