Why Choose Dedicated Hosting
Dedicated Hosting is where a customer leases an entire server from their web hosting provider. Their website is then hosted on this server, with no other websites sharing it. There are many advantages to choosing dedicated hosting.
If you choose dedicated hosting you have significantly more flexibility than with shared hosting. You have full control over the hardware and operating systems used which is of a great advantage to some.
Depending on the hosting company and the exact package you choose, administration assistance may be available. This isnt always the case but there are times when either all or part of the server administration can be done for you so you dont have to worry about it.
To many this is the key benefit of dedicated hosting. Choosing such an option means that you will be able to utilise the expertise of the hosting companies employees. Hosting is their job and they are experts in the field.
Support is another potentially important factor with dedicated hosting. Support should be available whenever you need it. This means that any problems are unlikely to be catastrophic. If you lack hosting expertise this could be particularly important as it could be problematic if you had to solve these issues yourself. It is common that your website hosting will be monitored twenty-four hours a day, three-hundred-and-sixty-five days a year.
Dedicated hosting is more secure than shared hosting. If you choose dedicated hosting your website will not be affected by other websites sharing the server because there are no other websites sharing the server. This makes dedicated hosting more reliable.
Dedicated servers have more available bandwidth. This means that they will be able to cope with a large amount of traffic or unexpected surges in traffic. This prevents the website slowing down or going offline altogether.
Large websites can be particularly helped by a dedicated server. Websites with hundreds of pages, those that attract and large amount of visitors, and those with large databases will require this type of hosting, as shared hosting will be unable to cope with the hosting demands.
The only real disadvantage of dedicated hosting is the price. It is more expensive that other types of hosting. But is this cost worth paying? Well, to some it is while to others it isnt. There is no real doubt that it is the most superior type of hosting but is that enough to make up for this price difference? Some websites simply dont have the requirements for dedicated hosting so for them it is not. But for websites that have the need for it the price difference is justifiable. For large websites with a high amount of traffic, for example, dedicated hosting is almost essential if the website is going to be a success. Even if this is not the case, if your website deals with confidential information (including payments) then dedicated hosting is a must. With benefits such as being able to use the hosting companys expertise, having support and the server being secure, this type of hosting will also give you peace of mind.
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Interoute offer a variety of hosting options, including Dedicated Hosting.