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By : Ron King
To have a
website, you have to have a host. The 2 principal options available for web
hosting are shared and dedicated packages.
A website that uses dedicated hosting has the server all to itself, while a
shared host is split amongst multiple customers. This article will help you
choose the 1 that will work best for your website.
Websites are stored on servers, which are simply computers that been set up
to respond to data requests from the internet. Each server has an individual
Internet Protocol (IP) address -- 4 numbers separated by dots such as
With a dedicated server, all the resources of the server, as well as the IP
address, are unique to that website and are yours to use as you want. It can
be used to host just 1 site or many. You have access to the entire bandwidth
of the server, and you can use as much disk space as needed.
Companies with large complex websites that receive a lot of traffic really
need a dedicated host. Sites with a dedicated server are also able to run
any kind of script they choose. This is especially important for businesses
that are developing new scripts and need to test them without affecting
Websites sharing a single server are sharing all the resources of that
computer. Shared hosting places several websites on the same server, all
sharing the same disk space, bandwidth, and IP address. The host will limit
each site to a specified amount of disk space and bandwidth to be used per
month, in order to provide sufficient service to all the shared sites. Sites
that exceed their limit may be charged a substantial penalty or even
temporarily closed down.
The number of sites being shared by a particular server is not as important
as the amount of traffic each is receiving. A server hosting 200 low traffic
sites will respond much faster than 1 with 50 sites receiving lots of
Arriving requests are dealt with on a first-in-first-out sequence. If there
is a large queue, there will be a long wait as each server has a limited
amount of bandwidth. The amount of traffic your neighbors receive can
quickly impact how well your web site is displayed.
Because the cost of operating the server is divided amongst many customers,
shared hosting is a lot cheaper than dedicated. It's available for as little
as $2 a month, while dedicated hosting can run over $100 each month.
There are risks associated with shared hosting. If 1 of the neighbors runs a
programmed script that goes bad, the entire server could be affected. In
extreme situations this could shut your site down for a while. If a neighbor
is banned from search engines for spamming tactics, that could also affect
everyone sharing that IP address. It's a good idea to check with hosting
companies first, to see what their policy is about third-party scripts and
How To Decide Between The 2 Options
Large complicated websites that expect to receive 1,000 or more visitors a
day should opt for dedicated hosting. It's also a good choice for developers
who expect to research and test new internet technologies.
Small companies and individuals with small sites are probably better off
with shared hosting. The cost is certainly more reasonable. Just be sure to
choose a host with a good reputation who will protect your site from others
that could put your site at risk.
About the Author :
http://www.adventhosting.com to learn more. Ron King is a full-time
researcher, writer, and web developer, visit his website at