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					Dedicated OR Shared Web Hosting?

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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.


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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 123.456.78.9.

Dedicated Hosting

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 other websites.

Shared Hosting

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 visitors.

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 inappropriate activities.

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.

				
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