Choosing the right server: shared or dedicated

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Choosing to migrate to a dedicated server can be a big decision. Here are some points to consider when choosing between shared and dedicated hosting.

Shared

Shared web hosting refers to hosting a website on a shared server. In other words, multiple clients are hosted on a single server. As a result, shared hosting is usually less expensive than maintaining a dedicated server.

On the other hand, as shared hosting involves sharing a single server's resources among many clients, shared hosting can experience a decrease in speed of service during heavy traffic. Other clients on the server can use up a greater amount of resources. This can result in website performance being downgraded or becoming inaccessible altogether.

Also, web hosting on a shared server is usually much simpler than on a dedicated server. This can be optimal or not, depending on the technical abilities of the system administrator. It is usually very simple to get a website up and running, but the lack of customization may frustrate some users.

In general, shared web hosting is best for small, low traffic websites. The combination of low prices and ease of use means shared web hosting is an excellent starting point. Moving to a dedicated server makes sense when more bandwidth and storage are needed, or when more flexibility is required.

Pros:

  • Low cost
  • Easy set up
  • Easy maintenance

Cons:

  • Lack of fine control
  • Shared resources

Dedicated

Compared to shared hosting, dedicated servers are much more powerful, flexible and costly. With a dedicated server, everything can be customized and modified; operating systems, control panels, scripts and email servers. Clients can install their own software and their own websites, or even resell hosting to their own clients. As a result, running a dedicated server is more complex than a shared plan, as the amount of technical knowledge required is higher. Clients are responsible for the software on their servers.

With a dedicated server, there is only one client per server. The client does not need to share resources with anyone else on the server, and can manage their files and storage space as they please. Resources only need to be shared among the client's own websites, including SSL certificates and IP addresses.

iWeb guarantees network connectivity and hardware. Our technical team is available 24/7 to resolve any issues and to ensure that the server is online and available at all times.

Pros:

  • Full software and hardware customization
  • Dedicated resources

Cons:

  • Requires more technical knowledge
  • More difficult to maintain
  • Increased cost
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