What are the Differences between Shared and Private Web Hosting

Shared web hosting and private web hosting are two different types of web hosting services offered by Big Wet Fish.

Some examples of our plans are shown below:

Business Starter Package – Shared Web Hosting
There will be many websites sharing the same CPU, RAM and Disk Capacity. As a general rule the
cheaper the shared hosting package the more websites will be sharing the physical server. This plan is a
perfect solution for a small and basic website where a small business or individual needs an effective web

Business Pro Package – Shared Web Hosting
Compared to our starter package the key difference here is that there will be significantly fewer accounts
per physical server compared to the Starter package so performance will generally be better and more
consistent. This plan is the perfect solution for a small business with a larger website where speed and
performance is the key but where the hosting budget does not stretch to a private hosting environment.

Single Site Server Package – Private Web Hosting
Perfect for hosting a single WordPress website. The server has an allocation of CPU Cores and RAM that
is not shared with any other user. This hosting environment is generally preferred if budget permits as
specific tweaks can be made to the server configuration for better performance that would not be possible on a shared hosting environment.

Dedicated Server – Private Web Hosting
An ideal solution to host multiple websites for an agency this type of hosting gives you 100% dedicated
access to all physical processor cores on the server for the best performance possible. As it is dedicated to
you it can be completely locked down and optimized to give the best possible load times for your website.

Shared web hosting is a type of hosting where multiple websites are hosted on the same server, while
private web hosting, also known as dedicated hosting, is a type of hosting where a single website or
multiple websites are hosted on a dedicated server.

Here are some comparisons and contrasts between the two types of hosting:

Shared web hosting is generally less expensive than private web hosting, as the cost of the server is
shared among multiple users. Private web hosting is more expensive because the cost of the entire server
is borne by a single user.

Resource allocation:
With shared web hosting, resources such as CPU, RAM, and bandwidth are shared among multiple users.
This means that if one website on the server experiences a sudden surge in traffic, it could affect the
performance of other websites on the server. With private web hosting, all the resources are dedicated to a single website or websites, ensuring better performance and stability.

In shared web hosting, there is a risk of security breaches, as multiple websites are hosted on the same
server. If one website on the server is hacked, it could potentially affect the speed of other websites on the server as well if a bot for example caused load. With private web hosting, the security of the server is the responsibility of a single user, which makes it easier to maintain and secure.

With shared web hosting, the user has limited control over the server, as the hosting provider manages the server and its resources. With private web hosting, the user has full control over the server, including the ability to install custom software, configure security settings, and manage the server resources.

Shared web hosting is generally less scalable than private web hosting. As the user’s website grows, they
may need more resources, which may not be available on a shared hosting plan. With private web hosting, the user can easily upgrade their resources as needed to accommodate growth within the cloud.

Shared web hosting is a good option for small businesses and individuals who need an affordable hosting
solution, while private web hosting is more suitable for medium to larger businesses with high traffic
websites that require greater control, security, and scalability. Private web hosing is always recommended
for eCommerce website or those websites collecting client data and it is never good practice to operate an eCommerce store in a shared hosting environment for GDPR and Security Reasons

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