What is Dedicated Hosting?

If you have ever looked at hosting terms you know that they can get

quite confusing sometimes! Many people misunderstand what

dedicated hosting is for example. This article will attempt to explain

what dedicated hosting is in a straight forward manner.

The best definition I could find for dedicated hosting is:

A type of internet hosting where a client leases a server which is

not shared by anyone else…

Obviously, your next question would be to know why you want to

choose dedicated hosting.

Basically, you have two main options shared or dedicated hosting.

With shared hosting you are as the name implies sharing space on

the server with other clients. If something happens to one client you

could experience the fallout from it. Someone could install a piece

of software that has an adverse reaction on other members on the

shared site. This could be done quite unintentionally but your website

could be blocked for a certain time period.

With dedicated hosting you are the only person on that particular

server. So you don’t have to worry about what other clients are

doing on their websites. In essence you are renting your own

personal space!

Using a dedicated server means that your site is more secure. The

other advantage to this type of hosting is that your website will load

more quickly. Unless of course you install software that slows your site

down, if this happens you will notice an increase in your bounce

rate. Which is why looking at your stats is important!

The main reason why most people opt for a dedicated hosting

service is because they want more control over their site. On a

shared site the hosting service has to put restrictions and limitations in

place. These limits are usually removed or higher on a dedicated


If you need to use PHP scripts and web applications then a

dedicated hosting account is the best way to go. On top of this you

have more flexibility of what you can do with your account. If you

suddenly start to get hundreds of thousands of visitors each day your

dedicated server can handle this increase in traffic. On a shared

account you may find yourself being shut down!

Another benefit is being able to customize your hosting package.

You can add certain items and delete others. Shared packages are

pretty standard and you may or may not have all the features you


You should now have a better understanding of what dedicated

hosting is and can determine if this is an option to take a closer look