All About The Dedicated Server

Article Posted by Expert Author: Nancy Ruskus  on 04/17/2013

In your search for a web host, you have most likely come across the term 'dedicated server'. The dedicated server is just that: a server dedicated to you and you alone. Usually, a web site is hosted in a space that's shared by other users, hence the term 'shared hosting'. Where shared hosting may be less expensive, it also allows for slower data transfer rates.

If you need a lot of space to store large files or a large number of files, and if you want a higher degree of security, then a dedicated server may be something to consider. A dedicated server gives you full control over your web site. Conversely, if you don't have the time to keep a dedicated server up and running or you need to own your own server, then the dedicated server option is likely not for you.

Having a dedicated server means much more responsibility on your part. This is because in a dedicated server scenario, all of the maintenance is up to you. If your server happens to crash, it will be up to you to fix it. If a new version of web server software is released, the onus is on you to install it as soon as possible so that your site will be less vulnerable to hacker attacks.

Having a dedicated server also means that, despite all of the control, you don't actually own the server itself. This means that you cannot move the server to another location or perform upgrades on the server hardware. Last, but not least, the cost to obtain a dedicated server can run you into hundreds of dollars every month. This is for the dedicated service as well as the bandwidth you use as a result of the traffic your web site receives.

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