Help deciding between VPS or shared hosting?

ocadhla

New Member
Actually I'm not sure what I need. I just want to set up two blogs, Maybe 3. Now my problem is that I know nothing of coding, but I'd like to learn. So I'm wondering if I should get VPS which gives me the chance to learn about all of that or if I should cut myself out of some hassle and, for the moment, just go with shared web hosting. If so, what company do I choose?
 

Quags

Administrator
Staff member
As long as you own the domain, you can move it with you.

For example if you take our 1.99 domain offer for the first year, the domain is yours and you keep the domain even if you cancel.
 

hansenlaw

New Member
Get VPS. Trust me, even if you're just starting out it's better to learn what you own rather than just take the easier route.
 

Jonesy

New Member
It depends on how quickly you want to be up and running. If you are ready to have your blogs running in the next couple of days, then go with shared. If you have time to spend learning, then go VPS. As for learning about coding, it doesn't really matter which route you go - you can learn about coding (I assume you mean coding your blogs) with either.

Until you have a blog/site that requires dedicated resources, I would stick with shared.
 

oldwriter

New Member
Friend, when learning to manage a VPS it is not mandatory to be a programmer. There are many free tools you can use that empower less advanced users. Gone are the times when you needed to be an IT specialist to be proficient at doing VPS self-management.

If you want to learn without having to spend a lot of downtime due to human error or accidental configurations, I recommend a control panel such as Virtualmin GPL. There are other paid options, but as a general rule I recommend checking out the free ones to see if they are good enough for your purpose. Since you only want to host a few blogs, chances are Virtualmin GPL works for you.

At the same time, you can read tutorials or take online courses on VPS management. There is a plethora of material dealing with it. Just take it easy. One little step at a time.

Another good option would be to purchase a low-end VPS just for practice, alongside a shared hosting for your live site. So you have the best of both worlds.

Later on, when your VPS management skills are more mature, you will transfer your site from the shared hosting plan to your new premium VPS space, with the great satisfaction it is being administered by you. Quite a feeling of satisfaction.
 

despicable

New Member
Since you plan to have two or more blogs and expect high/medium traffic, by all means, grab a VPS.
Shared hosting will struggle to host two or more blogs with traffic. You will have to move on either way, and there are plenty of helpful tutorials to help you get started. My advise,
1) Get a VPS
2) Install a free or premium control panel like kloxo or cPanel
3) Get Wordpress and install it and voila!
 

allswl

New Member
With VPS hosting there is not much of a worry about security of your site etc, as there would be with shared server hosting. Also with VPS website hosting, there are number of other benefits such as the ability to handle a greater amount of traffic to your website, greater privacy, better security, and customization.
 

despicable

New Member
With VPS hosting there is not much of a worry about security of your site etc, as there would be with shared server hosting. Also with VPS website hosting, there are number of other benefits such as the ability to handle a greater amount of traffic to your website, greater privacy, better security, and customization.
Although, it doesn't come with security by default, unless its a managed VPS. In a self managed VPS, one must know how to secure his VPS, common things to do are to,
* Change the default SSH port
* Instead of passwords use SSH keys
* Secure with IPTables or CSF
* Prevent access to MySQL from all IPs except yours.
* Update your OS regularly
 

Quags

Administrator
Staff member
Although, it doesn't come with security by default, unless its a managed VPS. In a self managed VPS, one must know how to secure his VPS, common things to do are to,
* Change the default SSH port
* Instead of passwords use SSH keys
* Secure with IPTables or CSF
* Prevent access to MySQL from all IPs except yours.
* Update your OS regularly
Very true indeed. FYI CSF and LFD can be installed at no charge by interserver support staff.
 
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