Those who are looking to make a decision about their web hosting needs often ask about the differences between reseller hosting and VPS hosting. The first question is often which one is going to be best for the needs of their website but there isn’t really a clear cut answer.
The main area to think about when looking to choose between reseller and VPS hosting is the initial aim; will the account be utilised to resell hosting, will it be used directly for hosting content, is it going to be used for testing products, applications and software or will it be combination depending on the circumstances. The next objective to examine is how skilful the account holder is with regards to hosting management and the price differences involved.
Reselling as a host is similar to shared hosting and this in itself is a budget solution for those who are new to the web hosting world or have small capacity requirements. Shared hosting holds many accounts – possibly thousands – on one single physical server. All share the same memory and CPU and the server has preinstalled software as well as the choice of one OS system. If any of the account users violate the terms and conditions of their agreement then they can be suspended and when this happens it can have a knock-on effect on the other users as it can slow the whole server down. Shared account hosting is very inexpensive so is good for someone on a budget but there are a number of limitations.
Those who are offering reseller shared hosting will often have benefits and features which are greater than pure shared hosting because the reseller themselves will have extra privileges compared to normal account users who are using the same server. The reseller will be able to create and delete accounts but apart from that they are not that different to any other user.
Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a different kind of hosting because users are given a partitioned part of the server and that in turn creates their own virtual server. The most advanced VPS offerings have very similar levels of performance to the actual account carriers. This means that the customer can have their own virtual server at a much lower cost to having a dedicated hosting account with all the functionality which comes with the renting of a whole server. A VPS is completely separate from all the other VPS virtual servers and so none of the customers are vying for the same memory and CPU features. Root access is usually not restricted with VPS and this then means that customisation and administration can be hugely varied according to the individual needs of the user. The disadvantage of using VPS is that this hosting option may not be as powerful as that of a server which offers shared plans. Resource depletion is a major factor to consider if choosing VPS and any downtime would require the need for a power reset reboot.
In conclusion, a VPS has more freedom and requires more administration than a reseller shared hosting option. It can cost more but has some added features such as being able to run more than one OS system on the same computer. Resellers plans are inexpensive and fully managed so are good for those with limited skills but have more feature limitations. If a VPS user overuses resources then this could lead to service issues for the others on the server, but on the other hand, a reseller shared user who is using too much resource will see themselves being suspended and all the others will be able to carry on functioning, if at a slower pace for a time.