Are You and Your Website Ready to Move Up?
It was just a few years ago, that you uploaded your first website. It was homely and not very good, but you tweaked and redesigned and now that same “ugly duckling” has over 500 web pages and close to 30,000 visitors a day!
After all your hard work and burning the late night oil, things are finally paying off big. Your shared hosting account was great in the past, but suddenly you are facing more technical challenges than ever before. Should you move up to using a dedicated server?
This article will explore the option of working with a managed dedicated web hosting service, so you can make the right decision as your website progresses to the next level.
What is a Dedicated Web Hosting Service?
Basically, a dedicated server is type of internet hosting account, where you lease or rent a complete web server with network connections from a company so you don’t have to share it with other users.
You can lease a web server under either a fully managed hosting account (the service provider does everything, you are completely hands off) or as a managed dedicated web hosting contract (where you have control over your machine and the providers gives you specific add-on services.) A managed dedicated web hosting account is usually the more common of the two.
Managed Dedicated Web Hosting – Advantages
This type of account gives you several advantages:
Customization: you can use the configurations you want. Most managed hosting providers allow you to build or completely customize your own server to best fit your needs. This allows you and your web developers to be totally flexible and use any especially designed software or scripts you wish.
Better Safety: When your website is on a shared hosting server, it is vulnerable to all the other websites (and website owners), it resides with. For an example, Fred’s website is on the same server as yours. Fred unfortunately uploads an infected script which destroys everything on the server. There goes your website.
With a managed dedicated server this type of risk plummets to zero. No one has access to your sever but you and the only software that can affect are the applications you upload or personally authorize.
Better Reliability: Your website is no longer at the mercy of bandwidth hogs (high traffic websites) that can congest server connections and slow down service for everyone on the shared account. A server’s age can also affect its ability to perform quickly and dependably.
With a managed dedicated web hosting account you can control the equipment your website is on. And your server speeds or applications are never comprised by requests from someone else’s website.
Using the tips you just learned about, you are now ready to explore the opportunity of moving to a managed dedicated web hosting service that best fits your growing website.