Difference Between VPS Hosting and Dedicated Hosting

Developing a great website is an uphill task in itself. Publishing eye-catching and relevant content and marketing your site is quite another. Imagine this scenario – you have been working tirelessly on your website for months (or years) when it starts to get the attention it deserves. It is at this moment when you wonder – can my current hosting plan support the increased traffic on my website? Pertinent and critical, the answer to this question determines the kind of experience a visitor will have on your site (at least technically speaking). There are a wide range of hosting options available today. In this article, we are going to focus on VPS Hosting and Dedicated Hosting plans and highlight the differences between them to help you make a more informed decision.

But to start, here are some basics:

What are Dedicated and VPS Hosting Services?

Dedicated Hosting VPS Hosting
In Dedicated Hosting, your website is located on a physical web server. Further, you have a dedicated pool of resources that are used only by you. It also offers absolute control over the computing power and configuration of your server. VPS Hosting is an optimum blend of Shared and Dedicated Hosting services. In VPS Hosting, a physical server is divided into several virtual servers. One such virtual server is allocated to your website. You have dedicated resources like CPU, RAM, etc.

Difference between VPS Hosting and Dedicated Hosting

Feature Dedicated Hosting VPS Hosting
Costs In Dedicated Hosting, your website is hosted on an independent, enterprise-grade server. Therefore, the costs are higher as compared to VPS Hosting plans. In VPS Hosting, since the hosting provider creates multiple virtual servers on one physical server and hosts your website on one such virtual server, these plans are cheaper than Dedicated Hosting plans.
Security Since you are the only user on the physical machine, apart from all the other threats that a hosting plan faces, Dedicated Hosting is considered to be highly secure. In VPS Hosting, while the hosting environment is isolated, there is a possibility of a virus or a threat advancing to the hypervisor level and spreading to all virtual servers. However, good VPS Hosting providers ensure that they deploy optimum security measures to keep these threats at bay.
Configuration Dedicated Servers allow you complete control over all aspects of the server including the software, as well as, the hardware. However, this also means that you need to have the technical expertise to tinker with the server configurations or hire an expert to do the job (= more cost). VPS Hosting plans offer root access of the server but do not give you complete control since the virtual servers are hosted on the same physical machine.
Performance The performance of your site will depend on the server specifications. If we compare a Dedicated Server with a certain specification with a VPS created on a server with the same specification, then the Dedicated Server will perform better than the VPS. This is because it does not have to share the resources with other VPS servers.

Summing Up

As you can see, both VPS Hosting and Dedicated Hosting services have their own pros and cons. If cost is a huge factor for you, then a Linux VPS Hosting plan will be better than a Dedicated Hosting plan. Further, on the security front, they are both similar. Therefore, it boils down to your site’s requirements in terms of customizability and performance. Choose a dedicated server is you have at least 5 lakh page views per month and a technical expert in your team. Else, moving to a Linux VPS Hosting plan will work well for your growing business. Choose judiciously.