Almost all businesses today require an online website to function properly. It is hard to imagine any volume business without one that can sustain itself today. While large scale corporations like Amazon have their own data centres and servers, it isn’t really something that the average website owner can have or even afford for that matter. And even if you do save or earn enough money to buy your own server rack, it is still a very big responsibility to maintain the hardware and pay for a hyper fast fibre connection that can keep the server running 24×7. That’s where cloud web hosting providers come into play. These are companies that specialise in providing users with bare metal servers which they can rent out for a reasonable fee and host their website.
Great then, let’s just rent a server.
Unfortunately, even then it isn’t a totally smooth sailing for a majority of the users. Based on your site earnings and performance, you may have limited income and affording a full-fledged dedicated cloud server maybe out of hands for many individuals. Fortunately though, there is an option to rent VPS or shared servers which are incredibly cost effective. But there are a lot of flipsides to hosting your website in shared servers, some of which are as follows:
- Security: First and foremost, you should always consider the fact that you may be sharing your critical data with a bad neighbour. Since the companies don’t disclose what type of client you are sharing the server with, you can be at a fatal security risk. Also shared servers are not PCI DSS compliant, which means that you cannot use credit card payment methods in your website. In a dedicated server of course, you are in control of your data and privacy.
- Traffic: As your website grows, you might find it increasingly difficult to accommodate on a shared server. Part of the problem here is that you are sharing web traffic through a single port with another user, who might also be using up a significant chunk of the available bandwidth. In a dedicated server, you share a single point of connection that is isolated from other people and hence you don’t have to compete for bandwidth.
- Scalability: One of the most critical limitations of a shared server is that you cannot expand the available storage or resources on the server. Expanding your available resources is something that every website owner has to adhere to at some point. This is unfortunately not the case with shared servers.
- IP address Allotment: The advantage of a dedicated server as compared to a shared server is that you can have multiple IP addresses for different ventures on the same website. Eg. You might run a seedbox along with your website, both having two different IP addresses. This isn’t possible with shared servers as there will be IP address conflicting with the other user.
By now you may have a good idea of why you dedicated servers are the way to go for your website. Staying on a shared server however is not all bad though as there is always the small matter of cost and probability that your shared partner may not be running resource intensive tasks. And that makes the shared box a very good bargain indeed. Just remember to consider your long term needs before opting for either if these.