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Although all dedicated hosting plans will have a dedicated host server, that may be the only thing they have in common. There are several different kinds of dedicated hosting out there, depending on your site needs, technical expertise, and budget.
Dedicated or VPS?
There is an option which falls between shared hosting and dedicated: VPS hosting. VPS can be an attractive hybrid of dedicated and budget-friendly. Although it is a single physical server, it's partitioned in a way that makes each server private in a virtual sense. Each virtual server uses dedicated memory resources and CPU; even if something goes wrong with another site sharing the physical server, it won't affect the individual virtual dedicated servers. You'll also still have a greater amount of control over software and security than you would when using a shared server.
If you have a fairly simple site, you'll probably be able to get by with basic dedicated hosting. And if you're not very technical, you'll definitely want to start small anyway. Basic dedicated hosting is the entry-level hosting plan which has everything you need to get started. Some providers will offer add-ons or customization packages which can jazz things up a bit. The specifics of what's included with basic hosting vary from provider to provider. Basic, unmanaged hosting plans might offer bandwidth, storage, email and not much more. For managed hosting, add server hardware maintenance, network monitoring, and tech support to that list. Some providers may include anti-virus and anti-spam for the emails, while others may offer them as extras. Extra bandwidth, storage, or memory may also all be available.
Static sites must be manually updated if changes are made to pages; dynamic sites are built on systems that update automatically. Sites that change often (like forums) or in response to user-based actions (like submission forms or shopping carts) are dynamic. The higher complexity of dynamic sites requires dynamic dedicated hosting. A simple, text-based site which changes rarely can get by with basic hosting, but for more complexity, you'll need dynamic dedicated servers.
There are two basic types of dedicated servers: managed and unmanaged. Unmanaged hosting takes a hands-off approach. You'll be responsible for any maintenance, security, and troubleshooting. If anything goes wrong, you'll have to figure it out on your own. On the other hand, you'll also have complete control over your server. Managed hosting is all run by your hosting provider. They take care of everything, which means no more sleepless nights for you. Which option is better depends on your time and resources. Companies with a knowledgeable IT staff with lots of time on their hands can save money by choosing unmanaged hosting services. Companies who'd rather pay someone else to deal with that stuff should choose managed hosting instead.