Hosting your website on a dedicated server gives you the most control over security, so you can have a stable and safe website. If you are running a business website or popular website and cannot afford any downtime, consider using a dedicated server with nearly 100% uptime.
Many web developers pick a shared hosting plan for their first plan because it is more economical and, usually, has enough features for brand new websites. However, since many websites share the same server on a shared plan, when one website gets a sudden surge of traffic, all of the others hosted on the server will experience slow loading times. Your visitors will soon become frustrated with a slow website, and you may start to lose traffic. Using a dedicated server eliminates slow loading times caused by high traffic on other websites and offers stability.
Hosting with a dedicated server also gives you more customization options. In order to take full advantage of these options, you should be proficient in programming and building websites. Some hosting options include support, but others do not. Learning how to modify your server gives you the power to use all the resources that are included with your hosting plan.
Better website performance and more customization options are good reasons for upgrading your hosting options, but those aren’t the only benefits. Having a dedicated server allows you to manage data better. Your website may have a large database and large video files saved on the server for visitors to stream on their computer. This uses a lot of bandwidth, especially if your visitors upload and download from your website throughout the day. With a dedicated server, you control all resources so you can be sure that bandwidth is available for all users.
Using a dedicated hosting plan also means you will have dedicated email for your website. Emails sent to and from your domain name are more secure and less likely to be reported as spam. You can also install firewalls and scanning software to protect your server and email attachments. This level of protection just isn’t possible with shared hosting plans. If a website that you share a server with sends spam email, your emails could be flagged as spam by top email providers, and your customers may never receive your messages.
Moving from shared hosting to a dedicated server is an expensive step up, but it is an investment in your website and business. With less downtime and faster loading speeds, traffic will increase and visitors will spend more time on your website. You can also add disk space and RAM to the server as needed, so you will not run out of bandwidth.
If moving to a dedicated server is too great of an expense for your growing business, another option is a virtual private server (VPS). This is an option that gives you the the stability and faster loading times of a dedicated server, but offers affordability like a shared hosting plan. Using a VPS gives you valuable security features at a price small business owners can afford. A VPS isn’t quite as dependable as dedicated hosting, but it is more dependable than using a shared server.
Moving to a dedicated server for your website to be hosted on gives you the best stability with almost 100% uptime and faster loading times. Faster loading times can help your website gain search engine rank, which helps you gain more organic traffic. If you are outgrowing your current shared hosting plan, or think you will in the near future, consider dedicated hosting rather than buying a bigger shared hosting package. Upgrading is expensive, but it is a worthwhile investment as your website will be able to handle more traffic and always be available for your customers.
Brian F. is the Social Media Specialist at InMotion Hosting, a Los Angeles webhosting company. You can follow him on Twitter @BrianAflores.