Pros and Cons of Different Server Types and Hosting Packages

For website operators, there are several types of server that he can choose. What are these and what are the advantages and disadvantages of this, you will learn in this blog post.


Rent shared hosting package or server?

If you want to run a website or a blog, you are at the beginning of the agony of choice: is a cheap shared hosting package sufficient for my project or should I better rent a server? And if so, what kind of server? Of course, this depends very much on the type of website and the number of users who access it.

The different types of hosting are explained below, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

Differences between Dedicated Server, Virtual Server and Shared Hosting

Dedicated server

In the case of a dedicated server, the customer is assigned a physical server (hardware) that he can use solely for his own purposes. That is, one does not share the server here with other customers, but gets the complete power and all resources made available.


  • Greatest possible server performance / performance
  • Server performance regardless of the activity of other customers
  • Own IP


  • High costs

Virtual (Dedicated) Server / Cloud Server

In the case of a virtual server or cloud server, the customer is not provided with an entire physical server, but only a part of it or possibly also shares from different servers. Several virtual machines run on a server, each of which receives a fixed share of the server’s performance.


  • Significantly cheaper than Dedicated Server
  • Server performance regardless of the activity of other customers
  • More server performance / performance compared to shared hosting packages
  • Own IP (usually)


  • Less server performance / performance compared to dedicated server

Shared Hosting

With shared hosting packages, one also shares a server with other customers, but there is no virtualization, ie all programs and scripts of the customers on a server run on the same operating system.


  • Attractively priced


  • Relatively low server performance / performance: often several hundred or, in the worst case, several thousand customers share a single server
  • Little configuration options
  • If another customer uses the server heavily, their own performance drops
  • No own IP: If another customer operates eg illegal activities, the own web page by the search engines and Co. is rated worse


Differences between Root Server and Managed Server

Root server

The term root server makes it clear that the customer has full access to the server with all system settings and is responsible for all settings.


  • Own programs can be installed
  • Server settings can be adapted to your own needs as best as possible


  • One is responsible for the security of the system itself

Managed server

For a managed server, the provider takes care of the configuration of the server. However, this makes it very limited to be able to make even settings.


  • It is not responsible for the security of the system


  • You need a reliable provider that always keeps the server up to date in terms of security

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