How does it feel to wake up in a mansion all yours, with no roomies and others around? You choose the design without restrictions. Yes, owning your own space means you're in the driver's seat and do wherever you want. Although being in control is good, you are also responsible for everything, including when something goes wrong.
The same applies to dedicated server hosting. Dedicated server hosting means you host your websites and applications on your own server. There's no sharing with others, hence the name ‘dedicated.' You enjoy unmatched privacy, security, flexibility, and control since you are the sole resident.
Below are 8 of the Best Dedicated Hosting providers around.
Founded in 2001, the US-headquartered InMotion Hosting provides award-winning web hosting, cloud-based solutions, and managed services. With over 170,000 customers, the company leverages open-source technology for flexibility, transparency, security, and technology freedom.
InMotion Hosting takes pride in its industry-leading money-back guarantees. While shared hosting comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee, dedicated and monthly VPS and reseller hosting get a 30-day money-back guarantee. InMotion Hosting excels in its Linux dedicated server hosting.
With a 99.99% uptime Tier 1 network, InMotion Hosting ensures this with enterprise-grade hardware, commercial-grade processors, and increased physical resources in their dedicated offerings. Also, redundancies in the network and systems help prevent network errors/ outages.
The availability of multi-layer, high-performance switches and dual high-performance fiber optics from the ISP to InMotion Hosting provide lower latency and higher transfer rates. All dedicated servers enjoy fast full-duplex 1Gbps (1000Mbps) Ethernet uplink connections. InMotion’s UltraStack, in-house custom-built infrastructure is optimized for speed and reliability.
Leveraging both Edge and Core routing to increase speed and redundancy, all data centers work with Corero to defend against DDoS attacks. Also, you get free SSL certificates with 2048-bit encryption. There’s the custom firewall commercial-grade security solution to protect from cyberattacks.
InMotion Hosting offers two types of dedicated hosting services, managed (with cPanel) and unmanaged (Bare-Metal with no panel). The former comes pre-installed with cPanel and WebHost Manager (WHM). Use Softaculous with cPanel to automate open-source web applications via over 400 one-click install applications. However, you’ll have to pay extra to use Softaculous.
With Managed Dedicated Servers, InMotion manages the hardware, pre-installed LAMP stack, and security updates with a 2-hour maximum hardware replacement guarantee. Consider the unmanaged dedicated server you maintain via command line code if you’re an advanced user. With 24/7/365 award-winning dedicated server experts based in the US, InMotion Hosting is for you if most of your targeted customers are in the US.
As expected, the managed dedicated plans are pricier than the unmanaged ones. The managed Aspire plan gives you a solid footing to kick off your dedicated server hosting from $89.99/month. However, you have access to the Los Angeles data center only.
You pay more to go up the tiered plans. The plan you end up with depends on your website's current and future needs.
Established in 2007, TMD Hosting was founded by Peter Darazhanski and is in the US. Another trusted hosting provider with a range of web hosting solutions, TMD Hosting has a widespread top-notch infrastructure that spans the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Singapore, Australia, and Japan.
TMD Hosting is known for its shared hosting solutions. That said, TMD Hosting's managed Linux dedicated servers with cPanel are not far behind. TMDHosting provides an uptime of 99.999% guarantee. With premium caching features and CloudFlare CDN (at no additional costs), the enterprise-grade backbone that powers the dedicated servers is a 10-Gbit network that ensures speedy access to your website despite high traffic.
You get dedicated computing resources (CPU, RAM, storage, and bandwidth). You don’t need to worry about storage on the TMD Cloud. TMD Hosting's dedicated servers are only available in Chicago, the US, and Amsterdam (Netherlands). TMD Hosting only offers a managed dedicated server hosting service. They will help you manage your server and its environment while you focus on marketing your website.
With a dedicated IP, not only do you enjoy hardware and power redundancy, but you get in-house server monitoring, proactive updates, and patches too. You use the cPanel and WHM to manage your server and website environment. You can also use the proprietary TMD Portal, an intuitive control dashboard to streamline your dedicated hosting management processes and configure your server settings easily.
Unlike InMotion Hosting, TMD Hosting's dedicated plans give you Softaculous Auto Installer for free. Also, you get free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates, web firewalls, and reinforced DDoS Protection for higher security and uninterrupted operation. Available 24/7/365, TMD Hosting's support is via ticketing, chat, and Slack. The over 15-year experienced support team guarantees responses in less than 15 minutes.
