Tips For Choosing Good Dedicated Server Hosting

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Because the vast majority of website owners tend to be on a relatively tight budget, very few of them are able to break away from shared web hosting. Of course we all know that it's far better to have your own dedicated server, but we also know that it's an expensive option.

Fortunately however, it looks as though things are changing at last. This is largely due to the arrival of cloud computing, but even though the prices have come down considerably in recent times, it still remains a web hosting solution not many people can afford.

Generally speaking, dedicated server hosting is a web hosting solution favoured by large websites that receive a vast amount of traffic each day. Because they are receiving so many visitors, they require a solution which guarantees not only reliability, but also unparalleled performance. On the downside, it comes with a high price tag, but in return for your money, you get to benefit from a higher level of security, and of course you have the ability to manage your server in any way you see fit.

When you decide to use dedicated server hosting you are able to install and use any hardware or software of your choice. By comparison, if you use shared hosting, you're unable to make any changes at all to the operating system of the server in question.

Website owners who decide that they require their own dedicated server will notice that there are basically two types of hosting options available to them. They can either opt for a managed dedicated server, or else they can opt for an unmanaged dedicated server. Those who opt for the managed version don't only get the equipment they require, but instead, they also receive assistance if need be, and of course they're entitled to ongoing customer support. For example, if you choose a managed server, and you later decide you need a certain application installed; you could make your request to the hosting provider.

If on the other hand you opt for an unmanaged dedicated server, your hosting provider won't be available to offer you any assistance whatsoever. In other words, if you choose this option, you take on complete responsibility, and if you're not familiar with such matters, or if you don't have much time available, there's a strong possibility you'll encounter several problems along the way. Basically, unless you feel 100% confident with managing your own server, you'd be better off considering a managed dedicated server.

As is to be expected, managed dedicated server hosting is slightly more expensive than unmanaged server hosting, but of course this is because of the administration fee. Before you choose a specific hosting provider, you should also determine whether or not you'll have the option of changing over from one type of server to the other at a later stage should you ever become confident at managing your own server.

Of course the biggest advantage of all regarding dedicated servers is that you don't share them with any other websites, and that in turn means that you have peace of mind in knowing that your server's performance will not be affected by other websites receiving large amounts of traffic.

A quick bit of online research will soon show just how many hosting providers are out there, but you should never be tempted to dive in head-first, no matter how good a certain deal may sound. If for some reason you feel comfortable with one particular provider, you should still make sure they have a proven track record, you should read through a number of testimonials left by other customers, and you should also try and read a few reviews of the different types of servers they have available.

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This article was published on 2010/07/09