Hosting is not Created Equal: Shared vs. Dedicated Virtual Hosting

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We want to share some advice and education on website hosting that most people aren’t even aware of. Most people would think that website hosting is the same across the board. Meanwhile your website seems to be slower than ever, while you have visited websites that seem to respond immediately to your every click. What is exactly is going on here? Read on.

A website consists of many files (among other things), and these files need to be “hosted” on a server so that the world can see it. This server hosting your files is what we call in the industry: “hosting”.

Believe it or not, there are many differences and options when it comes to hosting, but we’ve simplified this to two options for our clients: Shared and Dedicated Virtual Hosting.

Most hosting that you see advertised on the internet is Shared Hosting. What this means is that there is one server that holds hundreds (sometimes thousands) of websites. These websites also share the same software. If a website on the server has a problem, it will affect the other websites on that server. This is the downside, since your website can become slow since another website is consuming all of the resources on that server. The upside is that it’s extremely affordable. As with anything you purchase, you get what you pay for.

The other option that we offer and recommend for our clients is Dedicated Virtual Hosting. The difference here is that a server will still have many websites (nowhere near the amount of websites that shared hosting has). But the main difference is that these websites do not share the same software. Each website has an allotted amount of resources that it can use, and if it exceeds that amount, it only affects that website. This will result in a much quicker websites for all, and in most of our tests, just moving websites from Shared to Dedicated Virtual Hosting can increase speeds by 3x.

For a real life example, head over to Graticle.com and take a look around. After that, try out Graticle.net. The difference here is that Graticle.com is on our Dedicated Virtual Hosting, while Graticle.net is on our Shared Hosting. The difference is remarkable.

When visitors come to your website, you need to be open (aka: online) while also having the floors clear of clutter, clean, and a friendly staff ready for questions (aka: a quick website). Otherwise, the back button is too available and too convenient for potential customers.

Find out how we can move your website over to our Dedicated Virtual Hosting and start taking your website (and hosting) more seriously.

Give us a call at (360) 450-3711 or email hello@graticle.com

Last updated on August 31, 2016. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc. You can follow him at Google+

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I have worked with Shawn at Graticle for three years, which should speak volumes in and of itself. I am a high school teacher and serve as the Coordinator for the AVID program. Each August-September we create new t-shirts for distribution to all 140 of our students, along with supportive members of the faculty, staff, and administration.

My team of AVID teachers brainstorms ideas for both the front and back of the shirt, and I present the best one or two concepts to Shawn for his expert feedback. We quickly settle on the best design idea and colors, and then Shawn and I bounce more detailed suggestions off each other for a few days. His suggestions always result in significant improvements to my rough concept. He presents me with graphic “rough drafts” at each stage of our discussion until we have a design I’m really happy with.

Shawn then works his magic, and the final design is the work of a consummate professional. We get tons of compliments on our shirts, starting with our t-shirt printer, and usually end up having to do a second print run for additional faculty and staff who want one of the shirts. This year, a middle school in Southern California saw the design and asked if they could use it.

Another positive aspect of working with Graticle is that Shawn is easy to reach by phone or email, and he is very responsive. I hear back from him either the same day or the next day.

Working with Shawn and Graticle has been a pleasure, He produces good work quickly and at a fair price. I recommend him to you without reservation.

Bill Wolfe

Teacher & AVID Coordinator

Taft Union High School

www.taft.k12.ca.us

Taft, California

I’ve worked with Shawn the past 2 years and we went to school together, all around good dude. He is super professional at what he creates and helps you with anything he can. My site is super easy to manage but looks amazing. Thanks for everything you have done.

Chaotik Quintana

Owner & Operator

Chaotik Klothing

www.iHeartChaotik.com

Pismo Beach, California