If you are looking at a web hosting company that offers dedicated website hosting, it may not be what you think. There are disadvantages to dedicated website hosting. First, dedicated web hosting, also referred to as having a dedicated server or a managed hosting service is where you, the client, lease an entire serve that is not shared with any other company or if an individual, no other individual.
The costs of a dedicated server can be much higher than a shared server as well if you combine your lease payment with support plans and there can be many levels of support plans so if you choose the lowest paying support plan, when you do need help, you may have to pay additional support fees. A general rule of thumb when considering the price of a dedicated hosting service is to be prepared to pay five to ten times more for having one.
Server supports and updates are done by the company you purchased your dedicated hosting service from and remember, you do not own the server so beyond your server lease payment; you may have additional fees for updating and monitoring your server. Further, if you or your company has a strong IT department or person, a dedicated server where you rely on the company your leasing it from may not be a good idea-a good IT person can tell you what your best server options are. Some dedicated hosting companies won’t fix your server problems as quickly as your in-house IT team.
If you don’t have a good IT person or servers are not your forte, you may not understand how it works or what to do if a problem arises so dedicated servers are generally leased by people who have a good working knowledge of servers and how they perform. If you are a beginner, dedicated hosting is not for you. Things like telnet or SSH can be hard to understand for the beginner.
Basically, if you don’t know how to perform administration tasks on your server, you will always have to rely on the dedicated hosting company’s support service. Some of these problem issues can be handled if your dedicated hosting company offers a good and easy-to-use control panel so check that out before you buy.
Downtime is a big issue for anyone who needs to be up and running 24/7 and because a dedicated server is not at your place of business or home-based business, and you have no idea how to reboot the system, you have no choice but to call your dedicated hosting company and again, if they don’t offer 24/7/365 support, you must rely on them as to when your server will be back up and running. The importance of 24/7/365 support is also important so ask about it and find out if the dedicated hosting company you have chosen monitors your system constantly at their end as well as performing daily back-ups on your behalf. If they don’t provide either of these services look for another company that does.