The Limitations of Shared Web Hosting

Shared web hosting can be made to look very enticing: the low price, the number of free software applications, the range of ecommerce solutions, and the ease with which one can build a website with the templates and website builders offered make a nice package. But there are some good reasons to pass up shared web hosting and move on to either VPS/VDS (Virtual Private Server / Virtual Dedicated Server) hosting or dedicated hosting. Even if you’re pretty sure you want shared web hosting, it’s a good idea to find out about VPS hosting and dedicated hosting so you understand the possibilities and make the best choice for your situation.Limitations of Shared Web Hosting vs. VPS HostingWith shared hosting, your website space is on a server that many other customers share. This means that they share not only the disk space on your server, but also other server resources: memory and bandwidth, for example. Because you’re on the same server, you also share an IP address. if one of them send out a bunch of spam, mounts an application that causes problems for the server’s operating system, or hogs resources, your website and your interactions with your customers may suffer. Virtual Private Server hosting is a way to prevent all of these eventualities. With VPS hosting, you are provided with a partition of a server that effectively separates your site from other customers’ sites. In addition, you are assigned resources, not only of disk space, but also of bandwidth and memory. Because VPS hosting provides you with dedicated resources that make your website impervious to the choices of your neighbors on the server, it is sometimes called Virtual Dedicated Server Hosting.While shared hosting has so-called unlimited memory that is static, VPS may offer burstable memory that allow you to temporarily exceed your memory resources. You also may have access to other features that are not found with shared web hosting, such as custom firewalls and RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) or RAID 10, which will prevent your site from going down in the unlikely event that there is a hard disk failure.Limitations of Shared Web Hosting vs. Dedicated HostingWith actual dedicated hosting, you take a step past VPS into an even safer, more protected environment for your website, because with dedicated hosting, it resides on a server that is totally dedicated to you. With dedicated hosting also comes a dramatic increase in choices you can make about the server your site is hosted on, choices that are never available with shared hosting. These choices are likely to include hard drive and memory upgrades, the particular distribution you want to use if you choose Linux hosting, the hardware and processor speed.An additional choice that becomes available with dedicated hosting but is never possible with shared hosting is between managed and unmanaged hosting. With unmanaged hosting, you take on the responsibility for your server, which means that you or someone from your organization administers the server, troubleshooting problems, installing patches, doing software upgrades, etc.

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