All TMD Hosting dedicated plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Starting at $79.99/month, you get a lot of goodies such as free Weebly Sitebuilder, free domain, free website transfer, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited emails, unlimited MySQL Databases, and more. I would consider TMD Hosting to have nailed it for a value-for-money dedicated hosting solution.
Started as Iniquinet in 2001, the Michigan-based A2 Hosting came into being two years later. They have since garnered over 110,000 customers in 224 countries. Like many others, A2 Hosting offers shared, VPS, WordPress, dedicated hosting solutions, and more. A2 Hosting is a solid hosting provider with good global data center coverage and fast speeds.
With a 99.9% uptime commitment, A2 Hosting relies on Ultra Fast NVMe storage that can go up to 3 times faster read/write speeds with Turbo servers (Turbo plans come at additional costs). The Turbo Servers are speed-enhanced and are a drop-in replacement for Apache, so you get faster and more efficient connections.
Also, Turbo caching boosts page load speeds by storing the HTML contents of your pages in memory. Hence, pages are served without running PHP at all times – a time-saver. Bare Metal servers have serious horsepower for speed and performance. Like InMotion Hosting, A2 Hosting offers both managed and unmanaged dedicated hosting.
A2 Hosting's managed dedicated hosting features the cPanel to manage your websites, databases, files, email, and more. Also, you enjoy A2 Hosting’s HostGuard Management for a worry-free hosting experience. You get 24/7 monitoring of your hardware, security, network, and software by A2 Hosting's dedicated support team. Also, enjoy free priority support as a dedicated hosting user.
A2 Hosting promises 30-minute server deployment. Your dedicated hosting has automated backups of files, MySQL databases, and other data on your managed dedicated server by A2 Cloud Backup powered by JetBackup. You can manage your backups and restores through JetBackup integrated with cPanel.
Unmanaged dedicated hosting is more for experienced users. You access the servers through the command line, although you can add on cPanel. A2 Hosting's dedicated server plans allow easy scalability as your website grows.
The cheapest managed dedicated hosting is $155.99/month and is pricey compared to TMD Hosting (with unlimited bandwidth) at a much lower price. That said, TMD Hosting only gives you 8GB DDR4 RAM, while A2 Hosting offers 16GB DDR4 ECC RAM.
Also, A2 Hosting includes a free Imunify360 security suite. Consider the WARP 2 TURBO AMD plan with Turbo servers if you need blazing speeds. However, the plan comes pricey at $215.99/month.
The unmanaged dedicated hosting is cheaper, at $105.99/month, and costs $165.99/month for Turbo servers. Albeit more expensive, A2 Hosting is a reputable hosting provider with a varied range of hosting solutions to help support your website as it flourishes.
Founded in 1997, the US-based LiquidWeb, bought a web server business (Cloud Sites) from Rackspace, a hosting company. Liquid Web shines in its managed enterprise-class solutions and focuses on high-availability mission-critical servers. With over 25,000 servers supporting over 30,000 customers, LiquidWeb has a range of cloud, dedicated, reseller, virtual private server (VPS), and WordPress server packages.
Unlike most, LiquidWeb offers three types of dedicated hosting support levels, namely fully (includes all core support), core (self-managed, in between fully and self-managed support), and self-managed (includes only hardware/network monitoring and maintenance support). CentOS and Windows are available for all three options, whereas Ubuntu is for core and self-managed, and CloudLinux is for fully and self-managed plans only.
With a 100% power and network uptime guarantee, you are assured of your website’s uptime, else you get ten times the credit for the downtime. Privately owned core data centers with redundant networks with Tier-1 premium bandwidth, enterprise-grade SSD storage, and Cloudflare CDN speed up your website. All dedicated servers have Proactive Sonar Monitoring and ServerSecure hardening. Your server has a dedicated IP address for higher security and accessibility.
Multi-level DDoS protection is available along with ServerSecure Advanced Security which optimizes security settings for fully managed Windows and Linux dedicated servers. Use Interworx, Plesk, or cPanel to manage your websites and servers. Or use IPMI Access to monitor and manage your Linux or dedicated Windows server remotely and securely. If you’re an advanced user, you can fully control your server through root-level access.
Also, all dedicated servers have a secondary drive pre-installed to back up your data. Liquid Web takes pride in their ‘The Most Helpful Humans in Hosting’ available 24/7/365 to support your dedicated hosting needs. Also, there’s 24/7 on-site support through phone/chat/email.
