Looking for a web hosting solution for your business will have you wondering whether to go the dedicated hosting- or the shared hosting route. In life, anything, where you’re able to do your own thing, is better, and with web hosting, it’s no different. Dedicated hosting is where websites are hosted on their own server, not sharing hard- or software with other businesses websites. Mostly the server is leased from a hosting provider and is housed in a data center. Websites on servers housed in data centers will also benefit from the security as well as the cool conditions that the data center offers.
You could say that one of the biggest benefits of dedicated hosting versus shared hosting is that with former, you have reliable and strong performance of your site when there are high traffic volumes. Dedicated hosting- packages will also have redundancy options for hard- and software and what this means is that if there are failures on the server you don’t suffer with lost uptime. The risk of failure is also reduced because your website doesn’t share resources with others. Threats such as hackers and malware are significantly reduced and dedicated hosting- providers can actually guarantee 100% uptime in their packages.
Also, when you start comparing prices on shared hosting against dedicated hosting, it may be tempting to go with the cheapest option – shared hosting – but there are some very important aspects that cheapness can’t give you. With shared hosting, for instance, the amount of disk space and bandwidth you get is limited and the reason for this is simple – you’ve got others sharing the server and you will be charged if you go past the allotted amount. With dedicated hosting, on the other hand, bandwidth and disk space are dedicated to you only, meaning no sharing and no limitations on the amount of available space.
With shared hosting, server resources are shared among a number of users, so this means less operating costs as costs are split between users, and its cheaper. A dedicated server, on the other hand, is dedicated solely to one user so it will cost more. Then again with shared hosting, you don’t have to be an IT specialist as maintenance is managed by the shared hosting provider. If you go with the dedicated server, however, you’re going to need someone with webmaster skills to set up and also manage the server. Having said that, fully managed dedicated hosting plans are available, but of course, this makes it more expensive.
Security is always an enormous issue and with shared hosting, the hosting company will install security apps and programmes. With shared hosting, there is also the chance of someone of the server indulging in practices which can get the IP address blacklisted. If you opt for a dedicated server, then looking out for security will be your entire responsibility, and this is why with a dedicated server, you’re always going to have to have some IT skills. Doing the security on your own will mean you being able to control the security programmess you install. You’re not sharing either which means there are fewer chances of having viruses and malware spread to your server.
What ideas do you have with shared hosting and dedicated hosting? There is always dissatisfaction with anything shared really because then you have to put up with the other party doing things you don’t like. With shared hosting, as a business, you’re going to have clients sites on the same server as many others. If your site makes use of sensitive data, then a dedicated hosting platform as opposed to shared hosting, will introduce further levels of security. All hosting solutions need security measures to protect against data leaks from your site.