I'll be honest, I have no experience when it comes to servers, so this is probably going to be a very easy question.
Anyways, I've had a web server for the past 6 months or so. The problem is that it only responds to queries made through PHP from a web browser. I'm trying to figure out what kind of server I would need to rent that would allow me to have programs running perpetually, such as a program that checked a website for change every hour.
What exactly would that be? I've seen the term "dedicated server" tossed around, mainly with video games. And it looks like a dedicated server is around $90 a month to rent, which is much higher than I'd like to pay.
Am I right that I need a dedicated server, and should I expect the cost to be much, much, higher than a normal web host, even if I only want to use it for simple, low bandwidth, personal projects?