Is VPS or Dedicated Hosting The Best Option For You?
When it comes to deciding which hosting package to choose there are several important criteria that need to be carefully considered. Although more expensive, both dedicated hosting and VPS hosting are far better and more serious options when compared with shared hosting. How then do you decide between VPS and dedicated hosting? To help you with this sometimes not straightforward decision, here are the key criteria you need to know in order to choose the correct option of either dedicated or VPS hosting for your needs.
Best Value Option
Under most scenarios, when factoring in price to consider the benefits of choosing either a VPS or dedicated hosting package, the most cost-effective option will be to sign up for a VPS hosting package. Simply put, it is usually considerably cheaper for a small to medium sized business or organization to sign up for a VPS package instead of a dedicated host, without losing any significant benefits. HostGator, one of the most popular hosts in the world, underlines the savings available by choosing a VPS package: They offer managed VPS's with enough space for 95% of users for only $49.95 US/month whereas for a dedicated server the minimum monthly price is $139 US. That is nearly 3 times as much! A VPS offers almost all the additional benefits of the additional benefits of dedicated hosting such as having more space, extra CPU power, the ability to fully customize things the way you like and more easily handle traffic surges, without the greatly increased price tag. This saving can easily exceed one thousand US dollars per year and is well worth taking advantage of unless you have some of the special needs outlined below.
When To Get Dedicated Hosting!
If you are running a website where, from a financial perspective, it is vital that your website runs as quickly as possible, it is worthwhile spending the extra on dedicated hosting. If you spend hundreds or thousands of pounds every month on PPC advertising, then it doesn't make sense to lose potential customers due to slightly longer loading times when it can be avoided by spending more on a dedicated host. Similarly, if you want the maximum amount of freedom possible when configuring your server or want to change settings without any effect on other users, then a dedicated server is the way to go. Lastly, given that dedicated servers are usually a hosting company's most expensive offering and as such get the fastest support, it may also be worth paying extra to get priority over other customers.
For most users a VPS is the most cost effective choice; however, for a small percentage of users with above-average needs, a more expensive dedicated package is a better choice.