The most common type of hosting used by websites
on the Internet today
Very cost effective,
In most cases, offers all of your website's needs in
terms of space, bandwidth, emails, etc.
Why? Because you are sharing the hosting with a lot
of other websites on a single, powerful server.
Shared Hosting - advantages
Low cost (average price is 5-8$ per month per website).
You can use your own domain name
You get a lot of software: database, CGI, etc. Most of
them will run automatically.
If you run a small business and don't expect more than
1000 visitors to your website per day, then shared
hosting is for you.
You don't really need any technical knowledge.
Shared Hosting - disadvantages
The bandwidth is limited - if your site becomes very
popular you might find yourself running out of
The support is usually slower and less personal than
the dedicated option.
You are the only one using the server.
You are in total control of the server and what goes
on the server.
You decide whether to host 1 site or 100 websites.
Dedicated Hosting - advantages
Bandwidth is much much bigger.
You can tailor database, email and any other
software or application – to your needs.
Dedicated Hosting - disadvantages
Expensive – prices reach a few dozens to a few
hundred of dollars per month.
You need a lot of technical knowledge – and
especially knowledge in server and database
If you're making your first Internet venture, and your website
is still far from getting a lot of traffic - start with shared
hosting and your own domain.
Dedicated hosting is ideal for websites with high traffic and
large businesses who want complete control over the server so
they can fine tune their server for e-commerce, etc.
If your website is enjoying a lot of traffic or is critical to your
business (shopping, for instance) - then it is highly
recommended to use dedicated hosting.
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