When choosing between hosting a shared website or hosting your own, the fact is that all hosting providers are essentially bytesized. All you have to do is choose what you need and how much you need, and you can then scale up or down your costs depending on how much traffic you get. The question is, how do you decide what you need and how much you need? I recommend taking a few moments to think about this for a minute.
By taking a moment to think about it, you’ll find that you can make some really good decisions. For example, if you don’t need a lot of bandwidth, you can use a shared hosting provider. If you want more bandwidth, you can use a dedicated hosting provider. If you have a specific need, you can go with the dedicated hosting provider if you want. This is especially true if you have a website that gets a lot of users, like mine does.
Shared hosting is just the same as dedicated hosting but you have a single server that runs all the pages for you. When you go to a shared hosting provider, you can use a single account for all of your websites. They will have a lot of bandwidth and will generally have the infrastructure to handle the load. Dedicated hosting providers like ours will likely have a better bandwidth rate because we do not have a single account for all of our websites.
The problem with shared hosting is that your site is pretty much reliant on that one server running. So if that server goes down, your website goes down too. I’ve personally used shared hosting for over a decade but it’s a lot easier to keep your sites up and running if you go with dedicated hosting.
I’m going to say something I don’t usually hear said: Shared hosting can be a lot of work. That’s why I prefer to go with dedicated hosting.
The only reason I think you would ever need dedicated hosting is if you have a lot of websites you would like to host. If you have a lot of websites you will need to buy a dedicated server to host them. Dedicated servers are far better than shared hosting because they are far more powerful. A dedicated server can also be more reliable and have a better uptime.
If you don’t want to pay for dedicated hosting, you can go with a shared hosting account. Shared hosting is good for hosting websites that you don’t plan on using regularly and for websites you don’t care about to be hosting on a shared hosting account.
If you have lots of websites you will need to pay for dedicated hosting. Host.com is a good website you can use to compare shared and dedicated hosting. You can also use your own server. A shared hosting account is a good option but if you do not have a lot of websites you can go with a dedicated server account.
Dedicated servers are not cheap. Even if you only use them for shared hosting you will need to pay for them, and if you are an affiliate, you will need to pay a lot more.
I guess it comes down to the number of people you can host your website for? If you have a lot of websites then it is probably the right move to set up dedicated servers for each of them. This makes it easier for you, and makes it possible for Google (and other search engines) to index your website so it will rank higher in search results. Plus you can do some awesome things with the added benefit of having a dedicated server on your hosting account.