When to Use a Shared or Dedicated Hosting Server

The foundation of most online businesses is what type of server they use. Start-ups can’t afford to fail, ever, so a reliable hosting service is important. However, what tends to confuse even the more experienced tech professionals, is when to use shared hosting over dedicated hosting. An often-inaccurate stereotype is that shared hosting is less reliable than a dedicated or private hosting platform. However, this isn’t entirely true and often misleads business owners to stray away from shared hosting like the plague, while in reality, it has a plethora of benefits.

Not all shared hosting platforms are bad.

The metaphor of looking at a shared hosting platform as a “family-computer,” if you are old enough to remember those days, is a bit of a stretch. Another often incorrect stereotype of a shared hosting platform is that they are for small companies. This isn’t true. A better and up-to-date comparison of a shared hosting platform is an apartment. It often comes with all the amenities that you need to have a functional website. For example, a steady foundation, a set number of rules that you can/can’t do on it and, other functions based on what you buy. You can see a shared hosting platform for those with a website that doesn’t require much “back-end” customizability. This can limit websites or businesses that create software or need to manipulate a plethora of customer data. While some shared hosting platforms do give you this option, it’s often limited. Likewise, to an apartment, if you’d like something less limiting, you will have to surrender one luxury for another while in a dedicated server these limits don’t exist. This also coincides with performance placing most of the responsibility on the company.  In shared hosting, if your server is down, there is nothing or little you can do about it.

When to choose shared hosting over dedicated hosting:

  • If your website is an eCommerce store.
  • Performance is not a big issue for you.
  • You do not need to maintain customers’ information.
  • Your company is small-to-medium sized.
  • It is less expensive.

Why use dedicated server hosting?

If shared hosting is an apartment, dedicated hosting is a house. Unlike shared hosting where one server hosts many different websites, dedicated servers host just one. Unlike shared hosting where the server limits what you can and can’t do with your customers’ data because of the risk of affecting other websites on the server, dedicated servers allow you to do just about anything. This is perfect for SAAS companies and start-ups that rely on customer’s data. It’s a more secure and scalable solution for said companies. However, the biggest drawback is that it is more expensive. Likewise, to that of a house, the expense is dependent on what you would like to do with your server and how many functions it will have. While yes, it’s more secure, it comes at a greater cost.

When to choose a dedicated server over shared hosting:

  • If you like more security.
  • If there is a greater emphasis on website performance.
  • If you would like to be more “in control” of your customer’s data.
  • If you want more control over your company’s server.

Choosing between a dedicated server and a shared hosting server shouldn’t be as complicated as people make it out to be. It’s quite a simple choice. If you know what functions you need for your website, then the selection should be easy to make. These two forms of servers are used on all websites throughout the world at an almost even ratio. The two forms of servers are nothing more than a tool; however, your website and the tool you choose can make or break your company.