Shared or Dedicated IP/Hosting

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What is the difference between shared and dedicated hosting? What does
shared IP stands for? Is shared hosting and IP one and the same thing?

I am a small business which option is best for me?

Re: Shared or Dedicated IP/Hosting

__/ [Rob] on Thursday 09 February 2006 13:36 \__

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Shared = many Web sites on one box or a network of boxes

Dedicated = one or more boxed /dedicated/ to a single site

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Shared Internet Protocol address. It means that several sites potentially
share the same address, so request for pages is routed to the appropriate
filestore (/webspace) based on the domain name specified. If the visitor's
DNS server is down, this may lead to your site being inaccessible, I

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Not necessarily, but usually yes.

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How much traffic do you expect? How improtant is the uptime -- or conversely
-- what would be the monetary damage of a long downtime? Also consider
prospective site growth.


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Re: Shared or Dedicated IP/Hosting

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Roy posted several good questions, without knowing your bussines it is  
hard to answer precisely.

But most probably you should go for shared hosting/IP model - most of the  
web sites work this way these days.

Later you can go dedicated any moment, but this will be substantially more  


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There is a third option, generally somewhere between Shared and Dedicated
in cost, and features ...

Virtual Private Server (VPS) ... with this, you get all of the benefits
of a dedicated server as far as software and control is concerned, but
since there are generally several VPSs per *physical server*, you get
the savings of a shared server.  With a VPS, you generally get full
root access to manage your processes, install / configure software.

The big disadvantage with a Shared configuration is that you are *usually*
restricted to the "box/ software" that they want you to fit into, and the
versions, whereas with a VPS or Dedicated server, you are generally given
alot more latitude in what you can do.

In our case, we have clients that run everything from Jakarta-Tomcat 4 thru
to the newest, OpenACS 3.x thru to the newest, MySQL 4.0 and up, PostgreSQL
7.2 and up, etc ...

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