Dedicated vs. Shared Website Hosting: What’s the Difference?
Dedicated Web Hosting
Dedicated website hosting means one company controls an entire server. In our case, we rent dedicated servers from our trusted hosting provider and manage everything ourselves. We decide which websites are hosted on the servers, the software updates and security patches to install, and the timetable in which we do so. Our clients are not at the mercy of a hosting provider who randomly assigns their website to a server; we look at metrics such as potential traffic, database usage, and security requirements before we place a website on one of our dedicated servers, and place the website on the server that will best meet the sites’ needs.
Shared Web Hosting
Shared web hosting is a choice for many small blogs or people with limited budgets. The cost of shared hosting is much less than the cost of managed web hosting because hosting providers cram as many websites onto each server as they possibly can, in order to maximize their bottom line.
Shared Hosting Issues
There are several potential issues to consider when choosing shared web hosting:
- Security: Your website can reside on a server with hundreds of random websites that you have absolutely no control over. One insecure website on your shared server can affect your website in negative ways, including poor performance or hacking, which can negatively affect your search engine optimization.
- Performance: Web servers have a limited set of resources; the more websites that are hosted on a server, the fewer dedicated resources each website has. As more and more websites are crammed on a shared server, it is likely your website will load slower, which can also affect SEO by causing lower rankings.
- Updates: Shared web servers are sometimes slow to be updated, which in turn can lead to potential security issues. With many websites on a single server, hosting companies sometimes provide an extended period for websites to become compatible with a new version of software before updating the server, so as not to adversely affect dozens of their hosting customers with an update that might break some websites.
Fully Managed Servers
At Ten9 IT Services, we understand that a fast, secure website is of utmost importance to our customers and we strive to meet this demand with our fully-managed website hosting service. We know what it takes to securely host your web application, whether it’s a small static site or enterprise-level app. We maintain updates, perform security checks, increase performance, and ensure your website is online with a 99.999% uptime SLA, so our hosted customers can stop worrying about their website being online and start focusing on running their business.
We provide virtual dedicated servers secured with firewalls, virus and malware scanning, strong password requirements and encrypted access.
We maintain regular backups of files, databases and email for every hosting account, including WordPress sites.
Our servers are configured for speed, including the use of page-level caching mechanisms, CDN, image optimization and compression.
We constantly monitor all accounts for security updates, evidence of malicious code/hacks, DDoS attacks, increased traffic and low performance.
Our servers have the necessary memory, disk space, and bandwidth to handle the busiest of websites. With easily scalable resources, we handle peak traffic with ease.
With a centrally located datacenter, our servers are primed to deliver content quickly and efficiently across the country. Utilize our CDN to add increased performance.