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Shared Hosting Versus Cloud Hosting

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When it’s time to choose hosting for your website, you have a variety of options at your disposal.

For example, in addition to deciding which company to stay with, you need to decide which type of accommodation package is best for you. In recent years, it has been common for companies to start up on a shared Linux server and upgrade to a dedicated server to support increased web traffic during site development.

But companies do not have to follow the traditional path today. As competition intensifies, you need a website that works properly on the Internet. In this post we offer guidelines to help you choose the best hosting server for your company.

What Is Shared Hosting?

In shared hosting, numerous websites all use a particular server. Generally, while it is the cheapest way to create an online business presence, it is not the best choice for high-traffic websites.

What Is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud hosting is an advanced technology in which multiple websites share multiple but delegated network servers. Each user has a dedicated web space for data storage, load spreading, and protection management.

Shared Versus Cloud Hosting

1. Security

Regardless of which type of service you choose, security is primarily based on settings and configuration. However, shared hosting increases the risk of vulnerabilities and the potential for cyberattacks. This is because hackers know they can gain access to multiple websites through a single entry point.

Cloud hosting, on the other hand, provides secure access to users so they can protect their data and privacy. Also, if there is a hardware problem, the provider will move the site to a more stable server.

2. Performance

With cloud hosting, you get an ultra-fast, customizable platform and automatic scalability. This choice is a particularly good one for high traffic sites. This is because cloud hosting offers more resources to clients, leading to better all-around performance.


With shared hosting, on the other hand, speed can be limited. In addition, you may face frequent downtime, interruptions, and other issues.

3. Speed

The main problem with shared hosting providers is that there is not enough space on the server for all clients. Then, if one website receives unexpected traffic inflows, all other sites are slow and have terrible load times. Users must wait for their normal online presence to resume.

However, when it comes to cloud hosting, there are plenty of resources to help users keep their website running at optimal speed. A server running on the cloud assigns resources to each website. Then, if the provider detects a hardware problem, every site can continue operating optimally.

Which Is Better?

Shared hosting is still website hosting. It is low in cost, and you still get technical support, system security, speed optimization, malware scan, and scalability.

Unless you’re running a project in Ruby, Python, or NodeJS with very specific modules, any PHP-based stack (such as Laravel, Symfony or CakePHP) can run perfectly well on shared hosting plans.

Making the Switch

Making the switch from a shared service to a cloud virtual private server (VPS) is not easy. For example, although cloud hosting is less expensive than shared hosting, you will need advanced knowledge of systems, networks, and services administration.

So don’t try to switch from a shared hosting environment to a cheap VPS without expert help. For one thing, shared hosting is conducted completely on a managed server. If you make a poor choice of providers, you could end up with malware infections or viruses at the administrator level.

However, if you need fast scalability, you can choose to make the leap to a completely managed cloud VPS. Then you will have coverage in terms of security, optimizations, and technical support. Just make sure the company you choose is competent and offers available support around the clock, every day.