Shared hosting is a cost effective way to get started, however as your business expands you may notice an increase in traffic to your site. This increase in traffic can result in longer page load times for your site, and a reduction in the quality of user experience.
In this blog post we will be covering some of the signs that it’s time to switch to a dedicated server and also looking at some of the benefits of switching to a dedicated server.
First, let’s take a look at some of the indicators that it’s time to move :
Slow site performance
If you are noticing the performance of your site beginning to slip, visitors to your site are hitting server error pages or waiting for your site to load, then upgrading to a dedicated platform could help.
Traffic to your site is increasing
If you are noticing a steady increase in traffic to your site, switching to a dedicated server before any issues arise could save you a lot of trouble.
You are running multiple sites
If you have a number of sites or shared properties then bringing them all together on to one dedicated server can help with management and organisation.
The benefits of dedicated hosting include :
Control of the entire server
Switching to a dedicated server means that you have complete server control, and you are not sharing the resources of the server with other users sites. On shared hosting, other users sites can tie up resources that will then make your site run slowly, but with a dedicated server this is not an issue.
With shared hosting, the server your site is on can become compromised as a result of another users site being hacked. On a dedicated server, you only need to worry about the security of your own site.
Improved security means less downtime and more confidence in your business from your clients.
Improved site speed
A well configured dedicated server is the best way to ensure that your site loads quickly, even when your site is receiving a lot of traffic. Web users are accustomed to fast page loads, and a couple of seconds is all it takes for them to click away and try another site.
Dedicated servers are not ideal for all websites, but if you are experiencing any of the issues above then it could be the solution you are looking for.