How Do I Know It’s Time To Move From Shared Hosting To VPS/Dedicated?

Most blogs and websites choose shared hosting as the first step to start their online journey, as it’s easy to set up and costs less in comparison to other hosting options-VPS or dedicated hosting. Certainly, shared web hosting offers some great features, but it has some limitations which are specific to its business model and this necessitates upgradation of hosting plan to the next level.

Moreover, when your business starts to grow, your hosting plan should also grow with it to accommodate growing needs of your site like increasing traffic inflow, outgrowing resources , more security, more control and to enable you to expand your website as rapidly as you want.

There are several indications that point when this move becomes inevitable. Few important ones that tell you, that now you need to move on from shared hosting are as follows:

1. Your site experiences high traffic regularly

When your website’s traffic volume increases and your current shared hosting plan is not able to sustain the increased traffic on your site, then you must quickly upgrade your hosting plan to either VPS or a dedicated server as VPS hosting and dedicated server hosting come with better resources.

2. Your website’s load time increases

Shared hosting resources are shared among multiple websites and if any one of those sites start requiring extra bandwidth, then all of the websites hosted by that server will start to run slower or might even crash due to the overload on the server which will eventually result in a hardware or network failure causing downtime for your site.

Also, if your site is taking time in loading with several plugins which make multiple PHP and SQL database requests then this means that it’s time to switch to VPS or dedicated hosting where you don’t share but maintain your own server environment.

3. Your site needs more security

Although in shared web hosting, the hosting provider installs firewalls and server security applications and programs on the server but still your site is at higher risk with shared hosting plan because of others using the same server. Suppose if one site owner leaves some security holes open, other sites might get hacked too.

But with VPS and dedicated server, you get safe and private environment because of seclusion from others. In VPS and dedicated hosting, you also get your own IP address and mail server which prevent you from getting blacklisted or bounced e-mails because of other site’s spamming activities.

4. Your site needs more resources

Shared hosting means you share all the available resources like disk space, bandwidth, CPU time, memory with everyone on the server but, extra traffic flow and bandwidth usage of other websites running on the same server effect your usage limits.

But with VPS Hosting, you have defined allocation of resources within your virtual environment. Moreover, a VPS gives you far more bandwidth, disk space and also provides you scalability i.e. you can increase/decrease RAM or bandwidth as per your requirements and that too with no restoration time.

Similarly, with dedicated server hosting, it is possible for you to add more resources that are exclusively yours- no sharing and no limitations. 🙂

5. You need complete control

If you require complete control over your web hosting account to perform more advanced actions, such as installing desired software, creating, deleting or suspending your cPanel account or setting permissions whenever you wish to, then, you need to switch to VPS or dedicated server as you get root access control with these hosting plans which is absent in shared server hosting.

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Besides, the above-mentioned indicators if you get notification from your web hosting provider to upgrade your hosting plan then do pay heed to their advice as they have years of experience in the industry and can guide you better.

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