What Is A Dedicated Server?
A dedicated server is a single computer in a network reserved for serving the needs of the network. For example, some networks require that one computer be set aside to manage communications between all the other computers. A dedicated server could also be a computer that manages printer resources.
With dedicated servers for web hosting, a dedicated server is typically a rented service. The user rents the server, software and an Internet connection from the Web host. Dedicated servers from Compute Market are available starting at $140 per month during our Pre-Configured Dedicated Server Special.
When do you need a dedicated server?
As a new site developer or owner you generally opt for a shared hosting plan when you first launch your new website. Shared hosting is the cheapest option and launching a website on a budget is important. As your website grows, it’s important to know when to upgrade to something more substantial. There are plenty of options, and Compute Market dedicated servers are USA based servers with local customer service support.
Dedicated servers have enhanced security features and webpages load faster on dedicated servers. Dedicated hosting essentially means that your website has its own server all to itself. It offers immense power and flexibility, and are slightly higher priced than our virtual private servers.
Shared hosting stores your site on a server with other sites and users. For personal blogs or very small businesses, this shared hosting is sufficient. However, it’s not the best option for performance, and you also lose out on flexibility. Dedicated hosting gives you more control. Dedicated hosting is the plan of choice if you need the most power for your money.
4 Reasons You Would Use a Dedicated Server or Dedicated Hosting Instead of VPS or Shared Hosting
1. Your website is growing and needs to be able to handle an increase in traffic
If you anticipate that your website is going to grow quickly, it might be a good idea to opt for a dedicated server now. For example, if your site is still using shared hosting when your traffic spikes, its performance could drop significantly. This can be a slippery slope of higher bounce rates and loss of revenue. It’s important to give yourself time to migrate your site and ‘settle’ its performance before any potential problems arise.
Your site should be prepared to handle spikes of up to 30 times your normal daily traffic, to account for promotions and special events. If you’re not prepared, your site could crash or otherwise lead to a negative user experience (UX).
2. Security is a concern for your website
Security is important for every website, but especially for those handling sensitive information. This could include confidential emails, credit card numbers, or sensitive customer information. It’s crucial to protect this information and your website from viruses, hacks, and other risks.
With a dedicated server, you’re completely in charge of your site’s security. This means you can optimize the features you need for the specific requirements of your website and stored files. Of course, you’re also responsible for how these features are implemented, but this is one of the benefits of flexibility.
However, some hosts offer fully-managed and semi-managed maintenance plans. In a nutshell, you can often specify what both you and your host will be responsible for, which means you can trust an expert with mission-critical functionality, while handling all other concerns directly.
3. You’d like your page loading times to be optimal
Your page loading times can have a significant impact on practically all aspects of your website. Slow pages can lead to low engagement metrics and high bounce rates. A dedicated server can help you to optimize this aspect of your website as much as possible.
On a shared server, you won’t have any insight into when the server’s resources are being used elsewhere, which could make your site run slowly. Opting for a dedicated server will guarantee you have the bandwidth you need to enhance your page loading times.
4. Having control over your server is important to you
The final reason you may want to choose a dedicated server over other options is a simple one: control. We’ve alluded to this in previous sections, but dedicated hosting gives you complete responsibility over how you choose to use your server.
For example, you’re even free to choose the server software you prefer. If you favor the resource control of NGINX over Apache, you have the power to do so. Plus, you can adjust hardware specifications and install your own operating system (OS). Because of this, dedicated hosting may be an enticing option for advanced web developers, and those with unique and specific requirements.
Where You Can Get Dedicated Hosting
Many of the popular hosting companies offer plans on the whole spectrum of complexity and price. This means that you’ll often find cheap shared hosting setups and powerful dedicated servers from the same company. What sets Compute Market apart is that our servers are not only fast and secure, but they are based in the United States, and our customer service is local. If you are looking for a USA based hosting provider with excellent customer service call Compute Market Today
Do you have any questions about dedicated servers and why you might need one? Contact us today!