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Dedicated Server vs. Shared Server

Updated on December 15, 2012
Choose either a dedicated server or a shared server wisely for your website.
Choose either a dedicated server or a shared server wisely for your website. | Source

Either you are planning to earn some money from the internet or if you want to promote your business with the help of the internet, a website is a good place to start. However, when it comes to website, it is of utmost importance that you have a good server to host your website otherwise all your efforts will be in vain. Yet, it is often the case that website owners get confused once they are asked what kind of servers they would like to use. Therefore, it is necessary for you to prepare yourself with the corresponding knowledge.

Dedicated Server

A dedicated server is a server which you can use entirely. This means that you can take advantage of the resources, such as bandwidth capacity in addition to others, all by yourself. You are free to use the server for your website testing as well.

While choosing a dedicated server, there are quite a few types you can choose from. To start with, there is a dedicated box server. This means that your server will be placed inside the data center that belongs to your hosting service provider. However, the server will be provided and managed by your provider instead of you.

A virtual dedicated server is the next option you have when it comes to a dedicated server. What you’ll get with this option is a small server which comes as a result of clustering of the main server. This is achieved with the help of operating system virtualization.

It is also common to find a colocation server as the next possible option. Using this option, you actually simply rent a space from your hosting service provider. You can then put your server within that particular space. Unlike the dedicated box server option, you’ll have to buy and manage the server yourself in this case.

Last but not least, some web hosting providers also offer custom hosting solution. This is oftentimes designated for websites which require a special attention or some critical websites.

One thing that you need to know about using a dedicated server is that it may prove to be quite expensive. This is because your provider will have to grant its entire server access to you and you only. Your provider, therefore, won’t be able to gain profits from other web owners from the same server you are using. However, the benefit is that your website will get the most bandwidth capacity possible, ensuring reliable connection and live time all year round.

Shared Server

Contrary to the dedicated server, a shared server is designated for multiple users at once. With that being said, you and your website will no longer get the whole access to the server resources, you have to share it with other website owners. With that being said, there are times when your website may be down. This is normally because other websites have been receiving high traffic, causing the limit provided by your service provider to reach its maximum capacity sooner than expected.

However, with a shared server, you won’t have to worry too much about spending a lot of money as a shared server usually comes with quite low costs. So, if your website is considerably small and that it isn’t likely to require a huge loading time – think of PHP, a shared server may well be the answer you are looking for. However, of course, you will have to bear the limited resources.

Bottom Line

Prior to choosing whether to use a dedicated or a shared server, it is best for you to take into consideration first what kind of website you’ll be hosting and what kind of traffic you may receive from such a website. Well, basically, you need to consider your needs.


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