Host Your Online Business on Dedicated Servers – Here’s Why


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Host Your Online Business on Dedicated Servers – Here’s Why

Let’s go straight in the head with this one.

When you think about developed online business, your first thought probably wouldn’t be web hosting, at least not as a backbone to it. But the truth is, reliable, strong and secure servers are as important to your business as your employees, ideas, products and services.

Web hosting should be one of the crucial components for any serious business trying to make it on the wild wild web.

Which is the exact same reason most businesses will spend quite some time in hunt for the best hosting service for the job.

When 365/24/7 accessibility and online security are in question, random web hosting provider and weak and overcrowded servers — just won’t do.

Let’s imagine you run an online shoe shop.

Business is good. Your online platform is user-friendly, secure and stable.

You chose your web hosting carefully. It suits your needs, it follows the rules of online business and necessities of the industry.

However, those businesses in search for more direct power and control, may need a specialist co-op who offers dedicated hosting.

A shared hosting is typicallу the option most websites out there are likely to work with. And it can be just the thing they need while business blossoms. Then, they can easily switch to VPS.

But there’s a catch, though.

Shared hosting can’t quite offer you the unwavering security and uptime that basically, goes by default with Dedicated server hosting.

To understand completely why, the heck, a Dedicated server hosting would be the best possible solution for your business, let’s list all those advantages of using this type of hosting.

1. Selectiveness of Server Resources

Not sharing your server with others, simply, means that only you have the final decision and complete control over how those assets are appropriated.

Why is this important? – Well, because the stress and sweat over how your fellow server roommates could be (mis)using it, is long gone with Dedicated hosting. The floor is completely yours. No more data transfer capacity constraint and no more backing off your server. Wіth a dedicated server, you are the main man who chooses which applications, scripts or projects will keep running on thе server. This, of course, means only one — superior security for your online business.

2. Upgraded execution and security

X-men level of security offered by Dedicated server hosting, rather than Shared or even VPS hosting, is one of top pros for picking up this sort of server. Additionally, choosing a dedicated web hosting provider, gives you the ultimate uptime for your site.

Yes, shared hosting could be the bеѕt solution for sites with low to medium activity. In case уоur website gets a considerable amount of visits or overall site activity, however, think about switching to a dedicated server. It’ll provide you with way more stability, security and unwavering quality than any server with hundreds of different websites on it will ever do. With all due respect to all shared hosting solutions out there.

With a dedicated server, you can relax a bit.

Rest assured that your website won’t be an easy victim to a vindictive site or a potential spammer. Dedicated hosting permits improved safety, essential for organizations working with touchy data exchanges over FTP or SSL. This sort of iron strong security offered by dedicated server is important for organizations dealing with delicate and/or personal information on a daily basis. Nobody likes unwanted leaks, hacks, malware. Nobody wants their identity to be stolen, right?

3. Dependability and Performance

As you have already figured out, using dedicated server is like renting a home solely for yourself or your family. You don’t share space with other families in the building.

With unlimited access tо your own server resources, server downtimes are near to become a thing of the past. Meaning, your website’s accessibility is, clearly, expanded.

People choose managed dedicated server, so that they never have to fight with system administration, responsibility or techy inconveniences completely by themselves. Let professionals handle what they do best, and what are, as your Managed Dedicated Web Hosting provider, paid for.

4. Dedicated IP address

Every server has its own unique IP address.

That means nothing to you? Let’s break it up a bit.

When you host your site on shared hosting, you inhabit a flat in a building with lots of other people. And all of you, share exactly the same address with only one difference: apartment number. And that is your IP address. Every site on shared hosting will have a similar IP.

On the other side, living in a house comes with one unique address. Just like renting a dedicated server.

With separate IP, you can relax and breathe in the air. No activity of other server users (like on shared or VPS e.g.) will have a single impact on you. No stress on that side.

Additionally, having a dedicated IP is a must  for eCommerce websites requiring SSL for handling sensitive data and credit cards.

5. Technical Support and System Administration

No matter how skilled and experienced system admin or a web developer you are, wild is the internet.

