With many types of web hosting available in the market, it is confusing to choose the suitable ones for your company. Read on to find out the main differences between shared and dedicated hosting so you know the best type of hosting that caters to your business needs effectively.

Shared hosting AKA living in a condominium

To put in layman’s terms, shared hosting is like living in a condominium where facilities such as car park, swimming pool and gym are shared among your neighbours. However, you may not be able to enjoy such facilities at your own pleasure especially during peak periods where parents will take their kids out for an evening swim, or your active neighbours decide to work doubly hard in the gym to prepare themselves for the next feast.

Relating such scenarios back to shared hosting, your websites and emails are hosted in a shared environment where you and other companies are sharing the same resources. Sometimes your websites and emails are not performing at their peak due to the limited amount of bandwidth and disk space. The common problem faced by shared hosting users is the slow performance of websites and emails.

Dedicated hosting AKA living in a bungalow

Living in a bungalow with all the said facilities housed in your private space means you can enjoy anytime without compromising or sharing with your neighbours.

This analogy applies to dedicated hosting as the web hosting space is solely dedicated for your websites, emails and software applications, with no compromise on the performance.

How to choose between shared hosting and dedicated hosting?

If your company is expanding its operations, it is highly recommended that you subscribe to a dedicated hosting plan based on the following guidelines:

1) Do you intend to upgrade your website to an eCommerce website?

An eCommerce website requires more bandwidth and disk space than a normal website because it has a cart function that facilitates online shopping and the web traffic is higher. A dedicated hosting environment ensures your eCommerce website can accommodate more web visitors and web information without compromising the loading speed.

2) Are you planning to use more software applications to cater to your business needs?

If you are purchasing more software applications for accounting and sales purposes, a dedicated hosting environment has more disk space for you to run heavy-duty applications smoothly.

3) Are you growing your headcount in the near future?

As your business grows, the number of staff may grow as well. Hence, a dedicated hosting plan is needed to accommodate more email communications.