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Share web hosting or VPS or Dedicated server?

by hovakh6 / October 17, 2015 5:52 AM PDT

Hi to all,

I'm going to start a website similar to Youtube to share videos, exclusively videos of different cities provided by real tourists, not by traveling sites like Expedia.

First I decided to purchase a shared hosting package, but searching on the web I understood that web hosting companies don't allow video sites get online with shared web hosting plans and I must choose a VPS or dedicated server.

1- Is it true? Am I forced to choose either VPS or dedicated server?

2- If so, which of them is better for my website? Is there any difference between them? As I see VPS accounts are a little cheaper than dedicated servers.

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Re: hosting
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 17, 2015 5:58 AM PDT

1. That's not an Internet rule. Any hosting provider sets his own terms and conditions.
2. With a VPS you share hardware with other sites. With a dedicated server you have it all on your own.

Since video's use a lot of bandwidth it won't be very cheap. Did you consider using a CDN to host the video's?


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Shared hosting vs VPS
by Sovereign Forum moderator / October 18, 2015 9:52 PM PDT

1. As Kees pointed out, technically speaking you can upload anything you want on any hosting plan, however, hosting companies have rules of how their servers are to be used based on the type of plan you have.

For example, shared hosting accounts often offer "unlimited" space, bandwidth, etc, but it's really just a gimmick, because if you read the fine print, you'll find out that you're limited in how many resources your site can eat up on a server that contains hundreds of other sites.

In addition, resources can get expensive and there is no such thing as free hosting, so they generally want you to move to a more expensive plan where you have your own dedicated set of limited resources that you're specifically paying for.

2. Shared hosting accounts share all the hardware on the server among all of their users. A VPS account gives you a slide of the hardware that's just for you, but there are still other people using that server that also get their own slice. A dedicated server means you lease all of the hardware on it and have the most flexibility.

It's probably a good idea to start with a VPS and then use it in tandem with something like a CDN. In essence, your server will power your site, but the CDN will host and stream your media. I used to have a VPS with ServInt. They were pretty cost effective and offered good support. For a CDN, you can look at something like MaxCDN or Amazon's CloudFront.


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Part of the problem for you is "streaming" software
by James Denison / October 18, 2015 10:03 PM PDT

You can upload video files, but anyone who wants to watch it will have to download the entire file first before viewing, which will use up a lot of bandwidth over streaming services, in which part of a video may be seen and then the person decides that's not the one he wanted and moves to a next one, which ends the data streaming, saving bandwidth and allowing quick viewing at the same time. You'd need an account that "streamed" video from your site.

Video Streaming Account Providers.

Ergo, the reason so many use Youtube or other such.

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Yes videos site can be host on shared hosting
by instantshop / October 21, 2015 10:31 AM PDT

Let me clear you this thin in easy words
Yes you can host your videos site on shared hosting but the thing is then you will not able to upload videos on your site means you can embed videos on your site when any one play the video it will be played on your site but actually it will run on some videos search engine like youtube, dailymotion, etc so then you can run your website on shared hosting without any problem but if you want to upload videos on your website then you have to buy a dedicated server from some good hosting company i have found this solution for shared hosting on Navicosoft and its working perfectly fine now you should also search on google but remember dont go just for cheap search some best

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VPS Hosting is best for you
by ZNetLive_host / October 30, 2015 2:45 AM PDT

Yes, it's true because video sites consume more space and bandwidth than a normal site. SO hosting companies deny to host them on shared hosting. I would like to suggest you to choose VPS hosting as it's cheaper than dedicated and if your business gets success in coming time, after then you can switch to dedicated hosting.

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