Right away, a client browsing web hosting plans will notice how much higher the price of dedicated hosting is compared with shared hosting. The difference is huge, but so are the demands of running a dedicated server. There are definitely pros and cons from the client’s point of view and from that of the web hosting company.
This is, quite literally, a server which is reserved for one client. A firm arranges this service and doesn’t share it with anyone. Web hosting firms which offer dedicated hosting supply individual servers for companies with deep pockets and large amounts of traffic. There are also many other benefits to these arrangements.
Downside of Dedicated Hosting
I’ll get to the negatives first, though, because this list is pretty short. Cost is the number one disadvantage to dedicated hosting plans. These costs are, in some sense, necessary although they are usually inflated because that’s how business works.
Companies have to make profits and make the stress of supplying security and uptime to their clients worthwhile. Hosting firms have to be extremely savvy about internet technologies and security, etc., or at least hire a very competent team if buying dedicated servers is going to be a sensible investment in the long run.
Upside of Dedicated Hosting
There are plenty of good reasons to order a hosting plan with access to a dedicated server if your business is booming and traffic is heavy. “Traffic” refers to the number of visitors received during a period of time which one can establish by accessing Google Analytics. This shows both the number of visitors and also the number of conversions (visitors who purchased something) for sites that sell stuff online.
Many of the clients who sign up for dedicated hosting, however, are uninterested in selling stuff over the internet. They post information for their clients here such as phone numbers and email addresses. Visitors rely on these websites as resource pages. They are clients of major legal firms; students from large academic institutions; and viewers of media pages. Lots of clients never buy a thing, but they still expect a website to be “up” all the time.
Dedicated hosting is considered more secure than shared hosting since there is just one IP address; one corporate client. Security is one of the most significant issues facing companies in the physical and virtual realms, and it’s so much easier to protect that when no one else is even on your territory.
A team of experts is always watching the server, constantly maintaining and protecting it from technical failure and threats. Think of this as a private hotel room instead of a campsite where people aren’t wandering around in front of your tent and you don’t have to share a toilet.
Customer service is also optimized for these clients. While shared hosting clients have to submit a ticket, clients with dedicated hosting packages are treated as premium or preferred customers who don’t have to wait in line. They are VIPs.
Also, dedicated packages are so expensive that many extras are thrown in and services are expanded which would have to be paid for on an individual basis by clients of shared hosting or they would be affected by tighter limits. These include website management, SSL certification, bandwidth and storage capacity, and the number of emails or domain names available to the client.