If you’re looking for the absolute best in web hosting platforms, then dedicated hosting is definitely the “five-star luxury suite” of the hosting world. But is it really worth the price?
For many businesses, the answer is “no” as there are other, cheaper alternatives that work just as well.
For the purposes of our analysis, let’s examine what you get with dedicated hosting as opposed to another alternative – cloud hosting – and look at which one will benefit your business the most.
What is Dedicated Hosting?
If you choose to pay for dedicated hosting, you will get the best hosting available. Companies just starting out tend to get shared hosting, where their website is one of hundreds all stored and run from the same server.
But with dedicated hosting, your site has a server all to itself. That means that you don’t have to share resources such as memory, storage, or processing power. Everything on the computer is all for your website.
However, it does have some disadvantages.
First among these is that you are going to be paying a lot of money for it. Secondly, if you want to change up and improve your site even more, you will have to upgrade to a new server.
Regardless of what you pay for your dedicated server, you are still constrained by the physical limitations of the server itself. If it has a 500 GB hard-drive, you can’t go over that without buying a new hard drive or buying a new server. And that can really run up your bill.
What’s Cloud Hosting?
With cloud hosting, your website is not stored on one individual server. Instead, it’s housed on multiple servers that are all connected in a cloud array. If one of your servers goes down, then your website will automatically switch over so that the other servers pick up the slack and you don’t notice the downtime.
Additionally, if something happens to the actual physical location of your server, such as a power failure or natural disaster like a flood, then the other servers (stored at different physical locations) will not be affected and your website will still run on those servers until the downed one can be restored.
Which Is Better?
The bottom line is that if you are paying a lot for a dedicated server, you may be paying for resources that you don’t need. Cloud hosting starts out cheaper and will only increase to be comparable to dedicated servers if you begin to scale upwards and need more resources.
In addition, cloud hosting gives you other advantages that dedicated hosting lacks. For instance, with a dedicated system, you will either have to run your own updates or backups or get a management plan to do this for you.
Cloud hosting is more automated as you will not have access to the administrative sides of the servers. This, however, can also be a downside if you are looking to exert complete control over your website and want to be able to optimize it to your specifications.
When it comes to processing speed, dedicated servers have a leg up on the competition. But, this advantage is negligible for many sites and only really impacts websites that are processing online orders.
As for downtime, you have to remember that if your dedicated server goes down, your website is down until you fix it. However, with a cloud system, you don’t have to worry about this potential downtime.
Weighing Your Options
There are definitely trade-offs with pros and cons on the comparison of cloud hosting and dedicated hosting. However, you should closely look at your needs for your website so that you don’t overpay for services or features that you don’t need. InMotion Hosting offers a variety of plans and can meet the needs of any business site.