What is the difference between shared and dedicated hosting? With shared hosting, your site would be sharing the same server as several other websites. Imagine the server is an apartment complex and the websites are the apartment residents. All of the residents (websites) live in the same location, but have their own individual homes. However, the residents still have to share the community amenities: laundry mat, gym, pool, parking, etc. Similarly, on a shared server, all of the websites have to share resources such as CPU time, memory, disk space, etc. Dedicated servers, on the other hand, are like houses: there is only one resident and you have all of the household amenities to yourself.