What is Website Hosting?
In order for your website to exist, you will need a place (server space) for all your website files, folders and in some cases your website database (if applicable) to reside. Websites are normally stored on servers that are accessible through the Internet or other networks. There are a variety of website hosting options available from hosting your own server to rack and dedicated server hosting through an ISP (Internet Service Provider).
What is Rack Server Hosting?
Rack space server hosting is the sharing of server resources with other ISP website clientele. These resources may include hard drive space, CPU (Central Processing Unit) and memory resource sharing etc. Rack space services provide for more cost effective website server hosting within limited hosting packages. Rack server hosting is ideal for individuals or businesses starting up a new website or running a relatively small operation; as they are usually the most feasible hosting option available!
It is normally advisable to start with rack server hosting and once you are assured that your website is generating enough online traffic, then you can look at upgrading to dedicated server hosting, where further resources are required to guarantee performance. If however, you have an existing website and a record of guaranteed website traffic that may not be suitable for shared rack server hosting, then you can consider dedicated server hosting from the outset.
What is Dedicated Server Hosting?
Dedicated server hosting is exactly what it implies – The website service provider manages a server dedicated to your website. Dedicated server hosting is normally more costly in comparison to rack server hosting, as all available server resources are dedicated to your website alone. Although this normally comes at a higher price, it also guarantees better performance for your website, especially for larger volumes of website traffic.
Dedicated server hosting should only really be considered if you are sure that your website has enough of a following and can attest that rack server hosting is not a suitable option. If this is the case, then dedicated server hosting can be considered from the outset and the required resources agreed upon and implemented by your dedicated website service provider. If you are launching a new website or one for a smaller operation, it is advisable to start with rack server hosting and prior to registering with your chosen service provider, verify that you can upgrade to a dedicated server hosting package, if and when required.