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Dedicated Servers vs. Shared Servers

When setting up an internet server for a large business, you don’t want to have to go through another person or jump through hoops to try and customize it to fit your needs. That might work fine if you are only running a small business, but if you expect lots of employees and customers to come to your website, just using a shared server can cause lots of problems. Instead, you may want to look into getting a dedicated server. There are many benefits to having a dedicated site for your business including full control, better privacy settings, and faster data transfer

Performance Differences

The more people that share a server, the slower the connection will go. You can think of the server as a kind of virtual highway. Just like driving on a highway goes slower when there are more cars on the road, when more people view websites using a shared server, all of the web pages they are viewing will load slower. This can be incredibly frustrating to customers trying to view your site as well as to employees who may be trying to do work on the site. A managed hosting site would allow you far higher bandwidth and data transfer than a shared service would. Unless you want to lose customers, you don’t want to take the chance of your site slowing down or crashing altogether.

Customizable Security

Another great benefit to having your own server for your website is the heightened security options that are available to you. If you are using a shared server, you often only have the very limited options that it offers you. If your business deals with any personal data transfers, then you will want to have the best security that you can. Hosting services know how much their clients depend on the security of their site, and so make the customizable options the best they can. Wouldn’t it be a great comfort to you and your customers to know that your site had extra protection against all kinds of spam, viruses, and hackers?

Put Yourself in Control

Probably customers’ favorite advantage to having their own server is the control that they have over their website. If you are only using a shared server, you may find the options offered to you are rather limited. But when you use a dedicated server, not only do you get to choose which type of operating system to use, but you also can choose what type of hardware to install and fully manage any part of your server until it’s exactly like you want it to be. There are also various levels of management you can distribute between yourself and the hosting company. If you aren’t very computer savvy or just don’t have a lot of time, you can choose a partially managed plan. On the other hand, if you want absolute control of your site, you can find an option that provides that for you as well. As you can see, if you have a large business, getting your own server is a much better option than using a shared server.

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