Dedicated web hosting pros and cons. Why use it?

Last updated 03-12-2022

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Dedicated web hosting pros and cons. Why use it?

Disadvantages of dedicated hosting.

  • It is much more expensive than other hosting systems.
  • You need a lot of technical knowledge about web servers and about how to install and configure software for servers.
  • So you spend more time setting up, configuring and maintaining your server. This means that there is less time for design of your website, marketing and SEO (search engine optimization).
  • You are responsible and liable for security. If third parties suffer damage as a result of security holes in your server or software, you can be held liable.
  • If there are technical problems, repairs can take a relatively long time.
  • Less good for the environment (less efficient than virtual servers).

Advantages of dedicated hosting.

  • You are your own boss and you have complete freedom to do whatever you want with the server as long as nothing illegal is done with it.
  • You have root access. This means that your login is at the administrator level which means you have full control over your server without any restrictions.
  • Your server is not shared with others so the security is greater and you have access to the full resources which are the CPU (central processing unit), RAM (the memory) and web space.
  • Much more computing power at your disposal than with shared hosting or your own VPS.
  • No nuisance from other users on the dedicated server.
  • Higher availability through better redundancy.
  • Lower TTFB (Time to first byte is a metric for determining the responsiveness of servers) by customizing caches.
  • More stability, reliability (uptime) and speed than with shared hosting.
  • A dedicated server allows you any customization of your server for processing power, memory, storage space and software.
  • Your server will have it’s own unique IP address.
  • No overhead for buying or maintaining equipment.

Benefits and drawbacks of dedicated hosting offered by Linux Hosts Inc.

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Long explanation.

Advantages and disadvantages of a dedicated server.

When you’re busy with a web project, one of the most important decisions is the choice of web hosting service. There are many hosting providers on the market offering different hosting options. Shared hosting is the most used service since it’s the one that offers the lowest prices and its features cover the needs of most websites. However, sometimes it is not the most appropriate system for projects that need greater server capacity and more configuration options.

Table of Contents:

  • What is a dedicated server.
  • Characteristics of a dedicated server.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of dedicated web hosting.
  • When is dedicated used?
  • Dedicated vs VPS.
  • Cloud vs dedicated server.
  • Dedicated web hosting pros and cons – a conclusion.

What is a dedicated server?

A dedicated server is a computer used by only one customer to host websites, applications or other web projects. This client has the possibility of configuring the web server according to his needs.

Dedicated servers are usually installed in data centers, with the physical care of the equipment and access to the network being the responsibility of the service provider.

Characteristics of a dedicated server.

The main characteristics that define a dedicated server are:

  • These servers are usually located in data centers and are single-tenant.
  • A dedicated machine provides high speeds, has a large processing power, combined with maximum memory and storage space.
  • The machine is taken care of by always available specialized technicians working for the data center and/or the service provider.

Advantages and disadvantages of dedicated web hosting.

Advantages of dedicated hosting.

  • Server control. A dedicated server has the highest degree of configuration options for a customer. Further, the installed applications and other software as well as the operating system, can be chosen by the client, thus granting the user more control over the hosting features than with other types of hosting.
  • Availability of all resources. The main benefits of dedicated hosting is that all the resources of the machine are available to the user. Available resources include your server’s storage space, memory, processing power, and the rate at which it can transfer data.
  • Increased security. The exclusivity offered by a dedicated hosting service is related to an increase in security by not sharing any resource with other clients.
  • Vertical scalability. If necessary, this type of server can increase its resources, for example, by installing a new hard disk or increasing the RAM memory.

Disadvantages of dedicated hosting server.

  • High price. Without a doubt, the main disadvantage of this type of service is its high cost, especially when compared to other options such as shared, semi-dedicated and VPS solutions. This is due to the fact that all the cost of maintaining the server are for a single client
  • More complex to manage. With dedicated hosting it is necessary to have a good knowledge of server management. Think of security optimization, installation of operating systems and software, file and directory management, and other functions that only a  system administration professional is capable of performing. This is the reason why many web hosting companies offer managed services for dedicated servers. This means that a company that has its own dedicated server, (whether on premise or in a data center), hires the provider for maintenance and administration (total or partial) of said server. This solution is interesting in cases where having a technical team in the company is not possible.
  • Slower scalability than VPS. Making changes to a dedicated server such as a new hard disk or increasing the RAM costs time and possibly also money.
  • Slower solution of possible technical failures compared to VPS services.

When is dedicated used?

With increased data traffic on certain types of websites it can occur that ordinary web hosting options where people share a server with others are no longer sufficient. Such a company may require more disk space, bandwidth, RAM and security measures and can have more specific requirements for the server on which its website runs. A dedicated server is the solution for these customers.

There are two types of projects where a dedicated server is the best hosting option:

Large flow of web traffic.

Projects that generate large amounts of web traffic and information flows will benefit from using dedicated hosting. A good example of this are very busy online shopping or auction sites in need of speedy website loading times and without any downtime.

Settings customization.

Some web projects require special configurations or specific software installations on the server in order to function properly. In the cases that these options are not available, or are not compatible with shared hosting or other solutions, a dedicated hosting package will be the best solution.

Dedicated vs VPS.

  • The main reason why a company prefers the dedicated solution over VPS is the fact that VPS is basically shared hosting. After all, the web server is shared with others and, in case of cheap VPS offers, sometimes hundreds of customers can be put on one and the same VPS web server. This automatically means that there is a security risk. After all, if something goes wrong with one of the other customers, such as spamming, DDos attacks or hacking, it can also adversely affect your own VPS.
  • On the other hand, a virtual server has the advantage that its scalability is much better for the simple reason that it works much faster than with dedicated hosting. Think of increasing the RAM for example or improving the CPU.
  • Another advantage of VPS is that any technical problems can be solved in no time, something that can take a long time with dedicated solutions.

Cloud vs dedicated server.

  • That is also a good comparison, especially now that all large companies are opting for the cloud. However, the answer is the same again: cloud hosting is shared hosting! You share the cloud with very large numbers of other customers. However, it is true that in this case there is less security risk because it concerns virtual servers. These virtual servers are strictly separated from each other, so the security risk is smaller than with shared hosting. However, let’s not forget that with dedicated web hosting this is a lot better for the simple reason that, if configured properly, these risks are completely eliminated, something that is not possible with cloud hosting.
  • In addition, we must not forget that, in the case of the cloud, your web project is hosted by large numbers of data centers located all over the world. And, you have no influence on what happens in those data centers unlike with dedicated hosting where you have your own server in only one specific data center or on your own premises.
  • And then, finally, another strong argument in favor of the dedicated solution: with dedicated services you have all the power in configuring your own web server, while the configuration options in the cloud are much more limited.

Dedicated web hosting pros and cons – a conclusion.

As you have read, there are many advantages and disadvantages to having a dedicated server. The main advantage is the freedom you have. The most obvious drawback is the high price. Taking the latter into account, we can consider the dedicated plans of Linux Hosts Inc. (see the start of this article) as a good choice. These plans are from $80 a month and you have all the advantages of top quality dedicated servers. They also have very interesting VPS offers that are much cheaper (from $11 a month). Scroll up to the start of this article and click the link. Thanks for reading and good luck!