Shared Hosting vs VPS vs Dedicated Hosting in 2019

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If you’re planning on putting a website live for an idea you’ve had, or for your existing business, hosting is something that should be thought about carefully.

Depending on what kind of website you’ll be hosting, or the traffic that you expect to receive, hosting can be a make or break choice for your online ventures.

To help you make the right choice, we’re exploring the pros and cons of each type of hosting; shared, VPS and dedicated.

What is Shared Hosting?

When it comes to the various hosting packages, the clue is often within the name as to how each type functions. This is absolutely the case with shared hosting.

As you probably already know, or have figured out by now, shared hosting refers to hosting on a server that is shared with various other webmasters.

Much like sharing your home with other people, there are certainly less options for customisation when hosting on shared servers, but the other ‘tenants’ also help to bring the price down by spreading the cost.

Another way in which the home sharing metaphor works for shared hosting servers is when referring to security. Although shared hosting is still considered to be reasonably secure overall, you are still relying on the other webmasters on your server to also keep the environment secure and functional.

Shared Hosting – A Summary

So, overall what are the main pros and cons of shared hosting?

Pros:

  • The most affordable hosting.
  • Easily scalable.
  • The simplest and easiest to begin using.

Cons:

  • Shared hosting is typically the slowest option.
  • It’s also typically the least secure option.
  • Most potential for down-time.
  • There is a risk that others on your shared server could have your IP blacklisted, despite you doing nothing wrong.
  • Less resources / customisation options.

What is VPS Hosting?

The “VPS” in VPS hosting stands for Virtual Private Server. A virtual private server is essentially a middle-ground between shared hosting and dedicated.

The way that VPS hosting works is by using a single server machine and running multiple virtual operating systems on it, each of which act as if they were a dedicated sever.

The reason that this hosting model is so effective is that VPS hosting services offer a lot of the same benefits as dedicated hosting, with costs that are more comparable to shared hosting services.

VPS Hosting – A Summary

Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of VPS hosting.

Pros:

  • Available at relatively low prices compared to truly dedicated hosting.
  • Better levels of security due to not sharing your OS with other users.
  • Good server customisation options since all server applications are solely your own. This also includes the ability to restart your server whenever you desire.
  • Your server resources are dedicated solely to you, meaning you need not worry about RAM being used up by others.
  • Faster speeds than shared hosting.

Cons:

  • Less cost-effective than shared hosting.
  • Virtual private servers require more maintenance tasks to be fulfilled by the user than with a shared hosting plan.

What is Dedicated Hosting?

As mentioned, the clue is in the name with these hosting plans. Dedicated hosting is exactly how it sounds, every aspect is dedicated to you and only you.

Dedicated hosting involves hardware that is utilised purely by one user without any outsider involvement.

The hardware used for a truly dedicated hosting server will have one only OS that isn’t shared with anybody else.

Dedicated hosting is generally implemented by larger companies, often on a worldwide scale, that need to be able to demand a lot of resource from their server.

Dedicated Hosting – A Summary

Let’s explore the pros and cons of dedicated hosting.

Pros:

  • Dedicated hosting is extremely scalable, if necessary, you can choose to add additional RAM or drive storage to your server at any time.
  • It is generally the most reliable in terms on not having down-time issues.
  • Dedicated servers are typically the fastest option since you have exclusive access and complete control and over your server and the hardware running it.
  • Dedicated servers give you the most control in terms of security since it’s completely down to you to implement your security structure.

Cons:

  • Dedicated hosting requires the most knowledge and ability to set up and run, you’ll need to ensure someone who knows what they’re doing is in control of your dedicated server.
  • Dedicated hosting is also by far the most expensive option of the three. Expect to pay typically over double the cost of a VPS.

Which Hosting Should I Use in 2019?

There is no set answer as to which type of hosting will be best for you. Different hosting packages are designed to suit the differing needs of users.

Generally speaking, if you don’t expect to get large amounts of RAM battering traffic, and you don’t feel your website needs much disk space, a shared hosting package will likely fulfil your needs and can save you money. Shared hosting is typically perfect for bloggers and similar webmasters.

For SMEs and even larger businesses who want fast speeds, stable uptime and good levels of security, VPS hosting is typically the best option. VPS hosting is very cost-effective and scalable, so your hosting can grow alongside your business.

Another factor that makes VPS hosting great for businesses is the ease of use. You won’t be needing to worry about maintenance in the same way you would have to if using a dedicated server.

The cost of VPS hosting in 2019 is also so reasonable that many business owners can’t see the point in losing the benefits of a virtual private server just to save a small amount of money.

