You'd be forgiven for thinking that everyone needs a shared hosting provider but it isn't for everyone! There are pros & cons just like any product, so do your research before you buy!
Unleash the Power of Unlimited Dedicated Hosting
By Tim Brown
Not every Web project is going to require an unlimited dedicated host. With dedicated hosting, your website receives exclusive use of an entire server instead of being housed with other customers’ sites. A personal blog that does not generate high traffic will do just fine on a shared server. However, if you are a hosting reseller, run a large data firm, manage a gaming site, or share streaming files, an unlimited dedicated server can provide the performance you need. With a dedicated server, each site has its own unique IP address. So, you’ll get a better ranking in your search engine results page (SERP), too. Beyond performance and higher SERP scores, here are some other benefits to consider with unlimited dedicated hosting.
Reliability. With your own server, you have access to all of the resources contained within the full server environment. You don’t have any neighbors to crash your party, meaning your site’s uptime rate is significantly higher as compared to a shared server. That also means you can handle traffic spikes and heavy usage demands like media streaming.
Security. Not only does being isolated on a server add to reliability, it also creates security. With shared or virtual private server (VPS) hosting, viruses and data from other tenants could leak onto your website causing CPU and RAM blockage. Because yours is the only online project on the entire server, you don’t have to worry about that. If you are going to be conducting secure credit card transactions over SSL or sharing sensitive files via FTP, there is no fear of malicious or spammy neighbors compromising the data.
Control. With a dedicated server, unlimited control is right at your fingertips. You have root and administrator access so you can create custom software configurations and install programs. Having access to root administrative tools means you can monitor all of your resources and their usage. You’ll be able to identify potential trouble spots, predict behavior, determine workarounds, and execute new techniques.
Flexibility. Because you have the whole server, you are able to configure the entire environment as the needs of your online project demand. You determine the operating system you will run. You might use Windows or a more common LAMP configuration. RAM and disk space can be added and removed with ease. Plus, software and applications can be modified and customized for your site. Also—because you are in essence renting the server and not owning it—there is no overhead and nothing to purchase, so you can change part or all of the structure with little financial impact.
With a clearer concept of the features and benefits, you should now know if your website is a candidate for dedicated hosting instead of shared or VPS. There are a lot of hosting providers out there offering unlimited dedicated servers. Shop wisely. Dedicated hosting is certainly not inexpensive. However, for the reliability, security, control, and flexibility you receive, it may very well be worth the investment.
Check out our Web hosting guide to learn more about dedicated, shared, and VPS hosting providers and how to find a plan that works best for your online project.