Today’s digital consumer is more demanding than ever—we won’t settle for anything less than the fastest speeds and the highest quality content. To keep up with that demand, businesses need to be flexible and up-to-date on the latest web hosting technology. Anything less, and they risk losing loyal customers.
For years, businesses and blogs have relied primarily on traditional hosting methods to launch and run their websites. And while that has worked well in the past, new types of hosting, like unmetered and cloud hosting, promise to be faster, more reliable, and even more affordable than their traditional counterparts.
What makes these modern hosting methods different? Can unmetered VPS hosting really give your website or web application an advantage over traditionally hosted websites?
What Is Traditional Hosting?
Even though the world of web hosting is evolving rapidly, traditional hosting remains relatively popular among small businesses and personal blog owners.
Traditional hosting can mean a few different things, but for this comparison, we’ll look at the most common type—metered hosting on a shared server.
With metered hosting, your website’s data usage is monitored by your provider. At the end of a certain period of time, typically a month, you’re charged according to the amount of traffic your site has used. So while a sudden increase in site visitors should be cause for celebration, you may instead dread the impact it will have on your monthly bill if you have a metered hosting plan.
On a shared server, resources are shared between different websites and managed by the hosting company. While it is the most cost-effective and convenient type of server, it’s also the slowest and least secure.
Benefits of Traditional Hosting
- Price: Traditional shared hosting plans tend to be cheaper than virtual private server (VPS) and dedicated hosting. This makes them great for hosting low-traffic sites like personal blogs.
- Convenience: Because the server is managed entirely by the hosting company, a traditional hosting plan requires the least amount of technical know-how to use. This makes them a convenient choice for anyone new to web-hosting.
Drawbacks of Traditional Hosting
- Slow speeds: Traditional shared server hosting plans are not able to support high traffic websites and applications. That’s because when you have multiple clients sharing resources on a single server, you’re going to have bandwidth hogging. That means that if one site uses more than its fair share of traffic, then it slows down every other site on the server—including yours.
- Low security: Shared servers are far more prone to attacks than VPS and dedicated servers.If just one website on the server is compromised, then the entire server is affected by the attack.
- Surprise overage fees: While traditional hosting prices do tend to be more affordable overall, that affordability can vanish with a sudden spike in web traffic. Because data usage is metered, your monthly bill can be unpredictable, making web hosting difficult to budget.
What Is Unmetered Hosting?
Unmetered hosting is intended for small, rapidly growing sites, medium-sized websites, and websites with unpredictable traffic usage.
As opposed to metered hosting, unmetered bandwidth means that your bandwidth usage is not monitored by your provider. That means they’re not actively tracking how much traffic your site uses, so you can’t receive any overage charges, even if you experience a sudden high-traffic popularity spike.
It’s important to note that “unmetered” does not mean “unlimited”. Just like with any other type of server, basic hardware (RAM, CPU, and HDD) and bandwidth speed are limited. But these limits tend to be much higher than they are with traditional hosting, especially when it comes to bandwidth speed, giving you more freedom and flexibility.
Benefits of Unmetered Hosting
- Unlimited monthly traffic: While you will have a maximum bandwidth speed (typically between 100Mbps and 1Gbps) with unmetered hosting, there aren’t any limits to the amount of monthly traffic your site can handle.
- Improved DDoS protection: Denial of service, or DoS attacks, are certainly nothing new. But over the years, they’ve evolved to become far more complex and more difficult to stop. Unmetered hosting is able to keep up with these threats far better than traditional hosting because they have more bandwidth to dedicate to DDoS mitigation.
- Easy to budget: With traditional hosting plans, you’re charged based on how much data your site uses each month. But with unmetered hosting, you always pay one predictable flat rate, making it easy to factor web hosting into your business’s monthly budget.
- Easy to upgrade: While traffic is always unlimited, if you decide that you need more storage or memory to meet the demands of your site users, unmetered hosting makes it easy to upgrade to a bigger plan.
Drawbacks of Unmetered Hosting
- May be more than you need: You won’t always need to use the maximum bandwidth that comes with an unmetered hosting plan, so when traffic is particularly slow, you may end up with more resources than you really need. But for most businesses, the occasional “too much” is better than one case of “not enough”.
What Type of Hosting Should You Use?
You can’t choose a hosting plan without first examining and understanding your own needs. How many site visitors do you expect per day? Do you expect that number to rise quickly over time? How much content will you be uploading and storing on your website?
If you’ve never had any sort of web presence before, it may be difficult to guess just how busy your site will be. That’s why the safest option is to choose unmetered VPS hosting over traditional, metered hosting. That way, you can guarantee that you’ll always have enough bandwidth and storage to keep things running smoothly, without any financial surprises along the way. You’ll also have the peace of mind that comes with better security and DDoS protection.
JavaPipe’s unmetered VPS hosting plans go even further. In addition to high bandwidth speeds and 24/7 mitigated protection, all of our unmetered hosting services are on a powerful redundant network, and expert technical support is available around the clock.