When is it time for you to upgrade your shared web hosting plan to a VPS package? Or, maybe you’re wondering if you should start off with a VPS plan in anticipation of growing web traffic to your site? While it’s true your web hosting provider will notify you if your website is maxing out on resources–that doesn’t necessarily mean you should wait for that to happen. It certainly makes sense to take a pro-active approach and avoid downtimes where your site may be unavailable to prospective clients or customers.
Also, keep in mind that getting a notification from your web host about excessive resource usage doesn’t always mean you need to upgrade. It might be a case of an attempted malicious attack and not necessarily legitimate traffic growth—see my previous post on this subject for more info. So back to the original question: When is it time to get a VPS hosting plan? Here’s what the web hosting companies and I recommend when deciding whether to upgrade to VPS or not.
While there is no magic threshold number of traffic or resources that dictate you should switch to VPS hosting (there are many variables to consider), keep these guidelines in mind. The need for VPS hosting depends on a combination of your web traffic and the type of website you have. For example, if you site requires a lot of multimedia file processing or heavy database querying, then VPS will be highly beneficial. The type of software you use will also have an impact. These days, even content management systems such as WordPress and Joomla have become much more sophisticated and capable of running more advanced websites. Also, if you plan on having a decent sized ecommerce site, VPS is highly recommended.
On the web traffic side of things, you’ll definitely want to consider VPS hosting if you start getting (or are planning on getting) a few thousand visitors per day—especially if you have a resource intensive site as I described above.
Now that you have a better idea of whether Shared or VPS Hosting is right for you, here are some of the best options I recommend you check out: