Is A Dedicated Server Really For You?

If you’re setting out plans for your business’s first website, then you probably know something about how important your choice of hosting plan can be. While web hosting used to be a fairly simple, straightforward affair, there are now many different kinds of hosting plan you can choose, each with their own features, capabilities and drawbacks. You may have discovered that some of the larger brands out there rely on dedicated server hosting, as it can handle a lot of traffic and promises greater uptime and accessibility. However, these advantages don’t necessarily mean that dedicated servers are the best choice for you. Here are some of the pros and cons of dedicated servers…

The Case for Dedicated Servers

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One of the most attractive features about dedicated server hosting is its reliability and technical performance. Dedicated servers offer a huge amount of bandwidth and disk space, and also give you full control over the media and information that’s going to be accessed, stored and shared on your company website. Furthermore, the fact that a dedicated server’s processor power, memory, disk space, and various other resources are not shared means that your operations will never be slowed down or choked by traffic from other sites you’re sharing with.

The speed and accessibility of dedicated servers are two more big points in their favor. If your customers absolutely need to use your website as part of the sales cycle, then this may be the thing that sells the dedicated option more than anything. Compared to any cloud-based or shared solution, dedicated servers will offer you much better speed and accessibility, which will have a profound impact on the customer’s experience. With a dedicated server, you can be sure that your visitors will be able to log in and access all of your pages as fast as you’d want them to. If you’re running an ecommerce store, or any other site that deals with financial transactions, and you can afford it, a dedicated server may be the best choice for you.

Our final point in favor of dedicated servers is security and technical assistance. Since it’s just you and designated people at your business who can access the server, you’ll have a much higher level of security. One of the great features of dedicated servers is your own unique IP address, which means greater security and privacy. The whole apparatus offers better protection against malware and adware, too. Furthermore, it will provide you with technical support around-the-clock, and give you a control panel which makes it easier to manage your company website. You’ll certainly pay a lot more, but these features are the tipping point for a lot of business owners.

The Case Against Dedicated Servers

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Perhaps the biggest problem with dedicated servers is the fact that it works out much more expensive than other modern hosting options. The reason dedicated servers are called “dedicated” is that they’re tied to one or more sites owned by a single company or individual. Running this kind of operation is much more strenuous on the service provider’s resources, so naturally it’s going to cost you a lot more to use. Furthermore, because dedicated servers are more complex, setting one up, maintaining it and repairing it if needs be can take a lot more time and effort on the website owner’s part. As that old saying goes, time is money! I’m not saying that buying into a dedicated server is never a good idea, and there may be a time in your company’s future when you practically need one. However, for businesses in the start-up phase, it’s generally better to start with a cheap Windows VPS and build up to something more advanced if and when you need it.

The other major drawback to using a dedicated server is the technical requirements. For you to establish a dedicated server and a site that’s hosted on it, you or someone on your team needs to have a pretty extensive knowledge of networking, and the skills required to manipulate it within a commercial environment. IP routing, MX records and server mechanisms will all come into play, and you’re not going to get your dedicated server working the way you want unless you have someone with the right skills and expertise to help you.

There you have the main pros and cons to consider when looking at dedicated servers. Whatever kind of business you’re trying to get off the ground, I hope this information has made it easier for you to choose the right hosting service for your business.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, CEO of Inspired Marketing, Inc., is a small business marketing coach who shows women entrepreneurs how to use solid marketing strategies to turn their life’s passion into a profitable, service-based business. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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