A website is a home to your business or company. Setting up a well-designed website is very important. It must have the capacity to fulfill your marketing needs and serve your visitors well enough to turn them into customers. Not only trades, but websites of every niche need to stay up, work smoothly, and maintain access around the globe. Hosting provides this service to a website owned by making a website available in the online world.
Once you are all set-up with your website, you have two hosting options:
How are these two different? Let's start with an analogy!
Imagine yourself having a ride on the subway train to reach your office on time. Now imagine driving a Lamborghini on a smooth road, to reach the same office for work. The train ride is slow and shared by other passengers, but the cost is lower. On the other hand, a Lamborghini is faster and better in most of the ways but it is too expensive.
First of all, shared hosting is the type of web hosting where the service provider serves more than one website (each with its different domain name) from a single web server. In simple words, your website is not the only one hosted on that server.
On the other hand, dedicated hosting is the type of hosting where the service provider hosts your website exclusively on its server - hence dedicated hosting.
Disk Space and Bandwidth
Shared hosting provides a limited amount of disk space and bandwidth, which is totally understandable given that the hosting server provides services to more than one website. All the websites on shared hosting share an equal amount of disk space and bandwidth.
On the other hand, dedicated hosting provides complete disk space and bandwidth to your website exclusively.
With shared hosting, the company is responsible to provide safe and secure services, whether that is installing servers firewall or improving defense against data breaches. These services are equally provided to all websites on that server.
With dedicated hosting, the responsibility of securing a network or strengthening the weak defense system falls upon the IT team.
Shared hosting divides services among several websites, which reduces the overall performance of the server. Therefore, higher traffic spikes may cause network downtime.
Dedicated hosting, on the other hand, keeps a higher level of performance at all times and ensures the smooth performance of your website.
If a single website on shared hosting engages in illegal activities, Google may blacklist your IP or website. It will become totally invisible.
Dedicated hosting allows you full security unless you break any rules yourself.
Level of Control
Shared hosting doesn't allow you to increase the CPU performance of RAM to improve overall site performance.
On the other hand, you can enjoy full control and flexibility of the server regarding performance or security.
With all such differences, there are Benefits and Disadvantages to both types of hostings, like:
Benefits of Shared Hosting
✓ Shared hosting is affordable
✓ It doesn't require any technical skills and you don't need to hire a separate IT staff.
✓ Though shared hosting, still you are allowed to customize the server according to your business market.
Disadvantages of Shared Hosting
✓ As the server homes more than one website, therefore it shares all its resources (Bandwidth, disk space, etc.) among them. Thus, resulting in inferior performance.
✓ Any website with malicious scripts makes you vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
✓ You cannot upgrade the performance of the server according to your needs.
Benefits of Dedicated Hosting
✓ Improved performance as your website uses the server exclusively.
✓ Reduced Security Risks
✓ Availability of options for customization & upgrades
Disadvantages of Dedicated Hosting
✓ Increased cost, obviously.
✓ Requires technical skills or staff to run the server smoothly and resolve any kind of issue.