Finding hosting for your website can be quite a complicated issue, and yet one that you usually have to address before even beginning to build a site. Depending on the size of your site, its purpose, resource requirements, which will depend both on the expected traffic and your content, your allocated budget and the amount of support that you will need, you have to make a decision on what type of hosting would suit you best.
Dedicated hosting is a type of hosting solution that makes all of the resources of a physical server completely available to you, without forcing you to share resources, server settings or environment with other websites. This means that you are afforded a greater level of independence. You get a fixed amount of bandwidth and storage, which means that you`ll never have to deal with a situation which is quite common with shared hosting, where your neighboring sites spike in activity and leave you without the resources needed to effectively run your site.
Independence With Settings
You are also more independent when it comes to server settings, installed applications and software, and generally, every possible tweak to the server that you need to make in order to make it an ideal environment for hosting your website. This means that you are covered even if your site`s requirements change often and you need to make the required changes on the server itself. Naturally, you could get almost the same benefits, but with less bandwidth and storage with a VPS (Virtual Private Server) plan, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with this type of hosting as well before making a decision.
Choose Your Support Plan
When it comes to support, you can choose how involved you want your hosting providers to be when it comes to server management. Providers are offering managed and unmanaged plans, leaving you to decide how much help you need, and what aspects of server management you want to leave to your own IT department. Regardless of the amount of their active involvement in the running of the server, providers should always be available for troubleshooting, so make sure to choose the one that takes this aspect of customer service seriously, as you may need them in a pinch.
The ample resources that you are getting also mean that you won`t have to worry about page loading times, which as an important SEO factor, as well as something that you have to think about when providing the service to your visitors. Likewise, if your site`s traffic spikes for some reason, like you publishing a very popular post, you should have more than enough resources to keep the site stable and perfectly functional.
Most dedicated hosting providers make sure that your server stays functional even in the case of a power outage or something similar. Even though this kind of hosting is generally the most expensive type, this does not guarantee perfect reliability from the providers, which is why you have to do a bit of background research on the provider before signing them on.