The difference between web hosting and VPS

# Build # Newbie Questions The difference between web hosting and VPS

One of the basics of building a website is the need for a web space, also known as a web host and a server. This article explains the difference between a web host and a server to newbie friends.

Note: In order to facilitate the understanding of novices, the following examples of explanation may not be very accurate, if you need an accurate explanation, please refer to Baidu encyclopedia.

Common web hosting and server classifications

We do foreign trade website, in foreign IDC to buy web space, the most common classification is: SHARED WEB HOSTING (shared virtual host), DEDICATED WEB HOSTING (exclusive virtual host) VIRTUAL PRIVATE SERVER (VPS), MANAGED WORDPRESS HOSTING (managed WORDPRESS hosting)

SHARED WEB HOSTING (Shared Web Hosting)

Shared web hosting is the cheapest type of web hosting, which means that many websites share one server (one computer) and share one IP.

An example you can easily understand is the software folder installed on your computer's D drive, each software folder corresponds to a website, and all the websites are on your D drive.

Shared web hosting shares the resources of the server, such as CPU, hard disk, memory and broadband.

The advantage of shared web hosting is cheap price, the disadvantage is poor performance (usually hundreds of websites on one server), poor security (just like if you install a software with a virus, the whole computer will be poisoned. (And you a server of a site poisoned, your site may also be infected.)

DEDICATED WEB HOSTING (exclusive web hosting)

Exclusive web hosting do not be deceived by the word exclusive, in fact, and shared web hosting is not much different, except that you are assigned an independent IP (equivalent to creating a shortcut for you, shared web hosting is to share an IP, you look for software, you must open the D drive, and then open the software folder), shared IP and exclusive IP performance is not much different, except that the exclusive IP for the site SEO has benefits. Then normal merchants will control the number of servers for exclusive web hosting a little less, and then the performance will be a little better compared to shared web hosting.


VPS is a popular space for building websites in recent years. If you have used a virtual machine on your computer, then it is easy to understand the difference between it and a web host, a web host is a separate folder on your computer, while a VPS is a separate piece of space, although there will be many VPS on the same server, but you will not be poisoned by someone else's VPS.

At the same time, the VPS CPU, hard disk, memory, these resources are your exclusive (bandwidth is shared in some cases), simply put, VPS performance is better, more customizable, but the threshold of getting started is higher than web hosting.

DomesticAli cloudof cloud servers ECS andTencent CloudThe cloud server CVM is actually also a VPS.


Managed web hosting is a new form of web hosting, which is simply a web host that is launched separately for a certain kind of website program.

Usually, shared web hosting can have all kinds of programs installed on it, and you don't know which program has vulnerabilities that can cause the server to be insecure.

And hosted WordPress host, you can only install WordPress this builder, if which version has a vulnerability, will promptly remind you or help you update, but also for WordPress to do some performance optimization. Simply put, the hosted web host is more foolproof, the performance is a little more stable than other web hosts, you don't have to think about how to build WordPress, you just need to focus on the content, but essentially it's still a web host.

Shared Hosting Vs. VPS Hosting

A more layman's explanation

In the exchange with the new webmaster, I found that some people do not understand the difference between web hosting and VPS, so I will tell a more general example.

Web hosting and VPS are both called web servers.Here we compare web hosting to a group house and VPS to a self-contained apartment.

Compare website data to yourself.

And different server service providers are compared to different landlords or professional rental companies.

Would you (website data) rather live in a group home (web hosting) or be a self-contained apartment (VPS)?

Group rooms (web hosting) are cheap, but everyone shares the bathroom (CPU), kitchen (memory), and living room (network bandwidth)

Independent apartment (VPS) is more expensive, but you have your own exclusive access to the bathroom (CPU), kitchen (memory), and living room (network bandwidth)

Group rentals (web hosts) your basic hardware are landlords to get you set up.

Independent apartments (VPS) you can also set up yourself, upgrade the hardware or whatever.

How to choose between web hosting and VPS?

Introduced several differences between web hosting and VPS, then you may still want to know, which space should be selected to build a website, the following is the advice of the milkman.

Consider shared web hosting if you are new to practice and have a limited budget.

Businesses that build websites but have no one to maintain the server, consider managed web hosting. Example.Foreign trade WordPress web hosting SiteGround registration tutorial

For businesses that build websites and have people maintaining servers, consider VPS or dedicated servers. Example.Foreign multi-room VPS server Vultr build foreign trade independent station complete tutorial

Why should I give priority to VPS or dedicated servers? Because compared to web hosting, VPS and dedicated servers offer better performance, more security, and better customization. The key is that the price is not more expensive than managed web hosting, and in some cases may be cheaper.

If you are also interested in building a website, click here to seeThe basic steps to build a website from scratch

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