You choose the dedicated plans based on their nearest location to you (Michigan, Arizona, and Amsterdam). The most popular is the Intel Xeon Gold 6226R Single plan at $224.25/month with a 4-month commitment and connecting to an American location.
Or opt for their bundle plans at $261.75/month for the same with more goodies such as ServerSecurePlus, InterWorx, Plesk Web Pro, or cPanel Premier 100 (with additional costs), Threat Stack Oversight Intrusion Detection System.
IONOS began in 1988 as 1&1, which later expanded to rank among the top ten web hosting providers in the US in 2004. In 2018, 1&1 combined its web hosting, applications, and server products with ProfitBricks' cloud infrastructure solutions, giving birth to IONOS in 2020. IONOS claims to be the largest hosting company in Europe, catering more to small and medium-sized businesses.
Under the United Internet Group, IONOS offers a 99.99% uptime guarantee, catering to over 8 million customers, and hosts over 12 million domains in the US and Europe.
With over 90,000 servers in operation in 15 facilities in nine countries around the globe, IONOS' servers are equipped with powerful Intel processors (Intel Xeon E3 (4 Cores) or AMD) designed for long-lasting operation. IONOS' dedicated hosting plans offer either HDD or SSD storage. While hard disk drives (HDDs) give extensive storage, solid state drives (SSDs) deliver faster data access times.
IONOS' ten proprietary, geo-redundant ISO 27001 certified data centers with a Redundant Array of Independent Disk (RAID) Storage are for speedy access. The network also offers unlimited traffic and up to 1 Gbit/s connectivity to manage massive volumes, including sudden spikes. The HTTP/2 network protocol means page load times enjoy a significant boost. Also, IONOS’ Cloudflare CDN caches your data across 62 data centers worldwide to boost performance.
Manage your dedicated hosting and any open-source apps through their intuitive control panel. You can also access your control panel through the IONOS Hosting Manager app on the go. There's DDoS protection to keep your website safe. The SiteLock protects against malware and other online threats. You get a Wildcard SSL certificate too.
Managed by IONOS, all dedicated hosting packages give you a 1-click installation of over 70 applications, including WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, and more. You also get API control and cloud integration for more customization. Supported databases include MariaDB 10 or MySQL 5 and 8. Automatic daily backups of your data go back six days. Also, your dedicated hosting affords you a dedicated personal consultant who will be there for 24/7/365 support.
The HDD-dedicated hosting plans are cheaper than the SSD ones. The SSD plans start from $70/month with a 3-month commitment, while the HDD plan begins at $47/month. The figure is affordable for dedicated hosting. However, the specifications afforded are basic, which suffices for starters.
All plans share the same premium features except memory and storage. There's a 30-day money-back guarantee which you can easily cancel online or by phone.
HostGator has been a household name in the hosting industry since 2002. Armed with over 2.5 million websites, HostGator offers varied hosting solutions and is known as a web host with a personality. Although HostGator is known for its affordable shared hosting, it excels in its dedicated hosting.
All dedicated servers run on Intel Xeon-D CPUs in a US-based, Tier 3 data center. That said, the 99.9% uptime guarantee applies to shared and reseller hosting but not dedicated hosting. The latter is governed by HostGator's Network Guarantee, where the credit is prorated for the server downtime.
HostGators' network is fully redundant with multiple bandwidth providers. They promise global access via Cloudflare, which helps extend to an additional 23 data centers worldwide. Also, you choose between HDD or SSD hard drives for their dedicated hosting. If you need space, the HDD suffices, but if speed is your game, you’ll need SSD drives instead.
Like LiquidWeb, HostGator offers both Linux and Windows dedicated hosting, managed and semi-managed. Managed service means HostGator handles any technical or configuration requests, excluding custom software/script installations. Unmanaged service refers to HostGator managing only the hardware, operating system, or any basic configuration issues, with the rest in your hands.
You use cPanel and WHM on Linux or Plesk and WebMatrix on Windows to help manage your hosting. Enjoy unlimited MySQL databases. Softcalous is available for the Linux platform. Your dedicated hosting comes with three dedicated IPv4 IPs. Backups are done manually or scheduled ahead.
HostGator's data-center-level DDoS protection and an IP-based firewall ensure your data is safe. There's 24/7/365 support available via phone, live chat, and Twitter. Or dig into their comprehensive knowledge base for answers.
HostGator's dedicated hosting pricing is affordable, starting at $89.98/month. You get unmetered bandwidth with 1TB of storage. Like others, the dedicated hosting plans differ by CPU, RAM, and storage.
