Although the shared server itself will be very high spec withs lots of memory, all of the sites share the same server resources.
The advantages of shared hosting are purely based on cost. You will have seen hosting advertisements from £5 a month or less. If you had a fairly small site with very low traffic, then then this may be a good option for you.
However, there is a downside to shared hosting. Often hosting companies will go for a stack it high and sell it cheap approach to this type of solution. This means that your site could be on a server with potentially thousands of other client’s websites.
Although the shared server itself will be very high spec with lots of memory and ram, all of the sites share the same server resources. This means if one website is dominating the amount of resources on the server, then all the other websites on the same server will be affected, meaning that you could see your site slow down at unexpected times. Also, there is a lack of control in terms of managing the hosting, for example if you needed a particular module or piece of software for your site to work that wasn’t installed on the shared server, it’s unlikely that your host will be able to install this for you on the shared server.
Although VPS hosting splits up the physical server into VM’s, web hosting companies can over allocate resources meaning that although you have paid for a package with a specific amount of memory and disk, you may never get close to needing all of those resources.
It’s important to look for a good web host which guarantees your servers allocation and ring-fences this from other clients. Although VPS hosting splits up the physical server into VM’s, web hosting companies can over allocate resources meaning that although you have paid for a package with a specific amount of ram and disk, this can in fact be shared to other clients as well.
For example, you may have seen packages advertised with “unlimited” disk space. Whilst on the surface this sounds like a great deal, the server will in fact have a finite amount of disk and the hosting company are just banking on other clients not using up all the disk on the server in order to make it look like you have more than you actually do.
Properly segregated resources will give you piece of mind that one client’s activity cannot affect another client due to them only having access to their specific allocation of the server’s resource.
This type of hosting makes up the majority of packages that we offer here at Nimbus Hosting.
Dedicated hosting typically means having your own physical server that is solely for your own use and not shared with any other clients. This gives you the full power of a physical server, 100% of the time.
It’s important to make sure the hardware your hosting company is using is of good quality and reliable. If you see a dedicated server plan where the costs appear to be too good to be true, then as with all things it probably is. When looking for a dedicated server you want to make sure the hardware is modern and from a well known manufacturer such as Dell or HP. A good host should be transparent with what hardware they are using otherwise this might indicate they are hiding something.
Dedicated server solutions can be better suited to sites expecting large traffic or growth. With so much power from a managed dedicated server, you can handle any amount of multimedia traffic, with a better and more reliable performance than any other hosting plan.
It also gives you the ability to add a virtualisation layer to split the server up into several virtual servers or virtual machines as and when you need them to manage the needs of your agency. Resources can be adjusted as and when required giving you the ultimate flexibility with your hosting.
At Nimbus Hosting, you can create your own cloud servers with your own specifications on your dedicated server, from a mixture of Linux, Windows and STORM cloud servers with fully managed hardware, virtualisation and cloud servers with expandable hardware.