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Difference Between Shared And Dedicated Web Hosting?

Subscribe Free By Les Pinczi January 18, 2005 Comments Off Get the WebProNews Newsletter: This article will explain the key differences between 2 web hosting services available today: shared and dedicated web hosting. What is shared hosting? You can even order different IP addresses for each of your websites with shared hosting. The benefits of shared hosting is low cost (average price is around $5 month per website), your own domain name and lots of software options like database, CGI, etc. If you run a small business and dont expect more than 1000 visitors to your website per day, then shared hosting is for you. The only problem with shared hosting is that bandwidth is limited, so if your site becomes very popular you might find yourself running out of bandwidth quickly. If you ever wanted to test the waters and put your own website up on the Internet, start with shared hosting and your own domain its the way to go. What is dedicated hosting? Dedicated hosting is the opposite of shared hosting. Dedicated hosting is about you being in total control of the server and what goes on the server. You decide whether to host 1 site or 10 of your sites. Dedicated hosting allows you to tailor database, email and software applications to your desire so it works the way you want it to. This is powerful. Dedicated hosting is ideal for websites with high traffic and large businesses who want complete control over the server so they can fine tune for special shopping cart software, etc. Another benefit of dedicated hosting is you can resell the space/bandwidth to people who want to setup their own website. Unlike shared hosting, dedicated hosting will cost considerably more, something like $50 month for a simple dedicated server. If your website is critical to your business, then Id highly recommend dedicated hosting. Les Pinczi has been running a small, thriving web hosting business for the past 4 years. See January 18, 2005
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While all types of hosting servers will act as a storage centre for your web content (html files, videos, audios, images, apps, databases, etc), these hosting options differ in the amount of storage capacity, control, technical knowledge requirement, server speed, and reliability; and have it very own pros and cons. Typically, all domains may share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU. As cost is extremely low, most websites with moderate traffic levels running standard software are hosted on this type of server. Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting In VPS hosting, every website is hosted on a virtual private server on a more powerful hardware. A physical machine is divided into several virtual compartments, and server software is set up on them separately, making each unit capable of functioning independently. Thus, though other websites may be hosted on the same physical system, yours would be the only website(s) hosted in the virtual compartment allocated to you, and other websites on the machine wont affect the performance of yours. That would mean you get exactly the same system resources you pay for. Dedicated Hosting A dedicated server offers the maximum control over the web server your website is stored on You exclusively rent an entire server. Your website(s) is the only website stored on the server. Cloud Hosting Cloud hosting offers nearly unlimited ability to handle high traffic or traffic spikes. Heres how it works: A team of servers (called a cloud) work together to host a group of websites. This allows multiple computers to work together to handle high traffic levels or spikes for any particular website. How to choose? To choose the right web host, you have to first understand your own needs. Lets forget about those list of top 10 hosting services for a while and think thoroughly about your very own needs. What kind of website are you building? Do you need Windows applications? Do you need a special version of software (ie. PHP)? Does your website need special software? How big (or small) can the web traffic volume go? Do you plan to host multiple websites on the same hosting account? Is security a primary concern? Do you need a dedicated IP for your site? Is private SSL certificates needed? How fast do you need the hosting server to be? Do you need server root access? Do you need to install your own software and application? These are some of the basic questions to be answered. Have a plan with your website and try figure out what will happens next for the next 12 months. For newbies, the general basic rule is to always start small with a good shared hosting account. A shared hosting account is cheap, easy to maintain, and sufficient for most new sites. Plus, you can always upgrade to VPS or dedicated hosting in the later stage when your site grows bigger.
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