What is a Dedicated Server?

What is a Dedicated Server?

What can a Dedicated Server be used for?

Dedicated Server Hosting vs. Cloud Hosting

Why might you need Dedicated Server Hosting?

When should you upgrade to a Dedicated Server?

What are the servers that Namecheap offers and what are the additional services?


What is a Dedicated Server?


A Dedicated Server is a physical server where all the resources of the machine are dedicated to a single client. Unlike a shared server, where resources are distributed among all users, a Dedicated Server allows you to benefit from all of the machine’s available assets: RAM, storage, computing power, etc. In summary, Dedicated Server Hosting offers you more power and adaptability than any other hosting option.
 

What can a Dedicated Server be used for?


A Dedicated Server is a good option for those who have some technical background and can manage and configure the server on their own.
 
Dedicated Servers are typically used to host high-traffic websites, web applications, and for other hosting scenarios where performance is paramount.
 
There are many other uses for a Dedicated Server: big data, machine learning, website and application hosting, backups and storage, infrastructure virtualisation, server clusters, business applications.
 

Dedicated Server Hosting vs. Cloud Hosting


Two main factors that make a Dedicated Server different from a cloud hosting are:
 
  • The machine's raw performance. There is no virtualization layer consuming resources on a Dedicated Server, so all physical resources are guaranteed at your disposal.
  •  The level of server administration. With a Dedicated Server, you are free to manage everything from its configuration to the hosted data, and are responsible for all aspects of security provision. Therefore, you will get the option to set up more advanced installations, which may be required for the use of certain business applications.  
But the main benefit of a Dedicated Server solution is surely the freedom you get as a user.

However, if you would like to avoid technical management and concentrate solely on your web project, you can choose the Complete type of server management. This type suggests that all server configurations will be performed by a Technical Support team.
 
Cloud servers appear cheaper than a Dedicated Server, but a Dedicated Server will offer much more in the way of resources and the number of clients that you can serve at any one time.
 
Need to build a simple website? Take a look at our Shared Hosting plans, which offer you a hosting platform at an affordable price with all necessary basic settings.
 

Why might you need Dedicated Server Hosting?

 
1. To grow your website and handle the increase in traffic
 
If you are planning on your website growing quickly, a Dedicated Server might be a good idea for this purpose. The amount of traffic coming to your website every day is an important factor in your website’s performance and therefore in your revenue. For example, if your website is still using Shared Hosting when your traffic spikes, its performance could drop significantly.
If you’re not prepared to handle a big amount of traffic, your website could crash or otherwise lead to a negative user experience. Avoid losing business and page visitors by hosting your website on a Dedicated Server where resources are abundant.

2. To ensure your website security

Security is important for every website, especially for those that contain sensitive information, such as confidential emails, credit card numbers, or customer information. It’s crucial to protect this information and your website from viruses, hacks, and other risks. A single attack has the potential to ruin your website, negatively affect your SEO, and, therefore, lose customers. A Dedicated Server allows you to offer optimal security for your own website and any stored user information.

With a Dedicated Server, you’re completely in charge of your website’s security. This means you can optimize the features you need for the specific requirements of your website and stored files.

3. To optimize the page-loading time
 
Slow loading times can have a negative effect on practically all aspects of your website. Slow pages can lead to low-engagement metrics and higher bounce rates. If a high-performing web hosting solution is what you need, a Dedicated Server is the obvious choice.
Running a website on a Shared Hosting server, the resources are distributed among all the server’s users. Choosing a Dedicated Server will guarantee that you have the bandwidth you need to enhance your page loading times.

4. To have control over your server

When choosing a Dedicated Server, you’re able to customize your server to the specific needs of your business. It’s up to you how you choose to use your server. You have the flexibility to manage, monitor, and change software as you see fit.
You may also need Dedicated Server Hosting to meet the requirements of customized programming. With a Dedicated Server, you can choose what software you want, adjust hardware specifications, what operating system (OS) you need, and other various customized programming options. In a nutshell, it offers you full control over your hosting environment.
Because of this, Dedicated Server Hosting is an enticing offer for advanced web developers and those with unique and specific requirements.


When should you upgrade to a Dedicated Server?


Several indicators can tell you when it’s time to make the switch to a Dedicated Server:

  • If you are serious about growing your business online and you have a website that is requiring major resources, i.e. more power, flexibility, and control.
  • If you want to get more visitors and increase your website’s performance. Upgrading to a Dedicated Server will give you the required resources needed to handle thousands of requests to access your website. Also, if you have a lot of graphics and video content, it is better to upgrade as you will need more bandwidth and disk space.
  • If you have multiple shared properties then you might consider bringing all of your websites under one Dedicated Server. You will then be provided with all the resources to maintain multiple high-performing websites.

What are the servers that Namecheap offers and what are the additional services?


If you intend to purchase a Dedicated Server at Namecheap, you will have a choice between two variants:

New Dedicated Servers
Outlet (Clearance) Servers

Outlet Servers are previous-generation Dedicated Servers that are provided at a discounted price. Taking it into account, such an option is very beneficial from a budget perspective.
For more details, check out our Outlet Servers article.

Purchasing a Dedicated Server with Namecheap means you enhance the security of your business, as all our Dedicated Servers are located in our US PhoenixNAP datacenter, which provides the highest standards of security and stable connectivity for any website or application you may be running.

As we mentioned already, a Dedicated Server allows you to set up any custom configurations you need. This includes: choosing an operating system (OS), type of server management, CPU, the type of a disk drive, the number of dedicated IP addresses, etc.

We have a dynamic stock and we only display servers that are currently available. This means you can rest easy knowing that we will provide you with the server and configurations you choose, without any delay.

The process of a Dedicated Server setup is very quick so there’s no need to wait to start creating, managing, and hosting your website.

More details about the features and options we offer with Dedicated Servers can be checked on our Dedicated Servers homepage.

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