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Dedicated, VPS or Shared Hosting

Currently I am looking to host a new site that has been designed in Pinnacle Cart.  I have been told by the designer to use a dedicated hosting service or even a VPS host.  But those are really expensive and our traffic and orders online are not very heavy at all.  During the month of April our site has 11k visitors, 3.75 pages per visit average time is 2.5 mins.  

what advantages and what constitutes using a expensive hosting solution?  Will shared hosting work?
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Justin Alcorta
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justadadCommented:
Hosting varies a bit for different reasons.

Shared hosting: (Which I think would work for you based on what you have said if you have a reliable host like Bluehost.com or 1and1.com) Basically the host takes care of all of the OS maintenance and disaster recovery backup issues. If you are not a technical person nor have one on your staff, then this is the service for you. If you pick a host that does both shared hosting and VPS hosting then likely you can upgrade your account with them instead of breaking a contract if your traffic picks up wildly. On a shared host it is possible to have your traffic affected by other websites on the same host, and if not reliable enough of a host, you are potentially vulnerable to hacking coming in from one of the other hosts on the same server.

VPS Hosting: Pricing varies wildly based on the level of management provided by the host. If you go with full OS management then the price does get pretty pricey, but it is what I would recommend for someone that is not a linux geek or for someone that has better things to do with their time.  For a good non-managed service we use Slicehost.com. Their $20 per month plan should serve your application just fine however that doesn't include backups nor management and requires you to know how to manage and secure Linux.

Dedicated Hosting varies for the same reasons as the VPS, but the full cost of the Hardware needs to be factored into the price for you over the contract period. But frankly I would consider this overkill for your application.
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Justin AlcortaEnterprise Systems AnalystAuthor Commented:
i really appreciate you input.  
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M. Rashel AhmedCommented:
Hi,

what is your website about? is there any special program are you running which are not supported in the shared server by most of the hosting companies?


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