Shared vs Virtual Hosting

A successful web site depends on a good Web host, but it’s just as important to select the right kind of hosting account depending on the level of service and responsiveness your business needs.  All hosting is NOT created equal.  Is your business willing to share space on a server with other sites or do you need a server of your own? Know the answer before you start shopping.

Shared hosting is Web hosting in which the service provider serves pages for multiple Web sites, each having its own Internet domain name, from a single Web server. A good analogy for a shared host is an apartment building.  Everyone has their own space in an apartment building but there is usually a lot of noise and traffic.  Apartment living (shared hosting) tends to cost less such but is slower and ore crowded.

Virtual hosting is a method for hosting multiple domain names (with separate handling of each name) on a single server (or pool of servers). This allows one server to share its resources, such as memory and processor cycles, without requiring all services provided to use the same host name. The analogy for this type of hosting is no longer a busy apartment building but a single family dwelling.  It may cost more but their will be less noise and less traffic.

A static site or marginally static may not need as much updating thus the increased traffic on a shared host may be fine.  If your company runs multiple databases the virtual host may be a better choice since slowing down will be detrimental to both the user and the search.  Think carefully about your choice between “apartment living” and “single family home” living.