For very large companies, oftentimes those with international operations, who need absolute control over their servers, dedicated hosting is the way to go.

Dedicated hosting is the only way to have 100% control over every individual aspect of your server. This is why the biggest worldwide companies often pay large amounts for their dedicated servers and the staff to maintain it.

Dedicated hosting isn’t typically going to be the best option for most typical webmasters.

Get in Touch with Appoly for Cloud Hosting Services

If you’re in need of hosting services for your business website, Appoly are here to help. We offer scalable VPS cloud services that grow alongside your business and are speedy, secure & reliable.

Our team are always happy to discuss potential projects and provide help and support where necessary.

You can contact us via email, phone or our contact page.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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The Common Developmental Mistakes That Lead to Slow Websites

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With search engines and end-users constantly demanding faster speeds from websites, site speed has never been nearly as important to consider for developers as it is right now.

Gone are the days of sluggish dial-up internet connections and large white boxes for computers with the processing power of a calculator.

There’s not much holding people back from loading websites up in an instant anymore. Due to this, these days it typically comes down to the speed of the website itself, as opposed to the hardware and/or connection of the user.

With the advancements that have been made, it’s easy to see why webmasters are now much more aware of website speed than ever. And this awareness and wanting for faster site speeds is something that every developer should consider and adapt for.

Let’s discuss the most common development mistakes that can lead to slower website function.

Why is Site Speed So Important?

One of the most prominent factors that search engines look for when ranking websites is site speed.

End-users aren’t happy to settle for slow load times anymore. In fact, a recent survey found that if a site didn’t load within 3 seconds, 40% of people abandoned it.

40% is a very large amount of traffic to lose out on, and search engines like Google and Bing know this. Search engines want to provide their users with the best and most relevant web results. They don’t want users to feel that their time has been wasted. For this reason, they don’t want to serve their users with slow loading websites that they’ll end up abandoning.

In conclusion, the reason we grant so much importance to site speed is that it’s necessary to keep everyone happy on the modern-day web. Whether it be the end-user or the search engines, speed is always going to be of great importance in the fast-paced online world.

What Are the Easiest Ways to Improve Site Speed?

There are endless ways in which you can have an impact on the speed of your website. Many a time, work must be done on the back-end before the front-end can even come into play.

Firstly, let’s explore a few of the ways you can optimise speed within the back-end of your website:

  • Caching – Setting up caching is important for both client-side and server side, better yet, it’s very easy to implement.
  • VPS / Cloud Hosting – You can read about VPS and Cloud hosting in another of our recent articles. This form of hosting offers the benefits of dedicated hosting, such as fast speeds, without the cost.
  • Content Delivery Networks – CDNs have been becoming very popular in recent times. CDNs work by caching your website content in servers across the world. When a user requests a page, the content is delivered from the nearest available server. This makes for quicker load times.

Once you have your websites back-end optimised for speed, you can then focus on front-end techniques.

Let’s look at some of the elements of front-end development that need to be considered for site speed optimisation:

Images

  • Image Sizing & Compression – A major downfall for many websites when it comes to site speed is the sizing and compression of on-page images. A good way of ensuring your website’s images are speed-friendly is to crop them to the minimum required size and compress them to the minimum required quality. Subsequently, this will allow browsers to load your images up much faster. Another good recommendation is to use next gen file types, such as jpeg 2000 or webp file types, which can be compressed better than standard extensions.
  • Adaptive Images – Adaptive images, or fluid images is a term used to describe HTML embedded images that change in dimension to reflect the size of a user’s display. There are tools available to achieve this, and subsequently it saves bandwidth, allowing for users to load pages faster.
Other

  • Minify CSS & JavaScript – Minimising the amount of unnecessary code in your website’s stylesheet is vital for maintaining an up-to-speed website. Unfortunately, this is something that is often overlooked by webmasters, particularly if using a pre-built template.
  • Keep HTML Code Tidy – This tip is closely related to the previous bullet. Removing any unnecessary spaces or characters in your HTML code is also very important when it comes to maintaining site-speed.
  • Regularly Maintain Plugins – Plugins can add great amounts of extra functionality to your website, however, the more you use, the slower your website will load. Therefore, it is best practice to regularly check for plugin updates and remove any unnecessary plugins to maintain the best speeds.

Get in Touch with Appoly for Website & App Development Services

If you’re in need of development services, Appoly are here to help. We offer many developmental services, as well as consultation for when you need to get your idea(s) off the ground.

No project is too big nor too small to discuss with our experts. Therefore, our team are always happy to discuss potential projects and provide help and support where necessary.

You can contact us via email, phone or our contact page.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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