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Difference between Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting and VPS Hosting

When it is the time to choose a right host for your website, being confused, overwhelmed and lost are normal for any user. Many users, having a reasonable experience in the industry, may sometimes get confused while choosing the host.

Basically, hosting is segmented into shared, reseller, and VPS (Virtual Private Server). Let us have a brief discussion over all of them to get a clear shot.

Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting and VPS Hosting

Shared Hosting

The name says it all. Shared hosting does nothing but shares a large server between users. But there are certain advantages and disadvantages related to shared hosting.

Speaking about advantages, the cost of the service is very much affordable and reasonable. The charges get divided among the shared users hence making the service an affordable one.

When it comes to disadvantages, the list is big enough to read. The limited resource is the major drawback of the shared service. Resources are allocated to only those users that come first. Hence, it works on ‘First come First serve’ method. Moreover, actions of a single user may lead to the consequences that should be suffered by everyone.

Moreover, if a single user’s website gets attacked by a malicious code or by a virus, it is all of them who will suffer. Hence, security is the main concern when it comes to shared hosting.

Reseller Hosting

When it comes to reseller hosting, the service allows the user to use the hard disk space and bandwidth that is allocated to him/her. User then utilizes this space and bandwidth to host the website on behalf of the third parties.

The main motive of the users to opt for the reseller hosting is mainly to make profit. User (reseller) purchases the service with a wholesale price and then sells it outside, probably to other users, to make profit.

VPS Hosting

In comparison with shared hosting and reseller hosting services, a VPS is a life saver in every way. Technically speaking, VPS comes in ‘shared’ category, but the method used to separate the users and distribute resources among them is much more systematic. Resources are allocated in a more sophisticated way, unlike the shared hosting. Hence the ‘First come First serve’ rule does not have any significance in the world of VPS.

The main factor that separates VPS from shared hosting is the method that divides the resources among the users. Moreover, VPS offers better security as compared to shared hosting. Hence, the dilemma of having cyber attacks and security threats does not even have a tiny space in any corner of VPS as well as in the minds of users.

Should I Switch To VPS instead of shared and reseller hosting?

The answer is a simple yes. Considering switching to VPS from shared hosting is always a good idea. If you are running a well developed online business, then we recommend switching as soon as possible. The only reason why you should still stick to shared hosting is because of the low cost. Another reason to stay on shared hosting is if you run low-traffic websites. That’s all the reason that we can think of to continue shared hosting. You can also stick to reseller hosting if you are in to a business of hosting services.

In a nutshell, shared hosting, reseller hosting, and VPS all have their sets of advantages and disadvantages. But at the end, it is VPS that holds the command and wins the race. It is VPS whose side is heavy when measured on a weighing scale. VPS provides full security and a personal space for your website, on the other hand other service fails to do so in every way. If you are smart enough, always opt for VPS.

After working as digital marketing consultant for 4 years Deepak decided to leave and start his own Business. To know more about Deepak, find him on Facebook, LinkedIn now.


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