Simply put, dedicated Hosting is when your website occupies its own server, independent from other websites and users. Shared Hosting, on the other hand, opens your server up to other sites and creates a community server.
Many businesses, when faced with this question, are unsure of what to do. Often times, newer businesses without a huge revenue flow go with the cheaper option of shared Hosting. But there are actually a few huge risks with shared Hosting that just might make a dedicated server worth your time and money. Here are three of the biggest issues with shared Hosting.
1. Your website is subject to the server's unpredictability.
One of the most dangerous parts of jumping into a shared server is giving up your website's autonomy. When you join a shared server, you hand over the reins to your site and put them into the server's hands. If the server happens to crash, your website will go down with it, even if you did nothing wrong. Likewise, if the server is running slow for one of a million reasons, your website will be just as sluggish.
When you have a dedicated server for your site, you have much more control over your fate. If it crashes, you have proprietary access to the system and you can get it back up and running. You can also take up-front measures to make it fast and reliable. When you share a server, on the other hand, these things are almost always out of your control.
2. Issues from other sites can shut down your system.
In addition to the server's own problems, you need to watch out for the issues that the other sites on your server come across. It's quite common for people to make mistakes, even more than machines, and the mistakes of your server partners could jeopardize your own website.
If someone on the other end of your server does something to overload the system, break their website, or drastically slow down loading time, your website will feel the effects. In the best case scenario, this just slows your site down a bit until the server is back up and running. In the worst case scenario, the other person's mistake of overloading the server could shut your website down for who knows how long.
3. You can't control planned updates.
When your website is the only thing directly attached to your server, it's easy to choose convenient, non-intrusive times to do mandatory software updates. But when you share this server with other sites, you lose your control over when these updates will happen.
As a result, this pendulum could swing one of two ways. On the one hand, the owner of your server could arbitrarily choose a time to update the software and your website would be down without your knowledge. On the other hand, your server could keep putting off updates to the system and you would never know. While this would prevent the occasional site shutdown, its long-term effects to your site's speed and image would be devastating.
All in all, while shared servers might seem like a cheap, convenient option, there are actually tons of hidden risks involved with losing control over your own server. However, for some companies that lack the money or the technical support to create their own server, shared Hosting could be a great option. It all depends on the situation; just make sure you remember to consider these three risks.
If you are starting a business and you aren't sure which type of server is best for you, contact us at Delmarva Group. We will be happy to help.