Can You Afford a Dedicated Server Host?

dedicated-servers-data-centerAs the cost of hardware and bandwidth continues to decline dedicated servers are becoming more cost effective for businesses.  At ITX Design we provide fully managed dedicated servers that can meet the budget of most small to mid-size companies.

What to Look for In a Dedicated Host
As a webmaster, your search for a dedicated server host will be prompted by the fast growth of your website and the need for greater bandwidth to accommodate the increased traffic to your website.  Nice work.  It’s time to move up to the big guns.

This upgrade is a big move and an expensive one, but it also provides features that the cheaper shared hosting options do not have. These include access to a dedicated server, reliability, security, the ability to customize your service, as well as your own processor, memory, HD and bandwidth.

However, when you need a “dedi”, as we call them, then you really do need one, there’s no way around it, and the cost is far outweighed by the benefits.  (As a side note, some of our readers make want to look into a VPS package or cloud hosting package as well, you’ll want options.)

Why A Dedicated Server Is The King Of The Castle

Reliability and Security (Dedicated Server Host Must Haves)
With the dedicated server your host provides for your business, you have a greater reliability because the resources are not shared with other websites.

Also, the risk of virus attacks is reduced to a minimum, since you alone will have access to your server and your data, and the content of your site is solely your responsibility.  Attacks and viruses are all around our site(s), never forget that, it’s just the truth.

Having full control of all bandwidth, your application will better serve your customers, and the possibility of downtime for your site with possible revenue loss is much less likely to occur.  This is obviously as huge advantage to the dedicated server.

Customization Options
The host will also give you the option to customize your account as far as your choice of operating system and the hardware you install on your server. Servers are Linux or Windows based and there are many of them available for you to try.  You’ll need a license with a Windows server though.

You will find hosts that offer a large amount of space for a lower cost. This may suit smaller budget challenged businesses, which cannot afford to purchase a lot of web space and bandwidth. However, these package offerings may leave more to be desired.

The focus should be on the quality of the package and not exclusively on the quantity of offered features. Your aim should be to seek a host who will give management support such as servicing the hardware, the operating system, technical support and firewall protection (managed hosting).

Your search for a dedicated web host will reveal a number of options on the market, and if you do your due diligence you will find one that gives the quality service and the options you seek at an affordable price for you.

While you may find other good resources on the web, we also provide an assortment of information and reviews on our site for your consideration. Look through our pages here to get more comprehensive information to be able to make an informed decision on your server host.

Check out our top 10 web hosting picks for 2011 and our best dedicated hosting picks as well.

Choosing a Windows Dedicated Server For Your Hosting

What to Look for in Windows Dedicated Hosting
In a dedicated server the hosting packages allocate all the disk space and bandwidth of a specific server to just one customer. This is the exact opposite of what occurs on a shared server where the disk space and bandwidth of a server is shared between several customers.

On a Windows dedicated server hosting can also referred to as Windows dedicated server hosting, combining the two forms. The services provided are formulated to provide the client purchasing it  a specialized server by means of which the business can manage its high end applications that are run on Windows.

The need for a Windows server is felt by developers who create websites using Active Server Pages. Also if you manage a large number of websites, large files and are involved in a great deal of customization of the server, then a dedicated server is called for as you would be able to get the full benefit of having exclusive control of it.

Dedicated server hosting is costlier than shared hosting, Windows or not.

Features to Look for in a Dedicated Hosting Package
Operating System options for dedicated servers are either Windows based operating system or a Linux based operating system. You would select the Windows based operating system if your websites are created with Active Server Pages. The host will support all software within its dedicated hosting such as ASP.NET, ASP, SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Windows SharePoint Server and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.
Features – the host will usually provide a variety of features for your hosting needs such as personalized support and services. Also included may be web analytics, reseller and reporting programs. With the use of such stats, you will be able to fine tune the business marketing to improve the website’s online usability.
Reliability – this is a critical issue for any business as it will depend on the host to maintain 99% or greater server uptime. If the server crashes, then the website will be offline and possible loss of revenue may occur. Also, customers will not be able to access the website and they may lose credibility in your business.
Reputation – You should research by reading published reviews and customer testimonials to determine how customer service friendly, and trustworthy the host you are considering really is, and if the host is a credible provider of dedicated hosting services.
Hosting prices – the lowest price is not the best for you if the host does not provide the fundamental requirements of the website, including bandwidth, disk space and high uptime guarantee.
There are many windows dedicated server hosting options available to you today, but you should do your due diligence to seek out the one that best suit the needs of your business now and in the future.

