When to take up a dedicated server?

You launched a website and worked hard on it for three months and now this is a high traffic site with thousands of daily visitors. Though your site grew in terms of traffic, but did you notice that it’s getting slow down day by day? This is because of the heavy traffic and since you’re on shared hosting, the server response time is increasing, letting your users wait long for pages to get loaded.

This is making your site user unfriendly and there can be a major decline in traffic as well, so this is the time to go for a dedicated server without a little delay.

Is dedicated hosting for you?

What can be identified from the above scene is that, you should opt for a dedicated server when:

  • Your site has become a high traffic site.
  • Site security is now a primary issue.
  • You don’t want to lose your customers because of poor server response time.
  • You don’t have enough staff for network administration within your organization.
  • Dedicated hosting can be cheaper than managing in house setting, so can be the best choice if you’re looking for a cost effective solution.

So, now you’re going for dedicated hosting, that great! But do consider the following factors before making any decision:

  • Do compare the bandwidth different providers are offering, because this is the most important factor due to which you’ve moved to dedicated server from shared one.
  • Have a critical overview of hardware capacity of dedicated server because your site should not get slowed down due to low memory space.
  • Make sure that server backup plans are according to your requirements.
  • And, last but not least, compare different providers for features as well as prices and quality.

Price check on dedicated server

Wrapping things up, let’s have a quick check on Hostgator dedicated server pricing. The reason I’m recommending Hostgator here is not because they are the cheapest but they run a well balanced, in term of pricing and service quality, dedicated hosting plans.

Linux Dedi-Hosting BasicStandardElitePro
ProcessorP4 2.4GHzDual-Core 3040 XeonDual-Core 3040 XeonQuad-Core 3210 Xeon
Setup FeeFreeFreeFreeFree
Monthly Price$174.00$219.00$279.00$374.00
DDR Memory1024MB1024MB4096MB4096MB
Hard Drive (SATA)80GB250GB2 x 250GB2 x 500GB
Bandwidth1,500GB1,500GB2,500GB2,500GB
DomainsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
MySQL DatabasesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
IP Addresses5101010
Managed Server?YesYesYesYes
24 x 7 Supports?YesYesYesYes

Well, that’s all for dedicated hosting. I’ll be covering more on dedicated hosting in future but I think the above guidelines should be sufficient for you to get started. Cheers!