Business owners need to know the difference between shared and dedicated website hosting if they want their internet presence to be the best it can be. But before I get into the basic differences between the two types of hosting, let's step back for a brief look at hosting in general.
At it's most basic, web hosting is a type of service that allows you to upload your website to a server and then go to live on the internet.
For most users, a Windows-based server is best. The alternatives are the Linux operating system (Linux OS) and a virtual private server (VPS). The former is an open source operating system beloved by tech geeks everywhere and pretty much avoided by the general public. A VPS is somewhat like a hybrid between dedicated website hosting and a shared server. The biggest issue with a VPS is that it often will have slower page loading speeds.
With a Windows-based server, the files are more secure due to an integrated protection system that detects suspicious activity such as malicious programs and behaviors and automatically limits the damage if an intrusion is noticed. Your business can run existing applications on a Windows server without modifying them. Plus, the server is able to update itself without endangering the entire system. There are many more advantages to running your website on a Windows server but they are mostly concerned with the backend and handled by our team of tech experts.
Although not strictly a platform type, the major forms of web hosting are shared and dedicated.
With a shared server host, your account is one of several to many on a single server. Think of how you may have lived as a college student with one rented room in a larger building that contained a kitchen and living and/or study area used by everyone who rents a room there.
Just as you had your own room key in the above example, a shared hosting website owner has their own user name and password. Users can access only their permitted area and their files and they won't know the total number of accounts on that server.
The major drawback to shared hosting is that the resources of that server are shared by all accounts on that server. This means if one account has a high volume of traffic, the page loading speed for all the other websites will be affected. Plus, theoretically, all accounts may be unprotected if one of them is hacked.
Another downside is limiting your website to the applications, software and operating environment already loaded on the server. A shared host may either offer software a client doesn’t need or lack things that they do. Despite the disadvantages, shared hosting is often used by new business owners as it is the most cost-effective way to maintain a web presence.
With dedicated website hosting--the only type offered by us--the entire server is allocated to just your business. All the random access memory (RAM), central processing unit (CPU), and hard disk drive (HDD) plus the services your site needs to operate quickly and smoothly--Apache, MySQL, Mail--are devoted solely to your business needs. You could think of it as renting a mansion with rooms and furnishings immediately available as your business grows without having your own mortgage, property insurance, and other liabilities.
Following are five additional ways a dedicated server is best for an established business:
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