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What Is Dedicated Server Hosting?
With a dedicated server, customers have their own server (or servers) dedicated exclusively to their website. Unlike shared hosting, the server is not shared among other customer sites.
What Are Some Advantages of Dedicated Server Hosts?
There are plenty of advantages. For one, you won't have to buy or maintain your own servers. Your site will load faster and perform better, because you won't be splitting bandwidth with others. And, your data is more secure.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
Yep. It costs more up front, just like most high quality items. However, there won't be lots of hidden costs later down the road, either.
Is There Something in Between?
Sure, there's VPS hosting. With a Virtual Private Server, you get the same security and performance benefits as a dedicated server, but the cost is less because it's not a physical server. Although the software is run on the same physical equipment as other customers, the way it functions is dedicated just like a physically separate computer would be.
How Do I Know If I Need a Dedicated Server?
How complicated is your site? How much traffic do you get? If your answers are "pretty complicated" and "tons" then you've probably already noticed a general slow-down in page uploads and an increase in downtime. Any site with lots of traffic, dynamic content, or deals with secure information will be better off with a dedicated server. Shared servers just can't keep up at the same level, and definitely don't have the same data protection.
What Should I Look For in a Service Provider?
Like providers of any service, make sure they have a good reputation. Make sure their monthly charges are worth it by checking customer reviews and asking around. How's their uptime? How protected is the equipment? What about data backup? Are they providing managed or unmanaged hosting services? On a practical level, you also need to verify that bandwidth, data security, and cost all mesh with your needs. Ideally, you'll find a provider that grows with you into the future and not one whose services are limited.
What Questions Should I Ask My Prospective Provider?
- What kind of hardware do they use?
- What kind of Internet connection do they have?
- What happens if something breaks?
- What management methods do they offer?
Do I Need Managed or Unmanaged Hosting?
This really depends on your IT department. If you'd rather have your hosting provider monitor and maintain your servers, then managed dedicated server hosting is probably better for you. If your IT staff has the expertise and resources to manage the servers, by all means save a few bucks and go with unmanaged hosting instead.