Founded by Peter Holden in 2010, Washington-based Hostwinds offers a range of web hosting solutions, including shared, VPS, dedicated, cloud, and reseller hosting packages. Although Hostwinds excels in its feature-packed VPS and reseller offerings, its dedicated hosting is noteworthy.
Hostwinds believes in owning its products with no third-parties involvement. You communicate directly with them with no unnecessary delay caused by vendors, a motto of Hostwind. Also, its secure data centers deploy high-degree 2N power redundancy and distribution. Hostwinds’ multiple T1 network carriers in various locations with 1 Gbps network links afford top speeds and reliability.
You configure the number of disks deployed to meet your business needs using RAID. With Hostwinds managed dedicated server monitoring, you can be assured of their 99.9999% uptime guarantee. You focus on building your business empire while Hostwinds takes care of your server.
Hostwinds only offers managed dedicated hosting, and supported platforms include Windows, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu. You can even choose the respective OS version. Also, select the number of IPs and whether you wish to use RAID storage.
Almost all Hostwinds dedicated servers offer IPMI access to VNC KVM controls, power controls, and ISO mounting available. You then get to remote access your server from wherever you are. Daily backups are done every night to ensure you always are armed with your latest versions. All in all, Hostwinds is known for its high customizability when designing your dedicated hosting solutions.
Hostwinds' dedicated hosting pricing begins from $122/month for Linux-flavored platforms. Windows dedicated hosting starts from a higher figure at $147/month. You choose the server, number of server drives, operating system, outbound bandwidth, RAM, IP addresses, and more. Hostwinds’ plans are very systematic, making for easy customization.
Since 1997, DreamHost has become a frontrunner in the hosting business. Hosting over 1.5 million websites in more than 100 countries, DreamHost offers shared, cloud, dedicated, and managed WordPress and VPS hosting. DreamHost offers other solutions, unlike traditional web hosting providers, such as building custom websites, SEO enhancements, and even marketing.
DreamHost's dedicated hosting comes with HDD for capacity or SSD hard drives for fast loading times. Running on Intel Xeon 4-Core or Intel Xeon 12-Core processors, you enjoy RAID 1 Storage. Supporting Ubuntu and MySQL Database, DreamHost's dedicated hosting gives you a 100% Network Uptime Guarantee.
Supported by multiple data center locations in Ashburn, Virginia, and Hillsboro, Oregon, the US, DreamHost upkeeps its uptime guarantee through redundant cooling, emergency generators, 2N+2 power redundancy, and constant monitoring. There’s no capped bandwidth, so you enjoy unlimited bandwidth provided you comply with their unlimited policy.
Also, the OPcache compiles your PHP code once and then stores it in memory for speedy loading as and when needed. You have root and shell access (SSH) to access your data remotely. The same applies to your local MySQL server through full root access. The benefit of a local database is faster query access.
Also, DreamHost's custom-built panel is simple and easy to use for managing your websites, databases, email, and billing, all from one place. There’s 24×7 DDoS protection with unique IPv4 and IPv6 internet protocols. An IPv4 address gives you an unlimited number of free IPv6 addresses.
DreamHost's managed dedicated hosting gives you 365/24/7 support. Hence, enjoy worry-free dedicated hosting knowing your dedicated hosting is under constant monitoring. You don’t have to deal with all the technical nitty-gritty details. DreamHost does it for you. With data centers in the US, Dreamhost could do you justice if your customers are in the US.
DreamHost's dedicated plan has no commitments or contracts, starting from $169/month. However, if you commit to a yearly plan, you get a discounted price of $149/month. Compared to some on this list, DreamHost's dedicated hosting is pricey. However, DreamHost could be the answer if you require a 100% uptime guarantee.
A significant upgrade from shared and VPS hosting, dedicated hosting gives you the premium specifications to support the optimum running of your website (speedy processors, terabytes of memory, generous storage and data transfer, and more). You control everything, including the resources, software, and applications.
Dedicated hosting is for critical service websites or large, traffic-heavy websites that need optimum load-time performance. Hence, dedicated hosting is pricey. That said, there are hosting providers offering high-value-for-money dedicated hosting services.
When picking your best-dedicated hosting, it is crucial to consider several salient factors, including potential downtime, scalability, customization capability, speed, performance, and security. Also, look at the provider's reputation and transparency with its services' performance.
Different businesses have different requirements. The important thing is to do your due diligence before committing to any provider. The list above contains hosting providers to get you started on your dedicated hosting journey.