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Shared VPS

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by wa1966, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. wa1966

    wa1966 Newbie

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    A question for the experts on hosting.

    Is there any benefit to splitting a VPS with a friend compared to normal shared hosting?

    Lets say this VPS has the ability to hold no more than 6 sites, is it worth an extra $15 a month compared to shared hosting?

    My logic says at least there is a limit on the number of websites and in theory the risk of maxing it out is less than a host with 100 or 1000 websites or am I barking up the wrong tree with this?

    Thanks in advance

    William
     
  2. wa1966

    wa1966 Newbie

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    Any non experts with any idea? Please do not think by posting here you have to be an expert :)
     
  3. shurk

    shurk Junior Member

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    The speed at which your website responds is down to the amount of resources available at the host and how much is required in the way of resources to serve your page/site to the user. By this definition, you are correct in thinking that there is a limit to the amount of sites being hosted on one server and that this limit gets smaller when the amount of resources is reduced.

    So 1 site hosted on a VPS with 512Mb RAM and 1Ghz CPU is going to be quicker to respond than 2 identical sites hosted on the same VPS (Assuming the request is received at the same time. Identical as in the amount of resources required).

    It's hard to make a comparison between a VPS and shared host as shared hosts do not disclose how many sites they have on one server. But they do have the full resources of the server available (Where as a VPS has a portion of a servers resources - Relative to a dedicated server).

    Another factor to take into consideration is how resource heavy the other sites on a shared hosts server are. There may be thousands of tiny sites that receive little to no traffic, there may be one huge resource hog. However a good shared host should take note of a resource hog and kick them off! (Which also includes you - If your sites grow huge, expect to get moved.)


    Personally I think you are looking at this from the wrong perspective. You seem to not be an 'Overly-Technical' person (That is just an observation made on the details from this post, It's not meant to be rude!) so I would consider it from a support and service level perspective.

    Most VPS providers will charge you for software (Web Server, FTP Server - Basically any services you may wish to run) related support and will not guarantee a fix (This is the norm for a 'unmanaged service' I personally have never come across a managed VPS supplier, altho I'm sure one must exist). However, a shared host will help and fix web server issues, as that is the product they are selling.

    Also, if you rent a VPS, you then have to secure it, keep the OS up to date and all the general 'house work' that is required. Whereas on a shared host, they maintain their servers.

    To boil it down:
    If you want to be lazy and want it to 'Just Work' - Shared Host

    If you want Full Control - VPS

    I'm not sure if I've answered your question exactly but I hope that helps!
     
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  4. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Exactly. Do not go for an unmanaged VPS if you are not technical or you do not have an urge to learn technical things.

    That said, I love tweaking my servers and making them ultafast, but I do it for fun :) It 's not practical if you are not technically inclined.
     
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  5. wa1966

    wa1966 Newbie

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    Great, thanks very much for this, its all much clearer now.