Pun intended! Get it? Never mind… 🙂
At some point when you are investing time and resources on your website, you realize that you finally need to change your web hosting. We blogged about what is shared web hosting and if you read it, you realize it’s advantages and disadvantages. The biggest advantage to shared web hosting is it’s affordability. You get web hosting at the cheapest price of any hosting configuration (compared to a virtual server). You might say it’s a great deal!
You get unlimited domains, space, etc… it seems attractive but like any web hosting company would do, there are limitations in the fine print. They have to do that. Imagine if a customer actually took advantage of their unlimited everything plans… the web host would go bankrupt or the server will crash. Why do that put unlimited everything? The web host pays attention to the resources at the server level, not website. If they had 10 to 1 million customers on 1 server and it wasn’t eating up all the resources, then it’s all good. As long as the server is able to handle the capacity.
Take a look at the graphic above, it shows you that, your website is basically in a condominium type environment. Your site or sites are sharing resources with everyone. If someone uses up all the memory, space or CPU processing; then you will suffer the “Bad Neighbor Effect”. Your site will either be slow or not available due to server issues. Worse, if one of your neighboring sites (another customer) gets infected with malware, your site is now at risk.
What’s the answer? How do we resolve it? You can do many things to help it; add more security, add some performance software and so on. All you are doing is adding another layer. In the end, you might be spending near what you can get for a virtual server of your own. And that my friends, is the answer.
Most people move on to another shared web hosting company and get the same thing; another shared web hosting package. Eventually as that server gets full, the performance, security and resource availability will degrade. The answer is a virtual server.
You need to get on to your own virtual server. It’s alot more affordable these days and the best thing if you are serious about your websites.
– You are isolated from the Bad Neighbor Effect
– You are using dedicated resources
– You have better security
Most of all you have total control and better management access. Don’t want to manage it? Pay for managed systems administration.