The Differences Between Shared, VPS, and Dedicated Hosting

Any modern business will benefit from having a professional website. A website provides a gateway to a larger market, and most businesses recognize that a website is essential for growth. For small and medium-sized businesses, making the online transition can sometimes be intimidating, especially when it comes to the different hosting solutions that are available.

One area that often leads to confusion; is the difference between shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting. The three options have some similarities but can provide different benefits at an additional cost. Choosing the right hosting solution for your website is your responsibility, however, our engineers are assisting our customers to choose the right hosting plan and provide the advice for the best results and peace of mind.

The following is a breakdown of each solution, with simple explanations aimed towards online business owners.

Shared Webhosting for Online Business

Hosting is essentially the parking garage for a business website. A hosting solution combines storage, bandwidth, and the hardware and software that is needed to start and maintain an online presence.

Entry level packages are predominantly shared solutions, which offers a good compromise between performance and affordability.

Hosting providers use servers to store website data and service their customers. With a shared solution, an online business website will be stored on a server that is also used by other websites. This makes hosting more affordable and accessible.

The server needs to share all resources between websites (including storage, RAM, network connectivity, and processing power), which in old days can mean degraded performance when compared to VPS or dedicated hosting. While technology is developing very fast, we’ve now CloudLinux OS that creates a virtual and separated environment for each website to avoid one big website eating up the resources of other smaller websites on the same server, it’s like a fair usage policy and this technology allow hosting providers to allocate dedicated resources for each website which significantly increased website  performance and speed on shared hosting servers. For smaller lightweight websites, a shared hosting package can be more than adequate. For larger websites, this type of service will quickly reveal limitations as shared hosting is designed primarily for small websites (Personal websites, blogs, small forums, etc..)

Virtual Private Servers for Increased Customization

VPS Explained

The next on the tier is a Virtual Private Server or VPS. This technology can host more than one VPS on the same dedicated server with the same hardware and resources, with the advantage that all VPS servers are hosted within a virtualized environment. There are a number of advantages to doing this. The most important is that resources are allocated to each VPS individually and each VPS has full root access and you’ve full control over your hosting environment like a dedicated server but with fewer resources and an affordable price. While VPS is a virtual server, this gives the possibility of upgrading your resources at any time with less downtime possible as there is no hardware needs to be replaced, it’s just a click of a mouse and your server is more powerful.

On VPS hosting, each virtual server will still share the same physical hardware, but they will each have individual access to a certain percentage of those resources. This means that performance is stable and sites won’t become bogged down as each waits for its turn to access the processor, storage, or memory.

VPS can allow for better configuration freedom to install any required software and you can install your desired operating system (OS) and there is theoretically more stability (most modern hosting solutions, even shared, are inherently stable with +90% yearly up-time while HostRound uptime is 99.999%.)

The key advantages here are faster load times for websites and more customization of what can be run on the web server.

The disadvantages are higher cost and increased technical setup. Some hosting providers may offer hosting assistance and one-click setup for popular platforms (such as WordPress), at HostRound we provide fully managed VPS, so you don’t have to be an expert to run your websites on our VPS, our professional support team will handle the whole process for you until your website is up and running.

So VPS still remains accessible to most small and medium-sized businesses.

Dedicated Hosting

Understanding shared and VPS hosting, it should be quite obvious what dedicated hosting can provide. With this type of solution, a website will be given its own hardware and resources within a data center. That means no sharing and the highest possible level of performance and limitless customization.

Dedicated hosting is always more expensive than other solutions, but is essential for businesses with large websites and a high amount of monthly bandwidth. Businesses that host sensitive data will also rely on dedicated hosting for security and stability reasons.

By Understanding Hosting Solutions, The Choice Becomes Much Easier

  • Shared hosting is the entry-level solution, providing good speed and stability, with the lowest possible cost. This is perfect for the smallest businesses with modest online needs, personal websites and small-sized blogs.
  • VPS hosting remains within the affordable range for smaller businesses, but offers better speed and stability, with more potential customization. Initial setup may be more involved if the hosting provider doesn’t offer managed solutions.
  • Dedicated hosting is the top tier of web hosting. Dedicated hardware and network resources offer the best performance and stability. Customization is only limited by the technical skill of the site owner (or their developer). The most expensive option and usually not necessary for small businesses.

Owning a website is easier than ever before, and there are solutions to meet any budget. With all of the growth potential that is offered from owning a website, there’s no reason for any business to miss out in 2018.

Get your hosting solution from HostRound at an affordable price and fully managed services with 99.999% uptime.

Storage and Bandwidth Explained for Business Web Hosting

An online business needs an efficient and stable website, which is why choosing a hosting provider is so important. With the right host, a business will benefit from stable up-time, plenty of storage and bandwidth, and fast servers that allow for speedy page loading. With the wrong package, an online business could quickly run into issues that could reduce income and growth.

Any small or medium-sized business owner will need to understand all of the basic terms and features of a professional web hosting package. The following information will help to clarify the difference between bandwidth and storage when related to business web hosting.

Hosted Storage for a Website

A number of hosting providers have moved to models where an unlimited amount of storage is offered. This effectively allows businesses to create websites without restriction on how much content is being hosted. Whether the site is a few hundred megabytes or more than a gigabyte, an unlimited storage plan won’t place any restrictions in terms of storage size. For some lower tiered plans for startup websites, storage is often capped, sometimes as low as one or two gigabytes and if it’s unlimited storage, it should be limited by the number of files that can be hosted on your hosting account. Here at HostRound we provide resources as promoted, for shared hosting plans, we start from 7GB of SSD storage and up to unlimited gigabytes for the higher plans.

The average website will not contain more than a few hundred megabytes of information, especially with the existence of CDN which help increase website speed and cache the static files and serve them from many servers across the globe which decrease the number of requests and traffic consumed on your hosting account and improve the user experience. However, storage doesn’t just relate to the site itself, but also the content management system, any backups that are stored, and any other resources that are saved but not specifically used on the publicly facing website (additional downloadable resources etc.).

For any business today, an unmetered hosting solution is recommended. While most hosting providers are generous in what they offer on limited plans, it makes more sense and will assist in futureproofing when an unmetered storage solution is chosen.

Bandwidth for Business Websites

Bandwidth and storage are sometimes confused, but they are actually two very different things. Storage, as we’ve covered, relates to all data that is stored on a website through a hosting provider. Continue reading Storage and Bandwidth Explained for Business Web Hosting

HostRound Launches Managed SSD VPS Hosting Service in 2018

VPS hosting is the latest addition to our product lineup, offering an excellent alternative for anyone that needs a light, moderate or even intensive traffic solution.

Reliable hosting solutions should be affordable for businesses that want to establish an online presence and remain competitive. At HostRound, we’ve invested heavily in new technologies and infrastructure that allow us to offer affordable hosting packages that free you from storage, speed, and feature constraints.

Why Choose a VPS Hosting Solution?

VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting allows for a virtually isolated machine that can be accessed and configured as if it were a standalone resource. HostRound makes the VPS even more attractive by using Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) infrastructure. The benefit of this technology is that KVM provides real virtualization where allocated resources are not shared between different virtual servers on the same hardware (Server). The result is faster and more reliable performance, without slowdowns that can be caused by overprovisioning. VPS provides full control over your hosting environment with root access and much more power than shared hosting, so you can install any software you want and host projects of any size.

Intel Xeon Processing Power with Kernel-Based Virtualization

Processing power matters with any server hosting solution, and at HostRound we use some of the most powerful Intel Xeon server processors to provide you with maximum speed and efficiency.

Intel’s E5 server CPU’s are utilized, with the E5-1650 v4 being the most commonly found in HostRound’s servers. These CPU’s are built on 14nm technology which improves efficiency without sacrificing performance. 6 cores / 12 threads, 15MB of SmartCache and a maximum turbo frequency of 4.0GHz per core makes these CPU’s perfect for a virtual private server environment. Continue reading HostRound Launches Managed SSD VPS Hosting Service in 2018

Why SSL is vital for your website

Security Sockets Layer or SSL forms backbone of a secure Internet. It protects all sensitive information as the latter moves across the computer networks of the world. It is vital to protect any website even if the site is not involved in managing sensitive information. SSL offers data integrity, privacy, and critical security for not only websites but for the user’s personal information as well.


The principal reason SSL is utilized to keep sensitive information safe when it is sent across the Internet in an encrypted form so that only the recipient can comprehend it. There is a good reason for this. Information sent through the Internet gets bounced from one computer to another until it reaches the destination server.

The computers that are involved in the process could view credit card numbers, passwords and usernames along with other sensitive information in case the message is not SSL certified. When an SSL certificate is present, the information becomes illegible to any person or entity except the server where the information is being sent. Identity thieves and hackers thus do not get access to the information. Continue reading Why SSL is vital for your website

Start a Website with WordPress Hosting

WordPress is the world’s leading content management system, and it’s one of the best platforms to use if you’re setting up a website for your small business. With plenty of power to customize a site for your unique needs and develop your online presence, a WordPress site could give you the edge that you need to start growing your market and challenging your competition.

With the right WordPress hosting, you won’t need to have prior design or technical experience, and the following steps will show you just how easy it is to boost your business with a new website.

Start Things Off with Domain Name Registration

Before you can get started with your site hosting, you’re going to need a domain.

A domain name is not just your address on the web; it’s also a powerful branding tool. If you have a unique business name, then you should be able to find a top level domain that suits your needs. HostRound provide top-level domain name registration with competitive price starting from $9.99 / Year.

There are numerous domain name registrars available online, some of which offer highly competitive hosting for yearly rates. Most ISPs also offer registration, so talk to your provider about any offers they might have available.

Choose a WordPress Hosting Provider

Your domain name will be the gateway that gets your audience to your pages, but you’ll need a hosting plan where your site and all of your data is stored on a remote server.

To get up and running without a huge amount of technical knowledge, you can sign up with a web hosting company that provides Continue reading Start a Website with WordPress Hosting