Shared hosting is like living in an apartment building: you rent your own small apartment and you’re sharing the utilities and common spaces with other people. In this analogy the server is your apartment building, your website is your unit, the elevators and common spaces are the server resources (CPU, RAM, Storage) that are needed to power your website. If other users are hogging the server resources, access to your website can slow down.
VPS hosting is like living in a condominium townhouse: you own and are responsible for maintaining your unit, and your condo corp keeps the street clear to access your house. In this analogy the web host is your condo corp, your server is your house. You’re responsible for managing your own server and resources. Performance is higher and more consistent, but you do all the work.
Managed hosting (what we offer at Capital Web Design) is like having a single detached house with a butler, landscaper, and chef. We host your website on one of our optimized VPS servers, we keep all your plugins and themes updated for you, we fix anything that breaks, and we make sure your website is kept safe from attackers.