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Which One to Choose - Dedicated Server or Shared Web Hosting?

Date Added: January 20, 2011 04:02:55 AM
Author: BWHW Web Hosting Directory
Category: Dedicated Server

Here, in the world of web hosting companies, the most frequently asked question by the clients is that whether they should opt for a dedicated server web hosting facility or they should go for a shared web hosting program instead.

 

There is a lot of difference between a dedicated server web hosting program and a shared web hosting program.

 

As we all know what dedicated means, there is little need to describe the working of a dedicated server in explicit details. It is sufficient to say that a dedicated server is an internet server that belongs to the owner entirely. The allotted bandwidth, disk space, memory capacity and the CPU usage is entirely belonging to the owner in case of a dedicated server web hosting program.

 

On the other hand, a shared web hosting program is a facility where the whole server is divided between a number of users and along with it is divided the disk space, the memory, the CPU usage and the allotted bandwidth. The proportion of the division depends solely on the provider of the web hosting service.

 

Web hosting programs are comparable to renting a house in some respects. It is almost like renting a house where a dedicated server is the facility whereby someone lives alone or with his or her family in a house. Whereas, the shared web hosting program is like taking a room on rent in the house and the other rooms are rented by people who are not in any way related to each other. Like if the house has five rooms then five people are sharing that particular house by living in five individual rooms.

 

Both the dedicated server and the shared web hosting have certain advantages and disadvantages. Some of them are listed as follows:

 

Dedicated server:

 

Advantages:

  • Stability
  • Very high in resources
  • Can go through even high website traffic
  • Provides root access
  • It is highly scalable that is it can be easily upgraded
  • This server is very fast and can be easily relied on.

Disadvantages:

  • It is very expensive as compared to shared web hosting.
  • There are high charges if the data is exceeded.

Shared web hosting:

 

Advantages:

  • The cost of it is cheap and is affordable to all spheres of people.
  • Can easily be managed by soft wares like Cpanel.
  • It is a better option for people starting up a business.
  • The set up is much faster.
  • There is no cost for maintenance.

Disadvantages:

  • The only disadvantage is that shared web hosting has very limited sources.

So while choosing between dedicated servers or shared web hosting facilities, the above factors that are mentioned should be pondered upon by prudent consumers. If someone is just starting a business, then a shared web hosting program is the best option as it costs less and it can be upgraded any time when one feels that the allotted disk space or bandwidth is not enough for him or her.