1.2.1 Differences in the operation of shared hosting services and a virtual server
When using the shared hosting service, clients have access only to their user and all work occurs at the user level. All clients are hosted on the hosting server and share its power. Shared hosting has various restrictions and limits, for example: on sending mail, limits on working with databases, on the load created. As a result, quite a lot of different software cannot be placed on hosting and/or it simply will not work there correctly.
When using a server, unlike hosting, you will also have the superuser level - a server administrator with maximum rights and root access.
If you have never used the services of a virtual server, but only hosting and do not know how to work with it, at the user level the ISP control panel is the same as on our hosting. To log in as a user - in the “Users” section, as in the figure above, click on the desired user and click the “Login” icon.
The main difference is that on your server you are an administrator, there are no restrictions for you and you can place and install anything on it that does not contradict our rules. There are no restrictions on the number of sites, databases, FTP accounts, mailboxes and more. You are limited only by the resources of your virtual server. This is completely your server, and you can customize it specifically for your tasks.
But VPS/VDS is limited in resources, and has a clear limit of capabilities according to the selected tariff plan. This is also worth considering when choosing and ordering a server. For example, the “Cloud-1” tariff plan with 1024 MB of RAM is not designed for resource-intensive tasks, but rather is intended for static sites and getting acquainted with the server control panel.
But in any case, after ordering a server, you can always change the tariff plan for your service within a couple of minutes if the current tariff plan does not suit you. How to change the tariff plan is described in this article.
When ordering a virtual/physical server, you will have your own dedicated IP address, and only you will use this IP. This will protect you from situations where on a shared hosting, due to some client sending spam on the same IP, he will end up on external DNSBL black lists and mail will temporarily stop working for everyone on this IP.
But all of the above does not mean at all that VPS/VDS is better than shared hosting or vice versa. It all depends on the tasks assigned. If you just want to host your website or are just starting to develop a website, you should probably order a shared hosting or Premium hosting service /hosting/premium).
If you want to install, for example, a control/statistics panel for game servers, you should choose the VPS/VDS service.