The Main Differences Between Two Types Of Servers - Dedicated and Shared Servers
Article by Jayden Jones
Dedicated and Shared Servers are 2 of the most widely used servers for web hosting purposes. With dedicated server hosting, the web-users would locate every file and data that he owns on the server, utilizing all the resources on the server. Dedicated server is suitable for the case of companies with huge websites, which are loaded with hundreds of pages and links, pictures and images, require for a faster load time for each of their web page because of the huge number of visitors anticipated to be accessing their website with thousands of them trying to load a particular web page all at the same time. Dedicated server hosting provide the exclusive right to the one and only website residing and utilizing its dedicated server. For any companies with a smaller websites and limited number of visitors, choosing for a shared server would be a better choice because the cost of a shared hosting server is at least 20% to 40% lower than a dedicated hosting server, which would help to save up some significant amount of money for some other stuffs whilst at the same time, they are good and comfortable with the shared hosting server which is shared between many other websites on the same server utilizing the same bucket of resources.The key differences between these 2 types of hosting servers are:
1. The number of websites each of them are supporting today - with dedicated server being designed and allotted for one single website, whereas for the case of shared server hosting, the same server can be shared across multiple users, not limited to one or two web-users only.
2. The web-users will be given a dedicated IP address if they are on a dedicated hosting server; however in the case of shared hosting server, it is not by default that every web-user will be given a dedicated IP address to begin with. It is common to have web-users on a shared hosting server to share the same IP address with some other websites sharing the same server. There is a risk of sharing the same IP address among multiple computers and websites especially if there are any decent websites which are black-listed by the search engines. Therefore, if the Search Engine bans any specific website which is sharing the same IP address as you are, then your website will be banned as well
3. The cost of the hosting services with shared server is definitely cheaper than being on a dedicated server. The reason why it is cheaper for shared server hosting is because the cost of the server will be shared among all of the web-users on the shared server itself; while for the case of dedicated, the cost is way higher and a lot more expensive because the exclusive user will have to bear the entire server cost for the case of dedicated server hosting.
4. In a shared server hosting environment, the server management with restoring of data backup, security controls and all the necessary hardware such as routers, firewalls, computers, etc will be managed by the shared hosting service provider. One can surely leave all these administrative management stuffs behind as these will be taken care of by the web hosting provider. Unlike the shared server environment, anyone on the dedicated server environment, will be responsible for the machines ( hardware ) as well as all the software applications and tools required to run the necessary tasks for the dedicated server itself. The service provider will only be taking care of the data backup and the performance of the server in this case.
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