Shared hosting is particularly ideal to small businesses that are venturing into online entrepreneurship. The hosting plan is relatively cheap and easy to operate. These aspects of shared web hosting are exactly what an upcoming business would require owing to possible budgetary and technical limitation. But as the business flourishes and traffic volume increases, the resources allocated are overstretched and performance comprised.

Owing to the above scenario a business may contemplate upgrading to a more resources endowed hosting plan without necessarily increasing its cost of operation. Virtual Private Server (VPS) then comes in handy as an elevation to a higher hosting plan. It is not appropriate to compare shared hosting and VPS hosting as if they are of the same level. VPS is kind of a natural next step for businesses previously on shared hosting. A look at the extra and enhanced features of VPS makes this very clear.

The autonomy offered by Virtual private server is akin to that of dedicated server. Every VPS under the Virtual private servers have a separate operating system. This is coupled with software and other resources solely put aside for the use of an individual VPS. All this comes at a shared hosting set up and an almost similar pricing package.

Emails form a critical component of some small businesses. Under shared hosting environment if one of the users is sending bulk emails the system becomes clogged and goes down. Under virtual Private server each VPS have a separate email server devoted for its own email. In addition individual IP addresses is allocated to each VPS account. This has the benefit of ensuring quick and precise delivery and recipient of emails. In case of unbecoming operations of a fellow VPS account holder other users are not affected.

In shared web hosting security features are standardized for all the users. In virtual private server however customized security measures are allowed. VPS hosting permits users to design email accessing modes that are secure to avoid hackers getting access to them. This also includes features to scan emails for possible virus risk.

To prevent access to the server web hosting plans sets up a firewall. In the shared hosting plan all users sharing a server have to be allowed access even with firewall in place. VPS however enjoys independence and the firewall can be customized to fit a VPS requirements.

In general VPS is superior in terms of autonomy allowed. This independence in turn permits a measure of flexibility and customization of features and services which are on offer. This is particularly important since every user has unique requirements that can not be met in a shared hosting set up.