Shared Hosting or Cloud Hosting? As emphasized before, the choice is dependent on the hosting needs for your business or personal requirement. The big organization’s needs or heavy traffic sites wouldn’t be accommodated in the shared hosting. There are differences between the Shared Server and Cloud Server in certain areas which influence the decision of choosing the best hosting package. There are some common traits between them as well. Shared Server and Cloud server allow a single server to provide services to multiple users. Both hosting services have some level compartmentalization for the different users’ usage. And more highlighted these are the economical alternative for the dedicated server.
The differences can be rectified by six focal criteria. The criteria are customization, resources, performance, scalability, limitation of email, website, and security. Firstly, the software customization for shared hosting is not allowed but it is allowable for the Cloud Server. The client can choose an operating system, control panels, software based on their convenient. This is included with the root access to the server for the clients. They can reboot at any time. Secondly, the total resources for the Cloud Server are higher compared to the shared hosting server. As the consequences, the performance of the Cloud Server is greater.
Thirdly, the scalability or users per server for shared hosting are roughly 250 users or can be more than that if it is oversold by web hosting providers. Meanwhile for Cloud server are only 20 users. In the Cloud Server environment, a user will not be affected by other users since the user is isolated from each other in the server. The security level is lower for shared hosting server and higher for Cloud Server. For an example, an account in the shared hosting is hacked by a hacker and the possibilities other accounts in the same server affected is higher. But if an account hacked in Cloud server, the other accounts won’t be affected.
The limitations of sending emails or host website differ too. In the Cloud server, there is no limitation. The clients can send unlimited emails and host unlimited websites. As reverse, the clients are allowed to send 150 emails only per hour (differ depends on different web hosting providers) and certain figures to host websites in an account for shared hosting.
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The differences of Shared Server and Cloud Server have been simplified in the table below: