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Shared, VPS & Dedicated Hosting: What’s The Difference?

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  • John H. Lander Jr.

    Shared hosting is like an apartment… many people reside in that one particular plot of land, and you have someone living with you inside your apartment… which sometimes gets in the way. VPS hosting is almost the same as Shared hosting, you still live in an apartment, but no one lives with you… you are all on your own but with people still on the land. Dedicated hosting is like having no apartment, your own house and own land all to yourself!

  • Derek

    Shared hosting is an apartment.
    VPS hosting is a condo.
    Dedicated hosting is a home.

  • Collin

    Shared hosting is like renting a college dorm with a bunch of other friends: You all fit into one space, and because everyone is sharing the rent bill, it’t cheap and affordable for everyone to get a really sweet place. However, resources are limited, and you can’t be loud or cause a problem with your other roommates or they will kick you out. You can’t take up all the room in the space, you have to share a tiny bit.

    VPS hosting is the next step up – it’s like an apartment complex. There might be 10 or 15 other people living in the same building as you, but everyone pays their own utility bill and has their own apartment. If someone is being annoying in another apartment, you generally don’t have to deal with them. You have your own place all to yourself!

    A dedicated server is like getting your own house – you’ve got plenty of room for all your furnature and stuff. But, of course, you’ve got to pay the utilities, and everything else, and now you’ve got an expensive morgage to pay off as well.

    Just like with your website, as you are growing up and starting out, renting a dorm is a great place to be. As you get older and need more space (resources) you can slowly upgrade your apartment (hosting) to what you need.

    Lucky for you, ASO offers everything you need for your housing needs. And hosting! 🙂

  • Crystal

    Shared hosting is like an apartment building with movable walls. Some people need bigger apartments, and get them, while sharing the same building with people who need smaller apartments. VPS hosting is more of a duplex in that each client receives what appears to be a house, but is still a part of a larger building. Dedicated hosting is like buying a house. It’s a single server for your own use.

  • Shared hosting is numerous accounts on one server. Dedicated is one account on one server. VPS is the same as dedicated, but allows you to manage your site the way you wish.

  • Tim Hogg

    shared hosting would be an apartment.
    vps would be a duplex
    and dedicated would be a home

  • brad

    Shared hosting is like a halfway house with bunk beds. VPS is an apartment and dedicated is a mansion!

  • Dustin

    Shared hosting is like an apartment.
    VPS is like a duplex or condo
    Dedicated hosting is like owning your own home

  • Ryan

    With dedicated hosting your site is on one server. With shared hosting many sites sit on one server, thus sharing all of the resources.

    Dedicated hosting is more expensive but more reliable.

  • Shared hosting is multiple sites running on one server with shared resources; VPS is a site running in a virtual environment with its own resources but with others on the same server, and dedicated means one site runs on one (or more) servers.

  • Dedicated Hosting is a 1 to 1 relationship…1 server hosting a single web site. Shared…many web sites hosted on 1 server, and Virtual allows the space assigned to your site to be dynamic so as web site grow and shrink, that memory gets allocated as needed.

  • Andrew

    Shared hosting is like a dorm. All resources (like showers and common areas are shared.) VPS is like an apartment (same building, but the showers are yours.) Dedicated is like a house in that you get everything to yourself.

  • Nick

    Shared is like buying a pizza pie for you and your friends. Sometimes there’s enough, other times you’re not so lucky.

    VPS is like buying a pizza pie for yourself. You can hand out or sell slices, but there is always a limit and you still have to depend on the delivery dude.

    Dedicated is like owning a pizzeria. So. Much. Pizza.

  • In the old days, computers were as big as houses. Now they are a lot smaller.