Not sure if you need to upgrade to a dedicated hosting plan? Chances are if you’re considering it, it’s because you have a legitimate need.
Shared servers and VPS are excellent choices for many small business owners–but once you grow beyond a certain point, a dedicated hosting plan might make more sense. Between increased control and serious storage capacity, there are several reasons it might be the right option for you.
If you think it might be time for an upgrade, here are five reasons to take the leap:
When you have full control over your own server, the sky’s the limit on what you can do with your website.
You can customize the setup by modifying hardware, adding or removing software, running firewalls and antivirus software, or enabling/disabling functionalities. Need to reboot? Go ahead and do it–no one else is going to be affected.
While most VPS do offer some level of customization and control, it is nowhere near what you get with a dedicated hosting plan.
When you’re on a shared server, it’s likely that you will experience instances of downtime.
The problem with shared servers is that many different websites are using the same resources. If one of those websites offers a huge promotion that quadruples their usual levels of traffic, that traffic could then overwhelm the system and cause it to crash. Some hosting providers do have systems and processes in place to control resource usage on shared servers, to help prevent this from happening.
With a dedicated hosting plan, you don’t run into those types of surprises. You’re the only one utilizing those resources.
If your business has exceptionally high levels of traffic or requires more storage than normal, it may be time to upgrade to a dedicated hosting plan.
When you don’t have to share a server’s storage, you can host videos and downloadable content or utilize large applications without worrying that you’ll cause any issues to your system.
When you share a hosting service, you share everything–even potentially harmful malware and viruses.
If your business collects personal information on your clients (such as address, birthdate, or credit card number), this is especially important. A breach in security won’t only damage your business – it’ll put your customers at risk.
With a dedicated hosting service, you’re the only one using the server, so you don’t have to worry about outside problems affecting you. Plus, if there is an issue, it’s much easier to figure out what caused it.
Room to Expand
If business is going well and you want to start another website or branch off into new ventures, a dedicated hosting service will allow you to do that. With greater resources at your disposal, you can maintain and operate several websites without issue.
Bonus: Dedicated Support
Dedicated server hosting is usually far more expensive than shared types of hosting, and as such, it comes with some exclusive benefits. For example, most providers (including us) will provide a dedicated team of customer support staff to solve any problems you might have.
The fact is, many small business owners don’t know how to maintain and operate a server–so that support staff is critical. Without the appropriate assistance, you risk errors, poor performance, and downtime–and then you’re not much better off than you were before.
Not every website requires a dedicated server, but once you reach a certain size, it just makes sense. We offer a variety of Dedicated Server Plans to suit your needs. If you’re ready to upgrade to a dedicated hosting plan, reach out to one of our reps today to learn how we can help you.