You will find many excellent reviews and resources online that will assist you in making your decision, and on our website we have made available to you reviews and comprehensive resources that will allow you to make an informed decision on your dedicated hosting choice.

19 Responses to Can You Afford a Dedicated Server Host?

  1. Otis

    This is quality information I will bookmark this and keep an eye on updates. I don’t know if my comment is going to pop up because I’m not very tech savvy, hopefully I can get this right!

  2. peggy

    My developer is trying to move to .net from PHP and I’m a little concerned. I’ve been using WordPress on numerous websites for over a year and I’m concerned about suddenly changing blogging platforms to something I don’t know. Is there a way to transfer wordpress content into a .net blogging application? Any help would be greatly appreciated! With a dedicated server would support cover the cost or assist in moving my blog?

    • Stephanie Schoolfield

      That’s definitely a huge move from a php based blog to one coded in ASP.net. For starters you’ll most likely be switching from Linux web hosting to Windows Hosting which can have it’s challenges. I would seek the opinion of another designer and I would also get the exact reason why your developer thinks that’s such a great idea. If you’re interested we would definitely assist you in the migration to any blogging platform if you had a dedicated server with ITX Design. ITX Design provides managed dedicated servers so something like this would be covered under regular support.

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  4. Don

    Howdy do you mind sharing which blog tool you’re using? I’m looking to start a blog soon but I’m having a hard time picking between all the different options like BlogEngine, B2evolution, Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. I ask because your design seems unique. P.S Sorry if I’m a bit off-topic but your site looks great!

    • Stephanie Schoolfield

      I would strongly suggest WordPress which is one of the best blogging tools. Our website is built using wordpress and our designers created a custom theme just for our site. Here’s are a few articles that compare the more popular blogging tools.
      WordPress vs Joomla
      WordPress vs Drupal
      Joomla vs Drupal

  5. Pam

    I am curious to find out what blogging software you have been using? I’m experiencing some security problems with my website and I would like to find something secure. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Stephanie Schoolfield

      We’re using WordPress for this website and it’s a great tool for blogging. However, it has security issues just like other open source applications. The key is keeping it updated the second WordPress releases a security update.

  6. Summer

    Great information, and it’s nice finding a hosting blog that has an easy to follow layout. Nicely don 🙂

  7. bryan

    Thank you for the helpful tips! Can I reference part of this on my site and include a link to this page?

    • Stephanie Schoolfield

      Definitely Bryan and we thank you for the link. Feel free to reference anything that we write!

  8. Kim

    Hola! I have been following your site for a while and wanted to give a shout out from Dallas!

  9. chuck

    Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your theme. With thanks

  10. gretchen

    Just a smiling visitor that wants to share the love (:great site design and style – we love your new site!

  11. sharie

    I enjoyed the post. Is there a contract on dedicated servers or can we go month to month? Your site and packages look great, however we like to go month to month to test your services.

    • Stephanie Schoolfield

      Yes, we offer month to month hosting on all of our dedicated servers. You can cancel at anytime and there’s no penalty.

  12. skyler

    You should consider creating an e-book or guest authoring on other sites or blogs? I have a blog that discusses similar topics and would really like to have you share some of this info on our site. I know my viewers would love your work.

    • Stephanie Schoolfield

      I would be interested in doing a guest blog/post on your site if it meets our requirements for blogging! Please send me an email to sales@itxdesign.com with your thoughts.

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