Many people are unsure when purchasing server space whether they need to go for a shared server or a dedicated one. The difference is significant and it's important to take into account what exactly you need from your hosting company before making a decision.
Shared servers are perfect for companies that do not need a great deal of server space for their hosting plans. They may have new websites or sites that do not receive a high volume of traffic, meaning the demand that will be placed on the server is less. Because of this, it may be best for them to choose shared server space in order to save some money.
However, dedicated servers are entire servers that are leased to a single client. There are many reasons a client will choose to use a dedicated server rather than a shared one, including for privacy and security reasons as well as many others. Dedicated servers offer the client the space of the entire server to utilise and the client can enjoy a far more flexible type of hosting as they have full control over the server's functions and features. For example, they can choose which operating system to use, as well as which apps are installed and run, whereas with a shared server this is not always the case. What's more, many hosting companies also offer a good degree of management and administration to dedicated server clients, so you can be assured that your server will be looked after.
By using a dedicated server, the entirety of the machine's bandwidth and capabilities are used by your account only. That means that if you have a large website that is very busy and receives a lot of hits, it won't suffer due to sharing its bandwidth with the hosting company's other clients. Your website will be able to make the most of being stored on its very own, very reliable server and will receive less downtime, if any, if there is not a serious problem at any point.
Of course, the best person who can tell you whether or not your website would work best hosted on its own dedicated server is the hosting company itself. Do get in touch with hosts and ask for their advice - they will be able to help you choose. It may help to know that dedicated servers are known to give a larger return on investment over time than shared ones - after all, long term results is what you will be looking for!
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