Jan 132012
 

What is a dedicated server and is it right for me?

When looking for a web host, you have to consider the size of your site in terms of storage requirements, the processing power required and the bandwidth required to handle your traffic. Most people start with a basic shared web hosting service, then graduate to VPS hosting and then to dedicated servers. If you have a large website, that generates a lot of traffic, it would be better to consider a dedicated server.

Dedicated hosting or dedicated web server means that you are assigned a web server that hosts only your site(s) and is not shared with anybody else.

There are advantages and disadvantages associated with dedicated servers.

Advantages of a dedicated server

  • The main advantage is that your website is the sole user of the server. Other websites cannot affect your sites performance.
  • Unless your dedicated server is underpowered, your users will experience better response times that translate to greater customer satisfaction with your web services.
  • With dedicated hosting, you can have your hardware and software tailored to meet your needs. You can always change them as and when needed.
  • You get at least one static IP address that is unique to your site. That is a requirement for many secure sites that hosts a shopping cart. You can have several static IPs if your applications so require.
  • A static IP is also better for your SEO efforts. You don’t share your IP and accordingly the activity of others does not affect your site and your IP.

Disadvantages of a dedicated server

  • The main disadvantage is cost. The improved performance and the ability to customize to your needs come at a price and it better deliver in increased revenue or reduced costs elsewhere.
  • Another disadvantage of dedicated servers is the management of the server. You must have in-house technical support or outsourced support to take care of your server. If you are willing to pay more, you can always opt for a managed dedicated web server where the hosting service also provides you technical support.
  • If you don’t mind paying a little more, you can have a fully customizable dedicated server with better speed, security, storage and bandwidth for a better user experience and greater productivity of your own employees.


Jan 122012
 

Who needs VPS hosting and why

Anyone who plans to create and publish their own website on the internet needs an efficient web hosting server to do so. While looking for the right host for your website, you will find that there are various web hosting options to choose from, at various rates and with various resources.

The cheapest option you have is shared web hosting where quite a few websites share the same server and the most expensive option is a dedicated server where you have a whole server for your website. In the midst of these two options is a third type of web hosting service, the VPS or Virtual Private Server hosting account.

In case of VPS hosting, only a few clients share a robust server. The server has a very special software installed that makes each client believe they have a dedicated server – even though it’s not. They have guaranteed resources available and one client’s load does not affect the others. They can even reboot their VPS server without knocking off everybody else.

VPS hosting does cost more than a shared plan but considerably less than a dedicated server.

Advantages of VPS hosting

The main advantage of VPS hosting is that when compared to cheap hosting options, its packages are much more flexible and robust. You have more control over its resources. Unlike shared hosting where you have limited resources and no control, with VPS hosting, if you experience an increase in your website traffic, you can easily buy more resources to help handle this traffic.

The second advantage of VPS hosting is that you are provided with a unique IP address. With this unique IP address, you don’t have to bear the brunt of any problems all the other people using the same server and IP go through in a shared setup. So unlike shared hosting, you need not worry about getting knocked down the Google search results for your site just because somebody else sharing that IP was doing something that Google frowns upon.

As you have your own IP address in VPS Hosting, your site is provided with excellent security and high flexibility. VPS hosting has the advantages of a dedicated server without the high price tag and is suitable for small businesses that are not yet ready to have dedicated servers.

Disadvantages

Like all web hosting options, VPS hosting has its share of disadvantages. The main disadvantage is that since you are in control of software installation, maintenance, security and updates, you need to have in-house technical expertise to handle it. In other words, you are in charge of monitoring and maintaining your own web hosting service. If you don’t have such expertise in-house, you will have to outsource it and that raises your cost.

Visit VPS Hosting – Review and Comparison for a list of companies that provide VPS hosting along with their pricing tiers and resource allocations.