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Shared, Virtual, Dedicated, What’s the difference?

Posted by Robert Appleton

As a business your priority is ensuring your website looks great, is always available and loads quickly. But there are so many options it is hard to know where to begin. This is our quick guide to your options:

Shared Hosting

This is the most common type of hosting for your website, with shared hosting you share the resources of the server between as many other websites hosted on the same server. Many times this is beneficial as you will get access to far more resources than you would get for the same budget on a virtual or dedicated server. However, if you are on a server with several accounts using up a lot of the resources regularly you might find your website loads slower.

We recommend shared hosting for most of or business clients, it offers the best value and flexible resources as and when your website needs them.

Virtual Private Service

This type of hosting offers you exclusive use of a fixed amount of resources. These resources are part of a larger server. Your website will be able to use the resources available to their maximum, and a virtual private server can be easily scaled up as you require more resources as your needs grow. Virtual private servers usually offer more redundancy than a dedicated server, however other Virtual Servers do exist on the same physical server which can result in occasional down time due to no fault of your own.

We recommend virtual private servers to our business clients who want control over their own resources. As the cost for resources can be far higher than dedicated servers we recommend this to clients requiring large disk space for corporate emails OR high visitor volume website.

Dedicated Servers

This type of hosting offers you exclusive use of the entire server, the server itself is a single physical server hosted in a rack. Your website will be able to use the resources available to their maximum, however unlike a Virtual Private Server, to increase your resources physical parts are required to be installed in the server. On a dedicated server you are the only one using it, which limits the risks of other accounts causing downtime but usually offer less redundancy the server might crash and require a reboot.

We recommend dedicated servers to our business clients who need the full and exclusive use of the resources. Usually these are ecommerce websites, with large volumes of products and multiple hourly processes (updating stock, prices, external feeds etc). Usually these clients have multiple websites and all can be hosted on the same dedicated server.

Still not sure which is right for you? Speak to our team and we can review your requirements and recommend the right solution.

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