Although businesses and individuals have a huge array of server types to choose from, more and more are seeing the advantages of choosing a dedicated server. Most people opt for a shared server, where multiple websites are all stored on one computer server, sharing resources.
But for those who are expecting a great deal of traffic, this may not be the optimum server choice. With a dedicated server, the company rents a server all to itself and doesn’t have to share anything with other websites.
But just what do you get with a dedicated server and is this large choice beneficial? Let’s examine the advantages of such a set-up.
No Sharing Required
With a shared server, you are at the mercy of the limitations placed by having to share resources. This means that the CPU processing power and RAM are all distributed (and not evenly) with the other sites on the server.
If a website on the server is running bad scripts that eat up lots of memory, then it can impact your website’s performance. The same is true if your server neighbors have a spike in website traffic. This can eat up the bandwidth on the server and slow your website down significantly.
With a dedicated server, however, you don’t have to share these resources. The full capacity of the server is at your disposal and you won’t have to worry about someone else slowing down your site.
That Includes IP Addresses
You also do not have to share an IP address with a dedicated server. In a shared server set-up, the server has only one IP address which means the multiple sites on the server all have the same IP address. If one of the other sites on the server is a spam site, it can hurt your SEO ranking with Google and other search engines.
Similarly, your site can be associated with adult sites on a shared server, which can hurt your ranking and also find your site blocked by those programs that mistake it for the other site on your server. If you are running an online business, this could prevent you from safely processing credit cards with your SSL certification.
Another major issue that is helped with a dedicated server is security. If a shared server site is hacked or becomes infected with malware, it increases the likelihood that the other sites on the server will also be breached and infected with these viruses. Once that happens, your website’s reputation will be ruined and you could potentially lose business.
With a shared server, you have a “one size fits all” mentality when it comes to server configurations. But with a dedicated server, you can specifically configure your server to work best with your website. This can include configuration for a CMS platform such as WordPress.
Additionally, as you rent your own dedicated server and do not buy one, it is easier to upgrade as your website outgrows your current home. You don’t have to worry about paying for the server equipment, software, or for upgrades nor will you have to pay for IT to run the server.
If the server does malfunction, then it is the responsibility of the hosting service to repair or replace it, a decided advantage over owning your own server.
Choosing Your Dedicated Server
One such web hosting service with dedicated servers is InMotion Hosting. We offer free SSD, which gives you twenty times faster load times for your website. We also feature a 99.999% uptime guarantee, one of the best in the industry, that will give you peace of mind that your website is always up and running for your customers and clients.