Okay, so we don't have a pretty homepage. Okay, se we don't have any prices listed. Okay, so we host this page on a server owned by a third party. Okay, so we don't even have an e-mail address listed on this domain.
That's all very true, but we have a good reason for all of these.
- We don't sell through our homepage. We don't need a homepage explaining why we're the best host and offer the best support and have live help by some Indian bloke in a bunker in Bangalore. We don't need to tell you we're good. If you are one of the people we might be interested in hosting - one of our sales reps will one day contact you, explaining what we do, invite you to our headquarters and show you why we're on a different level. We don't need a website, we have human resources.
- If you have to ask, you can't afford us. Yes, most of our clients pay more daily than you'll pay in your lifetime. Our clients appreciate their privacy, and even if they do disclose they're with us, they don't want people knowing their spending details.
- We host this site on a ServInt VPS because they're just good. For a small page like this, a GoDaddy Hosting Account would have been okay, but we prefer the professional environment ServInt offers over saving a couple hundred bucks a year. That's just us. We're not value-oriented.
If you're looking for good value web hosting, read up on the Web Hosting Tips Blog or talk to some friends who have a little website. We're not your best option. Really, we're not.
Dedicated Server Hosting Explained
Dedicated hosting is one of the top choices when it comes to reliable, high intensive web hosting. The problem is that few people are able to figure out exactly when they should take the leap and start forking over the big bucks for it. Choose to go with it too early; you will waste a couple hundred dollars you could have otherwise invested in something else. Wait too long and you allow the chance for your websites to get capped and lose out on the business during that time. Each of these choices has monetary disadvantages, but it is not impossible to figure it out before you make the mistake.
First thing you have to be is honest with your needs. If you feel that you have a growing portfolio of sites that will in the long term bring in a slew of traffic, dedicated hosting might be right around the corner. On the other hand, if you still are in the starting phase, and don’t necessarily need all that dedicated hosting has to offer, wait a while.
There are a number of factors to take into account in this situation. How many websites are you currently hosting? If the number is continuously growing, it makes sense in the long run to have dedicated hosting. It enables you to put up scripts that don’t have the ability to run on regular shared hosting. Each website now has the bandwidth and memory space that you dedicate to it, so no more worries about being capped.
So what are some other reasons to use dedicated hosting? For one, you have full control over all aspects of the server, using root access to divvy out privileges and rights to different websites and users. Since you are basically renting out a server for yourself, you also have the ability to use any operating system you would like. This is a definite plus for those that have preferences in this respect. Also, with dedicated hosting you have the added security factor. Because you are the only user on the server, there is no chance for another person to get your IP or server blacklisted. SEO-wise, you're playing it safe.
Dedicated hosting is also a much needed service for those that regularly have large product launches. We have all seen huge products that launch and then stop working, because the server they use simply couldn’t handle the traffic they acquired. This is a huge problem when cash in hand customers don’t even have the ability to buy your product. You will lose both business and affiliates, who will no longer trust your ability to upkeep your websites and make sure they run smoothly during peak traffic times.
So let’s recap; what are the main aspects you need to take into account before purchasing dedicated server host? You need a large volume of traffic that occurs regularly through the day/week. Keep the amount of websites you are currently hosting into account, along with the current price you pay to keep up with separate C-Class IP's (SEO Web Hosting, ever heard of it?) for every couple of them. If you have a large volume of visitors or a long list of sites, it is about time to move on up to dedicated hosting. Otherwise, wait until you have the need to do so.