Using shared hosting can be a cost-effective solution for your business’ website. Whichever hosting you’re using, whether that’s shared hosting, VPS hosting, or maybe you’re already using dedicated server hosting, as with any part of your business you should regularly audit the performance and cost-effectiveness of each component. Answer the following questions to find out if you should be using dedicated server hosting:
- Does your website process payments?
- Does your website store customer information (ie/ through a log in/account)?
- Does your site store a lot of data?
- Does your site have high traffic?
- Is your website slow to load?
- Do you need or want to run a number of applications on your website, or will you want to in the future?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions then you should definitely be using or thinking about moving to dedicated server hosting for your website.
Compared to shared hosting in particular, dedicated server hosting offers an entire server just dedicated to your website, no other website will share it. This means that there is more virtual ‘space’ for your stuff and you can store a lot more data, there’s capacity in the future for growth or use of multiple applications on your site, and is should be able to manage a high level of traffic in a relatively short period of time. As the server is a dedicated server and no other website shares it, this means that there is a much lower risk of a security breach, which is important for businesses who store sensitive customer information on their site (through account log ins etc.) and for websites that process payments (again, this is sensitive information).