If you are familiar with web hosting terms you probably know there are many types of web hosting. One of them is the dedicated server also named ‘dedicated hosting service’ and ‘managed hosting service’. This term means that a client leases a whole server without sharing it with anyone. Many people or businesses lease dedicated servers for building multiple websites and storing huge amounts of data.
Dedicated servers are more flexible than shared hosting as the owner has full control over the server, including the hardware and operating system. There is also another level of dedicated server called complex dedicated hosting’ and that includes virtual servers, hybrid servers and physical dedicated servers. I am telling you this because I know from experience that many companies choose a hybrid dedicated server that is a combination of the virtual and physical servers. The main difference between the standard and the complex hosting solution is in the engineering and administrative support the client is getting for the money he pays. The provider is in charge of the biggest part of the management, including IT software, security, storage and memory. Dedicated servers are usually hosted in data centers that provide HVAC systems and redundant power sources. Although the buyer holds full control of the server, the provider still owns the server hardware and they provide support for the client’s applications and operating systems in some cases.
A dedicated server is usually rented to provide a certain amount of hard disk space, memory and bandwidth which means a certain number of gigabytes that will be delivered monthly. If you want to do virtual hosting yourself, there are some dedicated server providers that allow that, you just need to find them. They usually include ‘File Transfer Protocol’ capabilities, e-mail and domain name system in their services and some companies even include easy-to-use and robust control panels.
Do I need a dedicated server?
You might be thinking about getting a dedicated server and wondering if you really need it. Well, there are a few signs that show whether you need that. One of them is a slowdown in performance. Once you made sure it is not caused by some bug in your PHP or your CGI coding you can know you need a dedicated server if your page loading time is increasing, pages can’t be served because the server is overloaded and the database requests often cause error messages because of the high volume. In these cases my best advice is to start looking for a dedicated server fast, before you lose your visitors.
Even if you need a dedicated server you must ask yourself if you will be able to handle it once you purchased. If you are confident that you will be able to install and upgrade security patches and software then you are ready to buy a dedicated server. If you don’t know how to install the software you can opt for a managed dedicated server and so you pat your web host some extra money to handle all these things. This is the best way to use a dedicated server without making fatal mistakes because of lack of experience.
You also need a dedicated server when you need more software and can’t wait for the provider to install them on the shared server. Shared hosting plans usually include quite a large number of software but the disadvantage of them is that you have to wait for the provider to install the updated versions because the upgrades will affect all the websites on the server and not only yours.