It can easily happen that you get blindsided without any solution to the problem. Intelligent and eligible round-the-clock technical support is a real lifesaver in these situations. Specialized professional will always be there to help you.


Should You Invest in a Dedicated Server?

If you have the need for it, yes. Stating the obvious, but you get it.

And, without a doubt, shared hosting is way cheaper thаn dedicated one is.

This sort of investing deserves careful consideration and well-thought decision. Take your time, calculate your costs.

If you have a simple food or fashion blog, and you don’t consider or even anticipate serious development at any point in the future, shared hosting or VPS will do you good.

But, if you own an online shop, huge news website or a game app, with lots of potential critical situations and scattered traffic, get yourself a dedicated server. Please do.

No question about whether you’ll need it.

‘Till next time, lot’s of love from AltusHost!

5 Successful Business Owners Discuss The Importance of Investing in Good Web Hosting

When it comes to investing in your online presence, most business owners tend to think about everything else but web hosting. They focus on design, paid traffic, content monetization – basically everything else instead of a solid foundation for their website.

I don’t know when this exactly started, but nowadays the importance of selecting a good web host has taken a backseat to almost every other website related thing.

I find this phenomena quite hard to understand.

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If you think of your website as your digital home, then you have to visualize your hosting as the foundation and the roof for that very same building.

No One Wants a House with a Leaky Roof and Holes in the Floor

In my experience, most small businesses end up making the wrong choice in the beginning because they do not properly evaluate their needs. They tend to think only about the price of certain web hosting deal, instead of how a certain provider will affect their business.

As I already wrote on this blog, choosing a suitable web hosting can be a tricky thing. Why? – Well, mainly because there are so many companies out there to choose from. Some of them are good, but most of them are just awful.

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Although it’s tempting to select a free hosting service for your website, there are A LOT of factors that suggest that you’d be making the worst possible choice for yourself and your business.

Selecting the right web hosting company is one of the most important tasks you have to perform when working on your website. It can be difficult for inexperienced online business professionals to find the right hosting plan for their website without asking for help.

In order to demonstrate the real value behind having a great hosting solution for your digital home, I have decided to reach out to a few online businessmen and ask them just how big of a role good hosting plays in their and their clients success:

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We run a site which gets 25K users per month, and close to 40K pageviews. We do know and understand the importance of a great host. Here are the top reasons for us choosing a great host:

Website Speed 

Having a fast site is critical for a positive user experience. When users have to wait for a site to load for more than a couple of seconds, they lose faith in that site. This perception is not really conscious. It’s just tedious to use a slow site and users simply abandon it. Several studies have proved this over and over again. A close location to your target demographic is also very important. If your primary visitors are in the UK, host your site in a European (preferably UK data centre)

Load

There are times when a site gets a surge of traffic. If the web host can not handle the load, it’s going to slow down the site. This will kill the sales or traffic which you had worked so hard to get.

These two reasons by themselves are great sales enablers. You won’t miss any sales whilst making the most of the leads you get.

The rest of the tips are bad side effects of choosing a bad host – these are experiences we’ve had in the past with cheap hosts.

Security 

Most users don’t really understand web security. Installing and forgetting a WordPress or Joomla site is a deadly mistake. A good host should handle critical security updates on your CMS, besides proactively blocking any unpatched vulnerabilities to prevent your site from getting hacked.

Support 

One would hope that one does not need support often. Unfortunately, at the point when you need it, you really need to find good support. Cheap hosts typically man their support centres with junior stuff and have long support response times. At those critical points when your site is down, you’ll need excellent, responsive support. You can’t skimp on that.

IP Neighbourhood 

Cheap hosts are more likely to not care about the sites they host. These could be spammy sites sending lots of garbage. Without your knowledge, you could be sharing IPs with these bad sites. This will tarnish the reputation of your own website, resulting in low mail delivery rates, potential blocking by web filters and other nasty consequences.

