Shared Vs. Reseller Vs. VPS Hosting

Shared Hosting:

Shared Hosting is a type of web hosting service where you share the same physical server with many other users. This typically is used by a small business that has a single website or an individual looking to host their portfolio site. Don’t worry, other users on the same server can’t access your stuff, but you share resources like RAM and physical hard drives.

It’s useful for:

  • Small and mid sized businesses
  • Online ecommerce storefronts
  • Designers who host their clients
  • Blogs, portfolios, and other frequently updated sites

Reseller Hosting:

Reseller hosting, sometimes referred to as white label hosting, enables you to create your own web hosting company without having to incur the costs of software, site uptime, server maintenance, and more. Reseller Hosting is nothing more then a glorified version of a shared hosting account. Basically, it runs exactly the same as any regular shared hosting account, but simply has more options and an extra panel, called WHM (Web Host Manager).

It’s useful for:

  • It maanage your domains and cPanel accounts from a single login.
  • Pay one monthly bill, instead of several.
  • Greater control. You may set disk space usage and bandwidth limits for each account or for groups of accounts.
  • Create hosting accounts to resell, as each of your users will have his own cPanel account and login. This can be a great opt to provide hosting accounts to friends and family, even if you do not charge for them.
  • Personal nameservers.

VPS Hosting:

A virtual private server emulates the isolated environment of a dedicated server without actually being one. You can run your own control panel, operating system, virtually anything you want.

Sounds great, right? Well, there is a catch. In order to run your own software stack, you have to, well, run your own software stack. As in set it up, monitor it, configure it, and be prepared to deal with it when something goes wrong.

It’s useful for:

  • A VPS cannot be affected no matter, what other people do within their VPS’s.
  • Greater privacy, as you’re in your own world.
  • Can be used for Reseller Hosting (selling to Resellers as well as customers)
  • Can have more IP allocation, and customizable firewall rules
  • Full Root access: the freedom to install anything you would like.
  • Greater stability and performance versus its counterpart