Uncovering the Truth: How Web Hosting Companies are Exploiting the vCPU Misconception and How it Can Harm Your Business

Kevin Coupal
3 min readJan 19


Web hosting companies have long been exploiting the misconception surrounding virtual CPUs (vCPUs) in order to sell more resources to their customers. The idea behind this is simple: by advertising a large number of vCPUs, web hosting companies can make it seem like their servers are more powerful than they actually are. However, this practice can be misleading and can ultimately harm the customer. In this blog post, we will take a look at how web hosting companies are exploiting the vCPU misconception and why it is important for customers to be aware of this issue.

First, it’s important to understand what a vCPU is. A vCPU is a virtualized version of a physical CPU, which is used to run virtual machines on a server. The number of vCPUs that a server has is determined by the number of physical CPU cores that are available on the server. In other words, a server with four physical CPU cores can support up to four vCPUs.

Web hosting companies often use this information to their advantage by advertising a large number of vCPUs on their servers. However, this can be misleading because the number of vCPUs does not necessarily indicate the performance of a server. A server with four vCPUs may not perform as well as a server with two vCPUs if the latter has a faster CPU.

Another problem with the vCPU misconception is that web hosting companies may oversell their servers by assigning too many vCPUs to a single server. This can lead to poor performance and slow load times for customers, which can ultimately harm their business.

It’s important for customers to be aware of this issue and to understand that the number of vCPUs on a server does not necessarily indicate its performance. Customers should also be aware that web hosting companies may be overselling their servers and that this can lead to poor performance.

In order to avoid falling victim to the vCPU misconception, customers should do their research and carefully read the specifications of a server before purchasing it. They should also look for reviews and testimonials from other customers to get a sense of the performance of the server.

Additionally, customers can also ask their web hosting provider to provide them with more detailed information about the server’s CPU, such as the clock speed, number of cores and threads, and whether it is using a shared CPU or a dedicated one.

In conclusion, the vCPU misconception is a problem that can lead to poor performance and slow load times for customers. It’s important for customers to be aware of this issue and to do their research before purchasing a server. By understanding the true performance of a server, customers can make more informed decisions and ultimately choose a web hosting provider that will best meet their needs.

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Kevin Coupal

CEO @ KeepSec Technologies