When it comes to picking the best hosting provider and plan for your website, there are a lot of options to choose from—shared servers, virtual private servers, dedicated servers. If you aren’t sure which one is the best for you, it can cause a lot of headaches and anxiety trying to make that decision.
The bottom line is that there are plenty of options to choose from, but the top-of-the-line option is still a dedicated hosting platform.
With a dedicated server, you have one server that is simply devoted to your website and only your website. You won’t have to worry about sharing resources with other sites and can be certain that your site will be able to function smoothly.
In this piece, we are going to tackle the benefits and detriments of having a dedicated server and why you might want to consider this for your site.
Why dedicated servers are better than other options
With most shared hosting options, your website is just one of hundreds all shared on the same server. This means that the resources, which are finite, have to be shared among the sites. In shared hosting, there is no equitable distribution so resources simply go where they are needed (which may not be to your website).
With VPS (virtual private server), the resources are split equitably, but that means you only get a small piece of the total pie that is the server. With dedicated servers, you have all the resources, which gives you these advantages:
- Speed—Your site will load much faster with dedicated hosting and you don’t have to worry about another site’s traffic crashing your site or slowing it down.
- Control—With shared hosting, your server has to be configured to meet the needs of the majority of the sites on the server. With dedicated, you can configure every aspect of the server to meet any specific needs you might have.
- Storage—Again, a server’s resources are finite. If a shared server has 2TB of storage space, then that all has to be split amongst the various sites. With dedicated servers, you get everything all to yourself including all of the storage space.
- Security—With shared hosting, your site may be vulnerable to attack if you are on the same server as a site that has been hacked. You might also be blocked by some web browsers if you have the same IP address as a website that has been flagged for spam or malware.
None of this is the case with a dedicated server. You will still set up security configurations, but they will all be specifically for your website, so you don’t have to worry about someone else’s lack of security being an issue for you.
Why dedicated servers might not be the best option for you
Dedicated servers aren’t for everyone. There are a few things that can determine if it will work for you.
First is the price. Dedicated servers are the most expensive option on the market, so if you’re a fledgling company just starting out, this may not be the best for you. Also, if you are still a relatively small website, then dedicated hosting may be a case of overkill.
Most websites won’t need the processing power and storage that dedicated hosting offers. However, if your site has outgrown the resources that it has with a shared plan, then you should definitely consider upgrading.
Having a dedicated server (or dedicated servers) can be a great thing if you are trying to power a huge website that needs as many resources as possible. If you are in the market for any type of hosting plan, InMotion Hosting has many options that can meet the needs of your business.