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A stable, fast hosting plan is invaluable for getting conversions on your website. Site speed is often considered a ranking signal, and research has shown that site bounces increase in a correlational manner to load time.

After 4 seconds of load time, you’re likely to lose 25% of site visitors before they ever reach a page on your site.

A hosting plan capable of accommodating speed upgrades, that has upgraded servers and the ability to incorporate caching and a CDN, will help you even before you’ve started marketing your site, and speed capabilities will help keep visitors that would have otherwise been lost.

If, for instance, you have a 1 second load time for the life of your website, you’ll have about a 5% bounce rate due to load times; compare that to a 25% bounce rate with a 4+ second load time, and that’s a lot of lost potential conversions lost over time, about 20% more!

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Hosting is something I talk about with my web design clients a lot because it can be a hard decision and a very important one.

It is a hard decision for non-tech businesses because there are seemingly limitless options when it comes to web hosting, and they often only compare pricing rather than features offered. Or, they go with the big name that they’ve heard advertised on TV because of brand recognition, regardless of whether or not it’s a viable choice for them.

While cost is certainly a major factor, especially for entrepreneurs and small businesses, it obviously shouldn’t be the only factor. If a business is not hiring a separate designer/developer to help with their website and guide their choices, they need to consider a variety of factors.

One, is the host optimized for the type of site they want to use? Does the host service WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, or any of the myriad other content management platforms? Or, do they cater more towards the code it from scratch website builders? If you sign up with a host that doesn’t support your preferred method of site building, then you have wasted time in getting your site running, and money by spending it on a solution that wouldn’t work for you in the first place.

What other services does the host offer? Does your business need someone to design and build your site for you? Does your host provide that service? What about domain-specific email? What about security options? Is your site safe from hackers? Is your client information protected? Knowing what your business needs in *addition* to hosting is critical.

Is it reliable? Seriously, do the research! Get recommendations from people in the profession, or from people with experience hosting their websites. You don’t want to sign up with a host whose servers are regularly on the fritz. No matter how much awesome content your website generates, if it’s not live, it’s not being seen.

One thing I stress with my clients is the importance of having a self-hosted site. They can sign up with a DIY platform like Wix or SquareSpace, but they are taking a risk. If those platforms went down tomorrow, their site would go, too. Even if there is a recovery option, users don’t have the freedom to backup their site to secure locations of the server in the event that the host goes down, like is available for a self-hosted site. A site on a DIY platform depends on the platform to exist, whereas a site that has been backed up properly can be launched from another host with minimal time and effort.

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Serious businesses need great hosting. Your web hosting is the foundation your website sits on. Customers want a solid experience and if you don’t give it to them, then your competitors will. Your web host is responsible for serving up your website to your customers quickly.

Your web hosting is so important that major search engines even take your website’s speed into account on your search engine rankings. On top of all of these facts sits security. If you get onto a budget host that doesn’t understand security, then you are leaving your business open to potential threats.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want my business’ name in the headlines with the words Data Breach after it. There’s plenty of places to save money, but quality web hosting isn’t one of them. There’s too much at stake.

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As a small business owner who mainly conduct business through the Internet, I understand the importance of a reliable hosting service.

Plenty of businesses underestimate the importance of inventing a highly reputable web hosting service. They don’t understand that page speed is an indicator Google looks at when they rank them in their search engine.

Recently Google has even de-indexed websites that took too long to load. Having a fast loading website is an SEO requisite. Not only that having a reliable hosting service will keep your website running smoothly 24/7.

Using a reputable hosting service will save you ample of time and headaches when support is necessary.

I have witnessed plenty of online business go for a very cheap hosting service assuming they will save business capital. In the end, they wasted valuable time attempting to fix their hosting issues due to its instability.

You get what you paid for is a great motto to keep in mind when shopping for a web hosting service.

Lastly, you have to remember your website is dependent on your hosting service, do not skimp out on finding a credible hosting service because in the end it will be worth every penny.

Thank you for reading this blog posts. If you have anything to ask or add on this subject – feel free to reach out.

Kindest regards,
Goran @ AltusHost B.V.

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