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Signs That You've Outgrown Shared Hosting and Should Upgrade to a VPS

This article was written by Dustin B. Cisneros of RackNerd, a seasoned hosting industry veteran who has contributed this article piece for the community.

Sometimes, growth is inevitable – and it’s important to be planned and ready for it. Are you currently hosting your website on Shared Hosting? In this article, we’ll go over some signs to watch out for throughout your growth journey – we will be pointing out some signs that you’ve outgrown your current shared hosting environment and should consider upgrading to a VPS (Virtual Private Server).

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  • Degrading/Diminishing Website Performance

If you noticed your website is performing slower than usual, it could mean that your website is increasing in traffic and that you are now exceeding the resource limit that shared hosting providers typically impose per account to ensure stability for everyone hosted on the server. More often than not, these limits are implemented by software the hosting provider implements called CloudLinux – which limits certain resources your account can use, such as IOPS, I/O, RAM, NPROC, CPU. It’s no secret that shared hosting is perfectly capable to meet the needs of basic and intermediate websites, but as you start to grow in traffic and visitors, diminishing performance can be a sign that you should consider upgrading to a VPS.


  • Out of Storage Space

If you are running out of storage space on your shared hosting account, it can be a sign that you need to either upgrade your storage allocation of your account, or use this as an opportunity to upgrade to a VPS. As this is an obvious sign you’ll need a bigger package, it can in some cases be more cost effective to actually upgrade to a VPS, depending on the storage you need.


  • When Shared Hosting is No Longer Cost Effective

Touching a bit more on the above point, if you notice that you are not receiving an appropriate value for the resources you’re receiving, it may be time to upgrade to a VPS. For example, in some cases, it can actually be more expensive to upgrade to, say, a 300 GB shared hosting plan, compared to purchasing a VPS with 300 GB of storage. This is because you receive a better value (generally speaking) when you buy a bigger package that already includes the additional resources you’re in need of, instead of paying the additional resource rate. This, of course, varies from hosting provider to hosting provider, but LowEndBox is a resource website that features a wide variety of deals from various different hosting providers to browse from! Be sure to factor in any additional costs that your business/website demands, this can include but not limited to: control panel, software licenses, web server licenses. At the same time, with the growth you’ve experienced, it may be safe to say that your budget would allow for additional resources, full root access, and peace of mind. If while you’re at it, looking for a free control panel to save some more costs, check out this article which covers free control panels for Linux.


Closing Thoughts

If you resonated with one or more of the above points, it can be a sign that you need to invest a few extra dollars (or potentially save some money) by migrating over to a VPS solution. Low End Box is dedicated to helping people run websites and services based upon cost effective VPS’s, and the best part is, all VPS’s featured on this website include full root access, which means you’re in total control and are able to set up your own environment as you require, and even choose your server’s operating system. Take a look at https://lowendbox.com/ and browse through VPS deals from hundreds of different providers.

If you have any questions on how or when to upgrade to a VPS, please feel free to leave a comment down below!

Jon Biloh


  1. Nice Article Dustin and thanks for sharing

    depends upon many factors why need for upgrade shared hosting to vps and dedicated servers

    1. Remarkable Increase in Site Traffic
    2.Security of Your Data Becomes an Issue

    3.Need For Business Growth For High CPU and RAM

    September 11, 2020 @ 4:01 am | Reply
  2. With the current VPS pricing, I think shared hosting is not making any more sense now.

    September 12, 2020 @ 8:43 am | Reply
    • Hi Steve, it certainly can feel like that at times. :)

      Though there can be value in shared hosting too, based on licensing cost i.e control panels, webservers, and other third party applications such as Softaculous and similar whereas with VPS you’d have to absorb this, assuming you utilize each. Not including support, that generally is provided with shared hosting.

      I think this article will help users weigh what is best for them, based on their current business/personal use case.

      September 12, 2020 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

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