Would you rather live in an apartment building with 300 units or in a nice gated community with only a few dozen units? Yeah, us too. It’s not that we don’t like people, it’s just that we value our privacy, freedom, and the fact that we can go to the pool any time we want without having to contend with 100’s of people (and their kids, grandkids, friends of friends, the list goes on). The same concept of “low tenancy” applies to web hosting. The old adage of “you get what you pay for” applies to apartment hunting just as it does to finding the right web host.
Let’s start with good, old, entry level shared hosting. The bottom line is this: if you are paying less than $25 per month for your shared hosting - your website is literally living in that 300 unit apartment complex. This means there are 299 other websites (at least) living with yours. Anyone can tell you what happens when you try to take your shower at 7:45AM -- cold, low pressure water. The same thing happens to your website. What happens when you need to run a sales report, or if you have a lot of traffic coming in for your big product debut? You guessed it - cold, low pressure - or in the hosting world - no memory and no CPU cycles available. Your website either slows or crashes - which is harmful to you and your business.
The same holds true for cloud servers. Shared hosting and the cloud are kind of similar - in that you are sharing at least some resources with other people. With the cloud, you do have dedicated CPU, memory and disk space - but what most hosts don’t really tell you is that you are still sharing. Cloud server users share disk I/O, network I/O, and just “general” I/O from the overhead of sharing the same system. I/O (input/output) is like a highway of data to and from your server and the resource. For example, running a large report might generate a lot of traffic on the disk highway - which slows down other people on the highway. Those other people are other cloud servers.
Low tenancy doesn’t solve the issue that congested resources creates, but it does help it dramatically. Imagine cloud hosting now, but with a maximum of 25 other websites. You get more CPU, more memory, better I/O all around - simply due to the fact you aren’t sharing with as many other people. The same goes for cloud - less people = better performance for all. Make sense?
Hosting companies that utilize and value low tenancy, like EndLayer, simply perform better than the average Joe. Since we don't oversell our services and place a maximum of 25 websites on our shared service, and only up to 6 cloud instances on our cloud host servers, you instantly get the benefit of low tenancy. That means super wide highways with plenty of room and no traffic -- speed away (your website, not your car -- drive safely!). Yes - you got us - it does cost a bit more. But then again, EndLayer isn’t in the business of letting websites go down.
Sum it up? If you’re good with having your website go down or slow down (which is almost the same thing - would you shop on a website that takes 1 minute to load a page?) - then by all means stick with that $4.99 hosting. If you’re like us and believe performance is key to selling online (and trust us, we have a lot of experience) - give EndLayer a shot. You won’t regret it!