When it comes to “traditional” web hosting there are 3 main web hosting options...shared, VPS and dedicated hosting. In this article you will discover the differences between these traditional web hosting packages, as well as advice on a few things to consider before purchasing your web hosting package.

First, shared hosting is the most popular web hosting plan that is available today. You ask why? Well for starters it is the cheapest and most economical package available. And just like the name implies, shared hosting is when you share your server with as many as a thousand websites. In fact, you will also share the overall resources, maintenance, operating system and costs, making it the most affordable plan available.

Buyer beware... sharing your server with many other websites can have adverse consequences as you can be affected by the bad behavior of other websites that your share your server with. For example, if a site on your server gets blacklisted due to spamming and blackhat activities, then so does your website. Not to mention, shared hosting does not offer guaranteed resources, as it comes on a first come first serve basis. With that said, there is a great price tag but the downside must be evaluated to make sure that this is the best option for your website.

Next, VPS hosting is becoming a popular choice among small to medium websites because you get more control and resources then shared hosting offers. And unlike shared hosting, your resources are guaranteed. Not to mention, you will have your own full-fledged operating system that is independent of others that reside on your server, giving your website the privacy and extra level of security that you need. Additionally. VPS hosting offers scalability so that you can grow your resources easily when your website grows.

Buyer beware...much like shared hosting you can still be affected by the bad behavior of others. The only difference is that with VPS you will share your server with a lot less websites than you would with shared hosting.

Last, dedicated server hosting is a popular choice for large websites that have a lot of traffic. Dedicated servers are dedicated exclusively to your website, giving your site the most control, resources, privacy and security than shared and VPS hosting offer.

Buyer beware...this is the most expensive option in traditional hosting and it should only be purchased if you think that you need those amount of resources. Otherwise, a VPS plan could be more suitable for your website