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Why is VPS Hosting Better Than Shared Hosting?

July 16, 2013 by  
Filed under All Posts, eCommerce

Light ReflectorWhile there are several elements that combine to make a great website, having a brilliant hosting package is probably the most important factor. After all, what is a great design and compelling content if people can’t get on your website pages to see it?

For many years, small businesses and bloggers have opted for the cheapest hosting option available, which has meant using shared servers. However, as an alternative, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting solution can offer a range of possibilities that make it a better option than shared servers are. Here are some of the benefits VPS hosting can bring to you, and how they’ll affect your business.

Flexible Resources

If you’re hosted on a shared server, you have the resources you’re allocated, and that’s it. As a result, if you have an unexpected peak in traffic, the chances are that your site isn’t going to be able to cope with it.This means your site crashes, and customers shop elsewhere, or find another website that is working from which to get the information they’re looking for.

VPS hosting works by amending your server power in relation to what you need. While this option still isn’t as powerful as dedicated hosting, it is ideal for small businesses that might have very specific peak times, both in terms of time of day as well as seasons across the year.

Reliability

One huge consequence born from the resources differences outlined above is that VPS hosting is much more reliable that shared servers. While a VPS might still expose you to unplanned downtime, it is likely to be much less than it would be with a shared server.

SEO Issues

Website speed is a critical factor in SEO today. As a result, the difference between a site using shared and VPS hosting in the eyes of Google can be massive. Not only is website speed a factor in SEO, but spammers commonly use shared hosting, as they know they can be difficult to trace.

The problem you have on a shared server is that all the websites have the same IP address. If Google say they’re not going to feature an IP in their results because of spam or inappropriate content, you can find yourself penalized despite not doing anything wrong. Look for VPS hosting companies that offer individual IP addresses to protect yourself.

Better Websites

This point is as simple as it gets; more server juice means you can build yourself a better website. Remember, there is a big difference between ‘simple’ and ‘basic,’ and you want your site to be the former, but professional looking. Even if your site only has five pages, it can look poor and perform badly on a shared server, especially if you want to feature photos, videos, or other media.

VPS Hosting Conclusions

VPS hosting offers you many of the benefits of dedicated hosting, albeit without the total power and less some of the features, and will cost you a lot less money. Spend a little more on VPS than you would on a shared server, and you’ll see a big difference.

About the Author: Lucas Merrint is a technology enthusiast who believes VPS hosting is one of the best online solutions available. As well as web hosting, Lucas is also interested in SEO and social media planning.

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