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How to find web hosting that meets my requirements?

While shopping around for a new hosting service, I have find that I have no idea how to decide between shared hosting (which I presently use for all my sites) service or go towards virtual (VPS) hosting which are always much more expensive. The real question is How to determine when shared hosting is no longer an option for a site?

PS: This question covers some similar ground but is too specific for my needs.

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marked as duplicate by John Conde Nov 14 '11 at 22:35

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Even though this isn't specifically a hosting request, Nick's answer goes into good detail shared vs vps. Plus we need to keep question related to choosing hosting in one place so it is a resource for everyone researching hosting. –  John Conde Nov 14 '11 at 22:36
    
I read Nick answer and, while nice for the other question, is not what I am looking for: Facts to consider in order to determine that shared hosting is not enough for a site. –  Itai Nov 14 '11 at 23:58
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VPS usually implies that you have someone on staff who can manage server tasks. What if you need to upgrade php, or something fails and you need to restore from a backup? If you generally expect the hosting company to keep things up to date on the backend, then stick with shared hosting.

also see this post shared vs dedicated hosting

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Sorry but this does not answer the question at all. I know what these are. What I need to know is how to compare them from the perspective of the website and how it uses resources. –  Itai Nov 15 '11 at 0:01
    
There are a lot of factors to consider, the first being whether you have resources to manage a server. You shouldn't go any further with VPS as an option if you don't have those resources. –  Drai Nov 15 '11 at 14:03
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