Q. I have not used a virtual private server before, I am on shared hosting at the moment, I want to know the differences between the two
Ans. Shared Web Hosting is the most common type of budget web hosting. You are hosted on a
server with different websites, that you share the server with. Shared Hosting allows multiple customers to share the resources of one server, so it is a very economical solution to host websites. All websites share the same IP and server hostname with shared hosting. This type of Hosting is not always well suited for all types of sites, especially for high traffic sites, because it is not always possible to isolate each website from other sites that share the server.
A VPS is just like a dedicated server in terms of functions it offers to its users like root SSH access, administrative control, flexibility to install custom software and applications etc but at an affordable price compared to a dedicated server. As a user you can get your own virtual environment with dedicated amount of server resources for your own usage. The control provided by VPS Hosting is perfect for developers or those who require total control and need to have the ability to configure the server the way they like, and install custom software as needed.
VPS Hosting is an isolated environment whereas in a shared hosting environment the server resources are shared among all accounts on the server. In a shared environment you have limitations that are determined by the host whereas with VPS Hosting you are in control – you decide how and what your server is to run.