How do you really know if you need to upgrade to VPS? Most people think that their shared hosting solution will do the job, but often fail to read the fine print. If you are looking to expand your business, drive more traffic to your site or plan to host a large amount of media then there is a good chance that you will violate the terms of service with your shared hosting provider and should consider upgrading.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself before you upgrade to a VPS Hosting solution.
Do I have multiple sites? (XYZCompany.com, XYZCompany.org, XYZForums, etc)
Shared Hosting will allow for subdomains, but not multiple sites. VPS hosting will provide ample disk space for all your emails, data and sites, and will have the RAM and CPU to handle significantly more data and traffic.
Are you expanding your business?
Expansion usually comes with more business. A shared hosting environment severely limits your traffic, data and processing power; whereas, VPS allows for flexible resources. So if you are running a sale or have a popular app, you will have the resources you need to meet the sudden increase in demand. Just think all the sales Target lost when they launched their Missoni line, and the increased traffic crashed their site.
What kind of content will your site host?
When upgrading your site from basic HTML to dynamic content make sure you have the enough resources (CPU, RAM and Space) included in your hosting plan. Dynamic content will absorb your resources like a sponge. So if you are entry level shared hosting package, it is safe to assume your resources will get cut off. Most VPS hosting plans, even entry level, will accommodate dynamic content.
Is your site loading and running slow?
When speed is becoming an issue, then you are probably getting throttled by your hosting provider. Just like with smart phones owners using too much data and getting choked out by the service provider, web host attempt to keep things fair for all the sites on your specific server. VPS hosting will provide you with guaranteed and burstable RAM to help optimize your site for speed.
Do you need security and backup?
A major limitation of running a business from a shared hosting platform is the ability to ensure your data is backed up and safe. With VPS hosting, you have the option with many providers to add on any number of managed services. This provides you the peace of mind that shared hosting often lacks.
When looking to upgrade from Shared Hosting to VPS Hosting, make sure you find the package that best fits your needs. Check out our current VPS promotion, 3 Months FREE VPS with all plans.
Simple Comparison Chart
|Shared RAM, Disk Space, and CPU||Dedicated RAM and Disk Space, Shared CPU||Dedicated RAM, Disk Space and CPU|
|NO Server Level Customization||Server Level Customization Allowed||Server level Customization Allowed|
|All Server level Software Pre-Installed||Server Level Software (OS, cPanel, LAMP) pre-installation varies by provider||Server Level Software (OS, cPanel, LAMP) pre-installation varies by provider|
|Full Customer Support Typically Provided||Support Levels Vary By Provider||Support Levels Vary By Provider|
chart from sixrevisions.com