Choosing Web Hosting:
When choosing a host for your website, be sure you understand everything included in your package. For example, be aware of the details about your available disk space, bandwidth, CPU usage, and any other additional features.
Be ware of web hosts that offer unlimited bandwidth or other unlimited resources. There is no such thing as truly unlimited, and you might find yourself actually bound to a package filled to the brim with fine print and restrictions.
Should you be starting your own website or service, it is worthwhile to start off with grid or shared hosting instead of a virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated server hosting. This offers you more flexibility, because you won’t know at first how many visitors to expect.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both shared hosting and dedicated server hosting. Which one is better for you depends on your business and goals. Shared hosting is when multiple websites share the resources of one server. These resources include total space available, memory, processor speed and bandwidth. Dedicated server hosting is when you are the sole owner of the server. It offers you freedom and flexibility, but at a price-dedicated server hosting is far more expensive than shared hosting.
- Choose a web hosting package that suits your needs.
- Decide whether shared hosting or dedicated server hosting is better for you.
Shared hosting can be had for anywhere between $3 and $20 per month, making it much cheaper than dedicated server hosting. If you are just starting out and aren’t expecting heavy traffic to your site, the low price might be all you need to pay. However, there are certain disadvantages.
IP sharing can turn sour in a hurry if another site on your server is blacklisted for an unethical activity, such as spam or generating illegal script. If one site on your server is blacklisted, the rest of the sites on your server will be, too. This can result in your site being banned by search engines. How these cases are handled varies by web hosting provider. Typically, all rule-breaking sites will wind up suspended, while all responsible sites are spared. But this may not happen overnight.
Should one of the sites on your server receive heavy traffic, it will consume more than its fair share of bandwidth and result in slow response times for your website. Servers respond to requested files in a queue, and a visitor to your site may wind up at the end of a queue. If they experience a slow response time, they may have difficulty accessing your site and leave it altogether.
- Shared hosting is cheaper, but your business can be negatively impacted by the other sites that share your server.
Dedicated Server Hosting
Dedicated server hosting is intended mainly for large website such as portals, search engines, content providers or forums. It typically requires more technical skills and monitoring. But it can be worthwhile in many cases.
Having all the available bandwidth of a server dedicated to your site means that visitors can upload or download materials without experiencing delays. And, though this may be obvious, dedicated server hosting is more secure than shared hosting. Each dedicated server has its own firewall, and everything stored on the server is less vulnerable to hackers and malicious codes.
Increased performance and loading times are another benefit. Requested files will load much faster because yours will be the only site in the queue. Fast loading times make for happy visitors.
- Dedicated server hosting is more expensive and intended for larger websites, but offers more security and faster speeds.