VPS (Virtual Private Server) or shared hosting? That’s the first question when choosing WordPress or ClassicPress hosting.
It is not an easy task. You need to know both options’ pros and cons of both. Don’t worry because we made a full list of them.
Not necessarily all pros or cons apply to your situation, so you should evaluate them carefully before deciding to host your website on VPS or a shared server.
Pros of shared hosting
- Cheap. In general, shared hosting is cheap. Why? It’s because, on one server, the hosting company puts 500, 1000, or even 2000 and more accounts. If you multiply a few bucks by any of these numbers, it becomes a very profitable business, even if you pay extravagant referral commisions. Rule of thumb: cheaper hosting means more websites on one server.
- Server administration knowledge is not required. Web hosting companies take care of all technical issues with the server.
- Convenience. You don’t need to have any technical knowledge to be able to host your site on the server. Standard cPanel makes it simple to manage your own website & email.
- Hosting of an email.
Cons of shared hosting
- Very limited, even presented as “unlimited” resources. “Unlimited” there means that nobody tells you in advance about the hosting limits. But limits are present, and they are deficient.
- Hidden limits call up “hard cut.” For example, one host’s information about CPU limits is smuggled away to an obscure tooltip and called it “CPU seconds,” with a hard cut and immediate suspension of your account after reaching this limit.
- Your webpage can load slowly if one website on the server gets a traffic spike. Or several websites at the same time will get a slight increase in traffic.
- You are competing for server resources. A dozen sites, time from time, will experience some issues because of plugins, themes, or simply bad programming. They start taking up more resources when they do, and your website will slow down or freeze up. Especially if servers are over-subscribed (read: cheap hosting, under $20 per month).
- There is a higher probability of hacking due to security concerns. If one of the websites on the server gets attacked, it could affect all the other websites on the server.
- Security standards are impossible to enforce, except managed (read: expensive shared WordPress hosting, from $40 and up per month) WordPress.
- At the same time, your security is only as good as everyone’s security. Only one weak website on a shared server often is enough to compromise all websites on the same server.
- Thre’s a threat to be included in the IP blacklist because of spammers on shared IP address. It means your website or email can be blacklisted if some site on the same IP address is blacklisted because of malicious activity (it may not be intentional; it can be hacked and used as a part of a bot).
- Spammers can shut down your server because of one account on the shared server.
- Email hosting is not as secure and robust as specialized email hosting companies like Tutanota or others.
- Customer service is more of a “walk-through” with cheap shared hosting plans meaning you’ll be doing most of the troubleshooting yourself.
- Upsell often will be offered as a resolution fix. Which does not necessarily mean it will fix your problem.
Pros of private servers
- Faster in speed, connectivity, and upload time.
- It can manage large amounts of traffic without interrupting service.
- More storage and data options.
- You have total control of your own server.
- Server-side security is radically better than a shared server, making this preferable for businesses or important accounts.
- Customer service is much better since you are paying more.
- Scalability. Quick and easy scalability lets you grow and withstand any traffic peak.
Cons of private servers
- If you want to manage the server by yourself, it requires knowledge of server administration or hiring an experienced (read: expensive) server administrator. The use of managing software is not an exception.
- Diagnostics/problem resolution is more difficult because it needs server knowledge.
- Price. Managed specialized WordPress or ClassicPress servers can cost hundreds of dollars per month.
- Email should be hosted on a specialized email hosting provider.
Now, the best part about Managed PressHill Hosting Server
You don’t need special knowledge to setup and manage PressHill managed hosting server. We will do all server management tasks.
No technical maintenance of the server is required. For you, it is no more difficult than to managing WordPress. In fact, it is easier.
Because no technical server maintenance is required on your end, you don’t need to hire a server administrator. We will do all server-side setup and maintenance. You take care only of WordPress. We will setup a super-easy WordPress installing mechanism, which doesn’t require any technical knowledge.
The price is comparable with the price of more expensive shared hosting.
How? Why is it so different from other private server hosts on the market?
The answer is simple: we specialize only in WordPress/ClassicPress hosting on private servers. That simplifies management, and we automate almost everything for you.
This is why PressHill is the best WordPress/ClassicPress hosting provider.