Now that you’ve read all about shared hosting in part one of this series, we’ll jump into the next option: dedicated hosting.
In dedicated hosting, you have a server that is all your own. Only your website runs on it so you aren’t impacted by what others do. But while price is really the only good aspect of shared hosting, it is really one of the few downfalls of dedicated hosting. The costs for dedicated hosting can be much higher than shared because now you are carrying the burden of paying for the hardware, software and maintenance (all included in the pricing plan you agree to).
But the upside is that you are free to use as much bandwidth as you pay for. Also the performance of your website is entirely up to you and how well you design it. If you have a high traffic site, or mission critical web applications for your business, then dedicated hosting may be worth the additional costs.
There is one other downside to dedicated hosting: location. When your website resides on a dedicated server, visitors must access it at that single location. So if your website is hosted on a server in London and you have a visitor from Hong Kong, they will have a much slower load time than someone in Cambridge. This is just the nature of the Internet and the time it takes to travel along the network from one location to another. So if you need to make sure your website and content are accessible from anywhere in the world in a reasonable amount of time, you might want to consider CDN hosting.
You can read about what a CDN is, how it works, and why you might want to use one in our next post in this three part series.