Dedicated Servers Vs. Shared Servers: What’s The Difference?

If you’ve heard of dedicated servers but you’re not quite sure what they are then sit back and relax for the quick down and dirty. There are essentially two primary types of web hosting (aside from the cluster server and cloud computing concepts we discussed yesterday and the day before). There’s shared hosting and there’s dedicated hosting.

Even when you get into systems like colocation and managed hosting, you’re still either dealing with dedicated servers or shared servers. You either share your server with others or you don’t. Simple, right?

Well, when we say “dedicated server” that’s what we’re talking about. Sharing. Shared hosting means you share your server space; dedicated hosting means you don’t. And unlike what you were taught in kindergarten about sharing, it’s not always the best thing to do. You don’t share your spouse, do you?

Sorry for going there, but jokes aside, your business is important enough to protect from hackers, spammers, and other ne’er-do-wells, isn’t it? Because when you share server space with people engaged in bad tactics that could get them (and you) banned from the search engines you are taking a big risk with your business. That’s why dedicated servers are so important. It’s a security consideration that every web business owner must consider.