The Differences between Shared Hosting and Dedicated Server Hosting

You’d be forgiven for being confused when choosing a web hosting service for your business. There are so many options to choose from, so many different plans at so many different price points. If you’ve been looking for a while, you may already have heard of two of the most popular hosting plans; shared hosting and dedicated hosting.

These two are polar opposite and yet remain two of the most purchased hosting plans. Understanding the differences between the two could help you determine the type of hosting plan that is ideal for your business.

The main different between the two is in the way they are set up. A dedicated server hosting plan will host only your website. With shared hosting, other websites share the same disk space and bandwidth on the same plan with you. Some of the other differences include the following;

  1. Bandwidth and Disk Space

On a shared hosting plan, the amount of disk space and bandwidth is greatly limited because you are sharing the server with so many other websites. You may even incur some additional costs when you surpass your allotted amount of bandwidth and disk space.

On a dedicated server bandwidth and disk space are only dedicated to you and your business since it is the only one hosted on that server. There are no limitations on the disk space and bandwidth except the ones set by your business.

  1. Costs

Because the resources on a shares hosting plan are shared across many users, the operation costs are also spread across all these users. This can bring down the cost of a shared hosting plan down so much that it is the cheapest hosting plan.

In sharp contrast, dedicated server will cost more. It is in fact the most expensive hosting plan. But there are benefits. With the additional cost comes the flexibility to deal with additional traffic, install specialized software and even customize the server any way you want.

  1. Technical Skill Requirements

A shared hosting service provider will often handle all the technical aspects or setting up and maintaining the plan. They manage the security and administration of the server as well, meaning that you don’t need to have any technical skills to host a website on a shared hosting service.

On a dedicated server you will need to have the technical skills to install, manage and maintain the server yourself. This often means that as a business you have to hire qualified IT staff to ensure the overall well-being of the server and the system. But there are some providers who will offer a managed dedicated server hosting services. This is where they offer you their technical support and take it upon themselves to make sure that the server is installed, configured and maintained.

But a managed dedicated server will often come with additional charges. You also want to be clear about the kind of support you will get on a managed dedicated server plan against the additional cost.