Every thriving business reaches the point where they outgrow the resource restrictions of a shared hosting platform. How do you know when it’s time to upgrade to a dedicated server?
Shared web hosting is great. It provides you with an affordable hosting option that is easy to manage and requires little technical knowledge on your part. Many people love their shared hosting package as it contains everything they need.
As in every aspect of business, the time for expansion always comes around for an up-and-coming company. When your site becomes too large or receives high amounts of traffic, it’s time to upgrade to a dedicated server.
Even small businesses should consider dedicated hosting. Those early days can be unpredictable; should you find your site receiving large volumes of traffic you need to be prepared. By planning for the future you’ll keep your customers happy whatever the weather.
What are the advantages of a dedicated server?
With dedicated hosting, you’re given complete control of your server. This means that you’re not sharing the resources on the server with several other websites. By having a server dedicated entirely to you, there’s no need to worry about another site on the server slowing down or even crashing your site.
Dedicated hosting allows you to customize the server as you wish. If you want to make any kind of change, go ahead and do it! Since you have the server all to yourself, the adjustments you make will only alter the sites you have on the server.
A dedicated server provides you with the highest level of security possible. When you’ve built a thriving business the last thing you need is for an obnoxious hacker to crash your site or steal important information from your server.
With great power comes great responsibility
Spiderman’s Uncle Ben was right, although he may not have been talking about dedicated hosting. To manage your dedicated server you may need to broaden your technical skills (this may be seen as an advantage for tech-savvy individuals). This usually involves understanding the basics of Linux (unless you’re using a Windows server) and a grasp on other server administration skills. You will be required to install software updates manually, along with regular server maintenance.
Server management may seem tricky, but there’s a wealth of information out there dedicated to supporting your server management…
A managed option is available with WestHost’s dedicated hosting. Our professional technicians will take care of all the heavy lifting. You will still receive all the benefits of dedicated hosting, just without the confusing technical details.
Dedicated hosting is more expensive than shared hosting, making it less popular for smaller sites and blogs. However, if your site needs the storage or added features, there should be no hesitation in upgrading to a dedicated server. WestHost offers affordable dedicated options, allowing even the tightest of budgets to take advantage of dedicated hosting.
How do I know when it’s time to make the change?
Consider switching to a dedicated hosting plan when:
- You’re looking to increase uptime. Dedicated servers are more reliable since only your sites are hosted on the machine
- You want more control over your server
- You need more space
- You want an increase in security. This is especially important for ecommerce sites
- You have large projects that need additional storage
- You’re receiving high volumes of traffic
If you have additional questions regarding dedicated web hosting, pull up a chat with one of our trained technicians! They’ll be sure to answer your questions right away.