If you are in the market for website hosting, you need to know the differences between shared and dedicated hosting.

When it comes to making the all-important choice of what web hosting method to use, the choices come down to shared hosting and dedicated hosting. There are so many arguments arguing for both shared hosting and dedicated hosting. Perhaps it is time to shed a little light on this web hosting dilemma.

First of all, let’s deal with the all-important question of server access. Needless to say, if you choose to use shared web hosting you will be sharing space with other businesses. Now, you probably tell your kids it is good to share, but that is not always true in the world of web hosting.

In the world of web hosting shared is synonymous with limited access. A limited access approach to web hosting means that your access is limited through a control panel that is provided by the hosting provider. And if the web hosting provider is in charge of the control panel then they are in control of your access. A lack of control to your web hosting means a lack of control for every part of your web hosting needs.

On the other hand, a dedicated hosting server gives you complete and total access. Now doesn’t that sound a lot better? Full access in the form of dedicated hosting means that you get the final say in all web hosting decisions. Your hosting is on a dedicated machine, which only you use. Dedicated hosting gives you access to the remote desktop manager, which allows you to have access to the machines desktop.

Next we look at web hosting from the perspective of exclusive use.

Getting back to the concept of shared web hosting, the question needs to be asked, how much do you like to share? With shared hosting you are sharing a server with roughly 500-1000 other websites. Wow, that’s a lot of neighbours in your cyber neighbourhood. With these many other websites clamouring for web hosting you may not always have access to all the server’s resources. Other websites may be taking up more web hosting resources than you are.

A dedicated hosting service however, gives you exclusive access to all the resources the dedicated hosting server has to offer. Your information alone is responsible for the performance of the server.

Finally lets deal with scalability in regards to the issue of web hosting. Most shared web hosting services do not allow you to install your own applications on the web hosting service. They have a set configuration and they do not go outside the box, thereby limiting your growth. A dedicated hosting service gives you complete control. Again, more control means a more effective web hosting service.

So all in all, it would seem that dedicated hosting is a far more viable option for most businesses web hosting needs. Dedicated hosting gives you more control and, in the world of web hosting, it’s all about control.

That said, if you’re a small or local business, a shared hosting account may be more than sufficient to your needs, and will be a much more cost effective solution.

The question at the end of the day is, is performance or cost your priority.

Here at Gamma lane Media, our preferred hosting service is Siteground, who we have found to be incredibly reliable, and provide outstanding support should anything go wrong, as it inevitably does in the world of websites.