Web Hosting Flavors: The Famous 4 - Dedicated Hosting
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What is it?: A complete contrast from virtual/shared hosting, this hosting dedicates a server and all its resources for hosting the sites of choice by the customer. Though this type of service offers complete control over the the system and its resources, it usually requires the customer to undertake the administration on their own. The alternative to this is "Managed" dedicated hosting, wherein the provider "manages" the dedicated server on behalf of the customer.
Pros: Complete flexibility with respect to configuring the dedicated server. Dedicated resources and fewer sites implies low load on the server and hence fast loading sites.
Cons: "$$$." It is all about cost. Dedicated packages usually cost more than shared hosting because the entire resources on the server are dedicated to one client. Unlike shared hosting, with dedicated hosting the customers are pretty much on their own with respect to system administration unless a "managed" service is purchased from the provider.
For Whom?: Good choice for hosting high traffic and high profile eCommerce sites. Also a good choice for clients looking to install third party applications since this package provides complete control over the server.
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