- Shared hosting is when multiple users share a
single physical server and all of its resources. However,
you are not allocated a set amount of resources, meaning
your website’s computing power and memory can be affected
by the needs of other users.
- Dedicated hosting, on the hand, provides an
entire physical server and all of its resources are
reserved for your business alone. You get full control
over everything, from hardware to operating system to
custom server software.
- VPS hosting sits at the midpoint between shared
hosting and dedicated hosting. Unlike shared hosting, you
get a defined amount of resources allocated to your VPS.
Plus, you can enjoy many advantages of dedicated hosting
for a more affordable price, including your own OS, server
applications, and root access control.
Let’s use an analogy to help break down the differences between a VPS and a dedicated server:
Think of a VPS server like reserving a private room at a
restaurant to celebrate an event like your birthday. Instead
of eating at a table in the main restaurant with other
patrons (shared server), you can enjoy a separate dining
experience in a private space that can be customized to your
You get all the seats, tables, dishes, and cutlery
necessary for your guests and can arrange them how you want.
You can request a different menu or drink special that your
guests can order according to their tastes. However, you
share the kitchen, staff, and other amenities with other
A dedicated server is like renting out an entire venue and
hiring a catering and event company. You have complete
control over every aspect of your party and all the
resources will be reserved just for your group of guests,
but it will also be very expensive.