Learn all about dedicated servers and why they exist
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There are multiple ways one could get a site up onto the internet. Shared hosting is the most common, cheapest, and easiest way to achieve this, however, it is also the one that offers the least amount of control over the actual hardware as well as the least amount of performance. Your site could also be affected by the behavior of other sites that you share the server with.
If shared hosting is the cheapest way with the lowest performance (which is still more than enough for most sites), then dedicated servers are the polar opposite. They offer the best performance, however, the price also reflects that.
What is a Dedicated Server?
Dedicated Server hosting refers to a type of web hosting plan where you are allocated a whole server to yourself. It can give you more control over your website and also helps to ensure that other customers' websites don't have an impact on yours. Using dedicated servers is much more expensive than shared hosting, but if your site receives lots of traffic or you have other requirements (such as extra security measurements), dedicated server hosting will be suitable for you.
Some dedicated server hosting plans are fully managed, meaning that your web hosting company performs regular administration duties, such as initial server setup, patching, anti-virus, security scanning, monitoring, and more. Other dedicated server plans are self-managed; you are responsible for the server setup, patching, anti-virus, etc.
Advantages of using dedicated servers:
Despite costing much more than shared hosting or a VPS, dedicated servers bring about a lot of advantages over any other hosting service. In fact, a good rule of thumb is: if your site has more than 500,000 daily visitors, a dedicated server is a must. Anyways, here are some of the upsides and features that make users opt for this option.
Exclusive use of dedicated resourcesWhen you choose a dedicated hosting provider, you get the full resources of a single server. You don’t need to worry about other websites clogging up the server’s CPU and RAM resources. With a dedicated server, you can be sure that bad scripts running on another website or spikes in bandwidth usage won’t slow your server uptime.
Enhanced performance and securityChoosing a dedicated hosting provider guarantees maximum uptime for your website. Shared hosting is often best for websites with low to medium traffic. If your website receives a lot of traffic though, dedicated servers provide more stability and reliability than shared hosting. With a dedicated server, you can also be sure that you aren’t sharing space with a malicious website or a potential spammer. Dedicated hosting allows enhanced security, particularly important for companies handling sensitive transactions over FTP or SSL.
FlexibilityWith a dedicated server, you can decide on your own server configuration. It is scalable for customizing to your needs. If you need more processing power, storage, or backup, the dedicated server is your platform.
Unique IP addressEach server has its own unique IP address. With shared hosting, that means that you are also sharing an IP address with multiple other websites. If one of your neighbors is a spam site or an adult site, this could mean having your websites’ rank pushed down.
Only you can decide whether you need a dedicated server on not for your website, or any other thing you might need a server for. Hopefully, this blogpost will make this decision easier for you.