A dedicated server gives your business the flexibility and resources to create a high-performance website. This is why this solution could be the winning one for you.
What is a Dedicated Server?
Starting a website that focuses on a business is not easy. You will have to create your virtual space, probably, for the sale of products, consider the SEO aspect (the optimization for search engines), dedicate time and resources to security and consider many other factors. To create a website that can withstand high volumes of traffic and allow the installation of custom scripts, however, a dedicated server is definitely the best choice, if you can afford one.
Unlike a shared server, which powers multiple sites, a dedicated server hosts only one site: yours. The stability and reliability of the website are the two main advantages if you decide to invest in this type of server: your site takes full advantage of the CPU, RAM and server storage resources, since it does not share them with other sites. You should not underestimate the importance of these benefits in terms of speed and reliability of the site.
Designing and realizing your web space on a shared server means that, among other things, the general reliability of your portal could be negatively conditioned by a site that devours too many resources within the same server. For example, if that site is affected by a heavy spike in traffic, your pages may load slowly or not do it at all. Investing in a dedicated server greatly reduces this potential problem, and also gives system administrators more control over the apps and scripts they can install on the server.
Shared hosting, by contrast, is much more limited because everything you do could potentially affect the other sites you share the server with.
How much should you pay for a Dedicated Server?
You’re starting to think that a dedicated server is the ideal solution for you, right? It is. That said, you should know that the price is usually quite high. Setting up an e-commerce on a dedicated server will probably cost you more than 100 dollars a month. The shared servers, on the other hand, are much less expensive. The cheapest web hosting services offer you a web space even for less than 10 dollars a month. You’ll also need to manage firewalls and maintenance yourself, unless you choose a managed server, what’s wrong? Exactly, it costs even more.
A dedicated server is not cheap, so you should consider this solution only if you need a certain level of power. If you plan to create a personal blog or a “showcase” corporate website that contains little more than your location and opening hours, shared hosting, WordPress managed hosting or VPS hosting is more than enough. Read here more 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE SELECTING VPS HOSTING
The features you will need
If you choose a dedicated server, you will want a significant amount of disk space, preferably at least 1TB, for file storage. Generally you can choose a traditional hard drive or a solid state drive (SSD) as a storage medium for the website. Solid-state drives are certainly faster and more reliable than HDDs, but cost more and have reduced storage capacity. Traditional hard disks, on the other hand, are more capacious and are available at lower prices. But they are not as resilient as their SSD counterparts. Unless you really need incredibly fast memory, a traditional hard drive will do its job.
Large RAM (5 GB or more), dedicated e-commerce options for product sales, 24-hour customer support, and unlimited monthly data transfers are some of the most popular features. Many providers offer dedicated monthly offers, such as the dedicated 1&1 server, for 16 GB data transfer, which will probably be fine for most users. Others offer unlimited monthly data transfers, but they are few and far between. In addition, you must read the terms of the service carefully to understand exactly what “unlimited” means for the host in question. In addition, companies that offer dedicated server services typically include daily backups, security options, and detection and removal of malware: very important factors for the daily activities of your website.
In addition, I recommend a web hosting service that offers Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) if you plan to sell products. Here’s why: an SSL connection encrypts data that travel between your site and users’ web browsers, thus safeguarding the transmission of information about purchases. You have probably already seen a green lock in the address bar of your browser as you log into your online bank account or make purchases online. It is a symbol of trust. Some companies include a free SSL certificate when you sign up for a hosting plan, while others charge almost 100 dollars.