Several different types of web hosting plans are available to customers. Shared hosting offers the lowest prices; dedicated servers provide unrivaled hardware power and control; while a virtual private server (VPS hosting) sits somewhere between the two.
For many small businesses, shared hosting is the obvious choice. But one significant issue with shared hosting is that the behavior of the other accounts sharing your hardware – your neighbors – will affect the responsiveness of your plan. The problem is not that shared hosting resources are too small to support your website, but that you can never be completely sure whether the hardware power your content and visitors demand will be available.
Semi-dedicated hosting is an innovative type of service that can make the performance of your website more consistent. Read on to learn how a semi-dedicated web hosting plan reduces the likelihood of other users hoarding hardware resources and affecting the quality of service you offer your visitors.
How do shared web hosting neighbors affect the performance of your website?
Shared web hosting is so affordable because the total cost of running a hardware server is shared among a large number of accounts. Instead of paying the full operating cost of a dedicated server, you pay for the small portion of the server you use.
But when web hosting companies add accounts to a server, they can only act based on the average user. Your hosting provider will determine the ideal number of accounts by considering how much RAM, CPU, disk space, and bandwidth each individual account is likely to use.
If one website suddenly begins offering content that is too large or too complex for the server, or starts to receive masses of additional traffic, the server will automatically attempt to keep up with this demand. As a result, every other website on the same server will be left waiting in line for the hardware power they need to process and deliver content.
In plain terms, you may wake up to find that your website has slowed to a crawl, or worse, is completely unavailable to your potential customers.
Semi-dedicated hosting is a more consistent shared hosting environment
A semi-dedicated hosting plan is best described as a shared hosting solution, but is configured in a way that guarantees more hardware power, available all the time.
Instead of filling servers with accounts to maximize revenue, hosting providers that provide semi-dedicated hosting impose a strict limit on the number of users per server. Since you are competing with far fewer websites for hardware resources, you can be assured that you will always be able to access the power you need.
Of course, semi-dedicated hosting still offers the low price point of a shared plan, and is usually available for just a few dollars more, making it an affordable way to give your website enough power to run even the most complex and popular applications.
Try a semi-dedicated hosting plan from JaguarPC
At JaguarPC, we never oversell our hardware. Even on our entry-level shared hosting services, there is room for our customers to grow their websites and use more hardware resources.
However, for complete peace of mind, our semi-dedicated hosting services limit the number of users per server to just 15.
With far fewer users on the server, customers usually have access to 600% more resources. In addition, to make sure you can use these resources without the fear of hidden charges and excess usage fees, JaguarPC offers unlimited semi-dedicated hosting with no restrictions on disk space, bandwidth, or MySQL databases.
Each plan also includes 24/7/365 technical support, a 100% network uptime promise, and an unrivaled 45-day money back guarantee, allowing you to try semi-dedicated hosting with no risk involved.