Cheap Hosting or Dedicated Server Hosting - Which is Better?
There is a big difference between cheap website hosting and a cheap dedicated server. The former may serve you very well; but if you need the best dedicated hosting, you should probably avoid the latter. That is normally one of those “you get what you pay for” situations.
Cheap Website Hosting
If you only have one website, or just a handful of sites, cheap hosting may be just what you need. Keep in mind there are “cheap hosting services” and there are “inexpensive hosting services.” There is a difference.
A cheap website host may have a lot of “down time.” That means your site will not be online when a visitor attempts to reach it. Additionally, the host may have terrible support. You never know when you may have a billing problem or a technical problem. That can be frustrating, and the last thing you need is for it to be worse because you cannot get help from support.
On the other hand, there are some very good inexpensive website hosts. The better hosts have great customer support and very little down time. Some allow subscribers to have unlimited domains. If you build a lot of websites, this feature may be important to you; even if you have to spend just a few dollars more per month.
If you need to send a newsletter or bulk emails from your domain, you may need something other than a discount hosting service. Most companies will not allow you to do this. If this is your situation, consider getting a dedicated server.
Dedicated Server Hosting
A dedicated server allows a lot more options, such as more bandwidth and storage.
Bandwidth is the measure of data being transferred by the website. This data transfer is from people visiting your site and the pages loading for them to view. It may also include the loading of graphics and the downloading of files. The best dedicated hosting generally offers higher levels of bandwidth than cheap website hosting companies.
Storage is the amount of space allowed for a subscriber to store the necessary files to maintain the website. This includes all the web pages, the graphics, and any other files necessary for the site. You will usually have much more storage with a cheap dedicated server than you will with cheap hosting. The best dedicated hosting may offer unlimited storage (or at least extremely high amounts), as well as unlimited bandwidth.
A disadvantage of the best dedicated hosting is that it can be very expensive. You may need to shop around so you can find a cheap dedicated server.