Normally, hosting solutions that are usually seen advertised, unless explicitly stated, is shared hosting – not dedicated sever hosting. Shared hosting means that your server is simultaneously hosting many other sites at the same time, on the same server.
While shared hosting provides the benefit of lower hosting costs in exchange for some technical constraints, such as less bandwidth, disk space, and upload / download speeds; security, privacy, and the ability to have complete control is limited. Dedicated server hosting offers an alternative.
Dedicated Hosting Benefits
If total control of the administration, hardware, and software of a website is needed, then dedicated hosting is necessary. Also, dedicated hosting may be needed if the website is large, quickly growing, or may soon need its own internet connection and server. For more information, read Benefits of Dedicated Servers.
Dedicated Hosting Disadvantages
With dedicated server hosting, there are two main disadvantages: price and responsibility. With an un-managed dedicated server solution, nearly every aspect of hosting is the responsibility of the webmaster. With a managed solution, less responsibility and knowledge of the hosting environment is required, but the price will be greater. However, both options will require a larger investment than the shared hosting alternative. For more information on the disadvantages of dedicated hosting, read Dedicated Hosting Disadvantages.
When to Switch to Dedicated Hosting
There are three points that can indicate whether moving to a dedicated hosting solution would be a good choice.
Internet surfers demand speed and quick response times, so in order to keep them on the site, the site needs to load quickly. If a large amount of traffic is overloading a shared server, and therefore diminishing a visitor’s experience, then it could be time to find a less encumbered shared hosting solution. However, if several shared hosting providers showed no improvements, it may be time to consider a dedicated sever.
It’s inevitable for problems to arise. If a webmaster doesn’t have unlimited access to the operating system, then there isn’t much that can be done until the service provider solves the issue. For fast growing sites, this may potentially cause large problems. With managed or un-managed dedicated hosting, these types of issues can be solve quickly. In addition, it is less likely for problems to manifest, as compared with shared hosting.
Sometimes with fast growing or large sites, things may need to be changed or customized. This includes the ability to tweak disk s pace, bandwidth, or to try using different applications.
Mostly, the size and rate of growth of the site will indicate if a shared or a dedicated hosting solution is needed. However, if the site is small enough to smoothly work on a shared server, then a move to a dedicated server is not necessary.