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What kind of hosting do I need : Dedicated, Shared, or Virtual

When you want to make a website and want to live, you need to plan two things: a domain name (the address of your site) and hosting (the server that will make it run).Then comes the very common question: what kind of hosting is right for me?

How to choose a server for its website or for its web project

What are the differences between a dedicated server, a shared server and a virtual server ?

We will answer these questions so that you can choose what type of server you need for your web project, be it a website or a software application.

(*) Performance : By performance we mean the power of the machine to respond quickly to operations. A machine having 0.1 seconds more on another is for us much faster.

Dedicated Hosting

“Dedicated Hosting” means you are alone on your own server.

– more freedom, high traffic site

– its for you if you have a lot of content or products

– advised if you have very complex functionalities and have multiple sites

– more complex management: requires server administration skills

– more expensive

Why choose a dedicated server for your web project?

A dedicated server has many benefits to create a new project online, you are totally free on how to manage your server, you install what you want, the performance is greater than a VPS (virtual server) because the architecture is not virtualized.

Advantages

  • Dedicated is the fastest server.
  • You have the choice on the system to install, the software, their configuration …

Disadvantages

  • Nobody has prepared anything upstream for you.
  • You must secure your installation yourself.
  • System Administrator is a profession, it will be time consuming because you will spend a lot of time.

Example of applications to deploy to a dedicated server

  • A commercial management or connects several 100 users simultaneously.
  • A server needing to run virtual OSs.
  • A hyper-efficient replication database.
  • An application that requires fast I / O disk write (provide SSD)
  • A big application that needs robustness.

> The dedicated server at home?

You may have had the good idea to host your server directly at home ! It is a good idea to learn computer and network (DNS configuration, fixed IP address of the router, routing PAT / NAT, system administration …). If your goal is to learn, go for it. If it’s for production, go your way.

  • A computer running H24 home is very greedy electricity.
  • The performances will be very low at the level of the network …

Why choose a virtual server (VPS) for your web project?

The VPS is similar to the dedicated server as such, because you will have the same freedom in the system (a virtual server is simply a virtualized system on a dedicated server, the advantage is to have multiple systems on the same server).

Advantages

  • You have the choice on the system to install, the software, their configuration …
  • Much cheaper than the dedicated one.
  • Performance is not necessarily a criterion for your web application.

disadvantages

  • Nobody has prepared anything upstream for you.
  • You must secure your installation yourself.
  • System Administrator is a profession, it will be time consuming because you will spend a lot of time.
  • Less performance than the dedicated server.
  • Reduced network / disk performance because you are multiple on the same server (compared to a dedicated one)

Example of applications to deploy to a virtual server

  • Several websites / web apps.
  • Web applications that do not require a lot of performance (a WebService, a JS / PHP website …)

Shared Hosting

“Shared Hosting” means that your site is placed on a server with other sites. The hardware and software resources are therefore shared between these different sites. Share hosting servers means least expensive solution, low customization, best for low to moderate traffic and best part is its easy to manage.

Why choose a shared server (hosting) for its web project?

The shared server is the most common form of hosting on the internet . Most accommodations give less room for maneuver than a private server (virtual or dedicated) but not always.

Advantages

  • Cheaper than dedicated / virtual servers.
  • Much less technical knowledge to have
  • Easier management.

disadvantages

  • More restricted, we do not always have everything we need.
  • Reduced network / disk performance because you are multiple on the same server (compared to a dedicated one)
  • Technical limitations imposed by the host (as a single database, a single subdomain …).
  • Same IP address, the host must be regulated.

Example of applications to deploy to a virtual server

  • An Internet site
  • A web application (WebService …)
  • A Javascript application, Pearl, Python …

Conclusion, how to choose a server for its website or web application?

We have tried to give you the advantages / disadvantages of each of the available solutions and even examples to help you choose the best server for your web project (website, web application …) .

Some solutions need to be chosen on a case by case basis by asking for help from a professional, you can also leave your questions in comments.

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