Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Benefits of Having a Dedicated Server

Having a Web hosting server that is totally your own. It is the American dream right? You could put a little white picket fence around it, plant some flowers and call it home. Well not exactly. Buying a dedicated Web hosting server may be a little out of your price range. Some can cost up to $500 or more a month to keep up and running. So with that being said, what are the benefits of having a dedicated Web hosting server?

Well the number one benefit of having your own dedicated server would be reliability. Think of it as you being stuck on a deserted island. You don't have to worry about anybody else throwing coconuts at you or trying to take over your island. You and you alone are there and you can do whatever you want.

When you are on a shared Web hosting server, sometimes other people on the server can make life for you a little harder. Due to processes, scripts or other activities, your Web site might start coming up slower due to those other folks. With a dedicated Web hosting server, you are the only one on that server and you are not subject to such pesky activity. Well, unless you are the one causing it.

Having your own Web hosting server also provides you with a more cost effective way of hosting more than one domain. You can split that Web hosting server up as many times as you want, depending on how much space each Web site needs. True, you could do that with a Web hosting reseller account too. The only problem is a reseller account is still on a shared Web hosting server. As long as you are on a shared Web hosting server you are going to have reliability problems.

With that being said, you can also expect to see greater performance from your Web sites. Without sharing the server's resources with 10 to 100 other people, your pages will come up quicker, your scripts will run faster, and it will be as if your entire Web hosting experience was on steroids.

Security is another good reason to go with a dedicated Web hosting server. With a shared Web hosting server, some things on the server itself are more open to see. Within a dedicated Web hosting server though you can keep more things to yourself and locked down for only your eyes to see.

Now when shopping for a dedicated Web hosting server, you might be confused by the "managed" and "unmanaged" lingo. With an unmanaged Web hosting account, you or somebody in your company will need to know how to deal with the server first hand. That is when hiring a system administrator might come in handy. Then they can worry about all the server side problems and configurations.

With a managed dedicated server though, more of those worries are in the hands of the Web host you bought it from. The only problem you might run into there is you want to make sure your Web host has a good quality staff of folks who know what they are doing when they are working on your dedicated server.

So there you have it, those are the big benefits of having your own dedicated Web hosting server. If you want to know more or want to learn about shared Web hosting solutions, you might go check out Lockergnome's Guide to Web Hosting . It is the best guide into the Web hosting world you will ever read or need.

If you are looking for quality hosting services .... a couple options to check into as you start your search are these:

Shared Hosting ....

Dedicated Server ....

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