When you visit a web hosting shop, you will find that it offers various types of web hosting plans. Most web hosting companies will offer shared hosting and dedicated hosting plans. You will notice that a shared hosting plan is significantly cheaper than a dedicated hosting plan.
The server used for shared hosting will be supervised by a group of professionals from the web hosting company. Therefore, you don’t need to possess any knowledge about server administration in order to use a shared hosting. The downside is that it has low security level since the server will be used to host a lot of websites. If one website gets hacked, there is a high chance that your website can also be hacked. You can easily manage your website through the control panel. If you are looking for a hosting plan for a small website and you are on a budget, shared hosting will be suitable for you. Many shared hosting plans offer unlimited disk spaces and bandwidth so that the resources limit assigned to each webmaster is higher. If you want to find out what is the limit of the resources on the shared hosting services, you must refer to the terms and conditions. You can also ask the customer service representative about it through online chat, telephone or email.
Dedicated hosting offers a lot of disk spaces and bandwidth so it can accommodate a large number of websites. It will give you administrative access to the server, which gives you the permission to install whatever program or applications you want. In a Linux dedicated hosting plan, the webmaster will have root access through SSH. If you want to choose a Linux dedicated hosting plan, you must make sure that you are familiar in carrying out SSH commands. With root access to the server, you will be able to monitor the usage of the resources on the server. By monitoring the resources usage on the server, you will be able to detect possible issues that may disrupt the performance of your website.
If you choose a Windows dedicated hosting plan, you will have administrator access to the dedicated server so that you can manage it through a remote desktop. This means that you must have Windows installed on your desktop before you can access the Windows dedicated server via Windows GUI.
Dedicated hosting server offers safe storage for your files. You are the only person that has access to the server so there is a very low chance that a hacker can install virus or script on your website. Dedicated servers have higher processor power so your web pages will load at an optimal speed.