How to Make a Dropship Website on WordPress
In a few short years, the web hosting market has changed. From the days of simply popping up a few HTML files to host your content, to complex multiday WordPress installations that can host an entire website, the ball is now in your court.
No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a web host for you. The question is: Should you go with a dedicated server or try out a web host that offers WordPress hosting? Let’s dive into the differences and consider each type of option in turn.
Dedicated Server vs. Shared Hosting
A dedicated server is a single server that you rent from a company, whereas a shared hosting account is a server that’s shared among many websites. With a dedicated server, you get the full use of the server’s resources (CPU and storage) whether you’re using them or not, whereas with a shared hosting account, you share the server’s resources with other websites, so you can’t really predict how much power or storage you’re going to have at any given time.
Dedicated servers are more expensive than shared hosting, but they provide you with many more advantages. For instance, you can install and configure any software you want on the server, as opposed to the shared hosting account, where you’re bound to the host’s software and cannot update it without permission (which you may or may not get). Or, you can install WordPress to host your very own website or blog, as opposed to the limited functionality that comes with a shared hosting account.
Features Of A Dedicated Server That You Can Depend On
Not only do you get to choose what type of operating system you want, but you also get to pick and choose from a range of features that are included with your dedicated server package. For example, you can get a server with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB hard drive, so you’ll have plenty of room to store and process data, as well as have some fun with WordPress and its many amazing features (which we’ll discuss in a bit). Or, if you’re a professional photographer looking to host online galleries of your work, you can get a dedicated server with a floating (all-purpose) CPU that can handle intensive tasks such as video, audio, and 3D rendering simultaneously, which will allow you to process larger files more quickly.
Keep in mind, though, that not all features come with every server package. For instance, if you want to use the product support offered by your dedicated server provider, you’ll have to subscribe to at least a year (12 months for some products) of service. If you plan on using the product frequently, you may want to look into buying a branded product, as opposed to renting one.
Why Go With A Dedicated Server Over Shared Hosting
If you’re looking for an affordable and easy way to get a website up and running, shared hosting is an excellent option for you. Not only do you get to use the software that the host provides, but you also get to take advantage of the many convenient features that come with a free domain registration and hosting plan. Plus, you can always try other hosts if shared hosting isn’t quite up to par (compared to your dream host).
If, however, you’re looking for a highly customizable environment where you can install and run any software you desire, as well as use advanced features such as load balancing, content caching, and dedicated IPs, then a dedicated server is the way to go. Also, if you’re looking for a more stable environment, then a dedicated server is the way to go. Although shared hosting is highly scalable, it can sometimes be a pain to get things working properly when the host doesn’t have the resources to hand (such as when lots of people are trying to access the site at once).