As you website traffic grows, you may increasingly find that it is being closed down for excessive bandwidth. In fact, even if you purchase an unlimited hosting package, there are limits that will come into place at some point. Once you reach this stage, you may have to give some serious thought to choosing between a virtual private server (VPS) or a dedicated server.
What You Will Get With a VPS Server
If you decide to have your website hosted on a VPS hosted server, all of the files will reside on a virtual machine. Basically, this means that allocations will occur based on the amount of room on the server. Depending on the overall traffic of other sites hosted on the same machine, your site may run faster or slower. As may be expected, if you are planning on driving a great deal of traffic to your site, these slowups may be a problem.
Figure 1 : VPS (Virtual Private Server) Overall Diagram
What You Will Get with a Dedicated Server
When you purchase a dedicated server, you are essentially renting a specific amount of rack space on a specific hardware based server. Even if other web pages are running from the same hardware, their bandwidth will not interfere with yours. On the flip side, when you purchase dedicated hosting, you will have to estimate the amount of volume that you are expecting. If you exceed this bandwidth, your site will become unavailable until you upgrade your service package. This can be a serious problem if your site and name brand just started gaining popularity, or if you are running a special promotion that is creating higher volumes than usual.
Choosing the Best Server for Your Needs
There is no question that most webmasters start out thinking that it will be fairly easy to drive thousands of paying customers to their site on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the vast majority of sites see less than 100 visitors per year, no matter what the site owner does. As a result, even if you are planning on having a great deal of traffic, it may be best to start off with VPS hosting. As long as your web host also offers dedicated server products, you can always switch over if you notice that site performance is being affected. Aside from saving money, this will also give you a chance to learn more about each type of hosting, as well as cloud hosting and newer technologies.
No matter how you look at it, if you are going to make money on your website, you will need to host a good bit of traffic. That said, it is also very important to realize that it may take months, or even years of trial and error before you reach a point where you can justify the expense associated with dedicated hosting. During this time, you might be well served by taking advantage of VPS hosting. As may be expected, if your site is already experiencing slowdowns, then you will be well justified by looking to upgrade to dedicated hosting as soon as possible.