If your website is on a shared server, and regularly uses more resources than what your host considers acceptable, then you may want to consider discuss upgrading your hosting package. Dedicated web hosting is typically the next step up when websites outgrow shared hosting.
Prerequisite – Types of Web Hosting
Web hosting is the main service required to get/post our information from a web server using a web browser. This serves as an address to retrieve the data located at this place form a large data-server. There are several options of web hosting, let us discuss the primarily used options when you get onto Web.
Let’s understand first, what is Shared Hosting & Dedicated Hosting,
Shared hosting is used to allocate web resources with a group of people. In this hosting web server is distributed with other websites and the resources such as memory options, CPU, and other hosting plugins are provided in sharing basis. These types of hosting are good to start with a low load of websites.
Let us see some pros and cons of using shared hosting.
- Low initial cost to pocket.
- Serves as the best advertisement alternatives.
- Suitable for low content websites.
- Resources are shared.
- Allocates low bandwidth.
- Performance is less.
Dedicated hosting is used when we need to have full control over the resources. With this, a dedicated server is issued to you with the access level decided by the service provider. With this hosting need to take care of the services which are issued in your name to its use. This is used for the websites having huge load and content.
Let us see some pros and cons of using dedicated hosting.
- Provides the best performance resulting in fast response time.
- Provides necessary business-related services.
- Security is more.
- It requires more cost to set up.
- Requires knowledge for perform operations.
- Not ideal for first-time users.
What is the difference between Shared Hosting and Dedicated Hosting;
Shared Hosting allows multiple users/websites/accounts to be hosted on a single web server. Dedicated hosting, in its turn, is a single server solely devoted to one user.
In a nutshell, the difference between a Shared and a Dedicated hosting server is like an apartment in a block of flats and a cottage house. Both are good for living in. Still, there are some advantages and disadvantages of choosing one or the other. Let’s have a deeper look at each of the server type taking into consideration management, performance, resources, security and cost.
Shared Server : A Shared server is a good choice for those website owners who don’t have much technical skills to manage and control everything, but wish to build the online presence. With Shared hosting you have limited administrative access and can’t customize software configuration. Still, you have access to a cPanel, with which you can manage files, databases, email accounts, error logs, and some server analytics. If the server goes down, you can always be sure that the technicians will take care of it in the shortest time possible.
Dedicated Server : A Dedicated server is a good choice for those who have technical background and can manage/configure the server on their own. Yet, the lack of technical skills should not be an obstacle, since we offer different types of Dedicated server management: User-Responsible, Basic, Complete. You may find more information on each type here. Root access, provided with a Dedicated server, is a huge benefit if you need to make some server modifications.
Website performance plays an important role in attracting new visitors and traffic conversion. We have 100% uptime guarantee on our Shared and Dedicated hosting servers. However, some force majeure circumstances that are usually caused by upstream entities and other service providers the hosting company depends on can cause unexpected downtime. The examples of these are intensive DDoS attacks, power outages or hardware issues. So, the uptime ratio cannot be calculated with conventional precision and should be perceived taking into account all the factors.
The lion’s share of the website performance is captured to the website optimization. A very efficiently coded website that uses few resources per visitor would allow a large number of visitors and will not cause any downtime on the website, while a poorly or inefficiently coded website may only sustain a few simultaneous visitors and cause the Resource limit reached error.
Generally, if we compare the performance of Shared and Dedicated servers, the later will be faster and more reliable as it offers more resources like CPU, RAM, etc and those resources are used only by your websites.
Shared Server : While with the Shared server, you can never be sure who is your neighbor and if their activity have a negative influence on the server. As an example, you may receive a spike in traffic due to some campaign.
Dedicated Server : A Dedicated server may be able to handle the increased traffic while a shared account will most probably go over the resource limits and might be even suspended to protect other users on the server.
Shared Servers : With a Shared server you’ll share resources, such as data, CPU time, memory and disk space. You can find more details in Acceptable Use Policy and Terms Of Service. Shared hosting is an arrangement in which multiple websites are hosted on one server. Resources such as disk space, CPU, and memory are shared, and costs are split between all the users on that server. This sharing of real estate and resources is why shared hosting is so affordable..
Dedicated Servers : If you have a website that receives massive volume of traffic, Dedicated server is the best choice.
Shared Servers : We value the hard work our clients put in to their projects and care for the security of our servers. We have an effective firewall system along with a set of other server security applications and programs installed on our Shared servers. Still, a lot of security issues may come from within your own website code, control panel settings, malicious files uploaded etc. You may find some tips on how to keep your account secured here.
Dedicated server : A Dedicated server allows running almost all types of scripts and software, and you may always install any security software to add the additional layer of reliability to your own server. As an example, you may have the IP blocked/blacklisted on both Shared and a Dedicated server, while the whitelist of an IP address is possible only on a Dedicated one.
Sure, everybody would like to have the fastest and most secure server with all the privileges for the cheapest price. But, every service needs to have a reasonable price.
Shared Servers : With Shared hosting, server resources are shared among several users, so the cost of such account is less. The basic Indsoft Shared hosting account costs $49.88 per year.
Dedicated Server : A Dedicated server is dedicated solely to one user, and that is the main reason why it costs more. while the basic Dedicated server’s cost would be $79.99 per month.
So, before making a final decision, ask yourself these questions:
- What are your security requirements?
- What’s the daily and monthly traffic you expect on your website?
- What are your security requirements?
- What’s your monthly budget?
Which hosting option is right for your small business?
For most people stepping into the world of website hosting, shared hosting advantages outweigh its limitations. The low cost saves huge amounts for people still working out the scale of their website, and its simplicity makes it an accessible option for everyone, regardless of their technical know-how
Till now we have seen how dedicated hosting is different from shared hosting and why it is better than shared hosting. Also VPS hosting is different from Shared hosting, you can click here to know more about it. VPS and dedicated hosting are alternatives you can consider when your website requires more processing power, storage space, and customization. However, they come at a much higher price. Save yourself from unnecessary costs by understanding what each web hosting package offers, and what your website really needs.
Remember that your online success is much determined by a good and smart decision of a hosting server. You may always contact our Support to do the more research before making a choice.
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