The amount of bandwidth of the internet needed by every person is different and so is the cost he is willing to pay to get the desired internet speed. For a large wealthy firm, the performance is of utmost importance and they do not see the cost as a burden and can pay more to get more bandwidth for there usage, whereas in a smaller firm or an individual, buying a whole lot of bandwidth might become a hefty task, so keeping this in mind, the network hosting systems are divided into two types- Shared Hosting and VPS hosting. The basic difference between the two is that they serve a different purpose for different types of users, if you can bear a slower speed of network but want to pay less , then you can go for the shared network hosting, which basically gives you a small place in a shared bandwidth where you can carry out your tasks but the network performance will be a bit low. Whereas the VPS hosting refers to the type of hosting where the user is provided with a Virtual private network and he can use as much as bandwidth he selects and can modify the properties according to his needs, it is a more costly method of network sharing.
We can differentiate between the two types of hosting methods according to these few points:
- The shared hosting provides an inferior performance in comparison to VPS hosting, as, the network of your website will be shared by different other websites and this can directly affect the loading speed and the bandwidth capabilities of the network. In terms of performance, the VPS network is much better, as the performance is solely based on the limit of bandwidth you have opted for your website and how well do you use it for your purpose considering, there is no other website on that bandwidth.
- In the shared network hosting, the network server resources are also sometimes shared among the different users, this type of network is preferable for a firm which needs to deploy the same type of data among all its offices. If you come to the VPS hosting, then the server resources are entirely private and no other website on any other network can use the files and programs on your network and that is why this is more reliable in terms of privacy and uniqueness.
- The VPS hosting system is much more secured than the other one for obvious reasons, the network is completely confidential and no other user from any other website can use the non-shared resources. The shared network is more insecure in this sense, as, all the data and files are available to everyone on that particular network.
- To administer and use the data files in a shared network is not a very time-consuming task because all the resources are already managed by the shared hosting server management. You do not need to make changes to every single node for the same data, you can simply change the functions on the parent data and it will be copied to all other child nodes. However, in the VPS hosting, you have to completely dedicate a big portion of your time to manage the data yourself and there will be no help provided form the server-side(unless you are ready to pay big amounts for that too).
- The pricing of the two hosting is completely polarized. The shared hosting comes with a much lesser cost and can easily be used and maintained by an individual or a small firm but the VPS hosting system is much costlier and is prone to increase in maintenance cost when you want to add more functionalities in the existing website or database.
You should keep in mind all these factors while selecting a better network hosting system for your business or personal use. The factors like- Cost, administration, security, performance, and resources are very important for choosing the best suitable hosting system.