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What to Look For in a Dedicated Hosting Plan

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Photo by Taylor Vick on Unsplash

While you might be able to start your website or business using a shared server, it won’t last forever. If you have great content and a lot of traffic, you’ll need access to higher data limits and your own space. Let’s look at some of the most common things that dedicated hosting plans offer.

Do Your Homework

This might seem like a no-brainer, but don’t sign on the dotted line too quickly. In 2020, there are a lot of dedicated hosting options. That also means that it’s too easy to be lured in by a low price that doesn’t represent exactly what you need and most things you want in a host. Begin your search process by finding out anything and everything that you can about a potential business hosting partner.

Read Online Reviews and Trust Them (Sometimes)

Yelp and other review sites can provide some anecdotal examples but they often stand on both sides: the very satisfied and the very unsatisfied. The same can be said for discussion boards like Web Hosting Talk. Be mindful that some reviews and commentary may be false or generated by the company to simply draw your attention.

Inspect Your Options and Find Answers to Your Questions

Once you’ve identified a potential dedicated hosting company, explore their website to learn more about the plans they offer. Do some digging on their website. Find the answers to common questions like rate plans, data limits, and how long they’ve been in business. While an established hosting company may seem like the best choice, don’t count out upstarts and smaller companies. There will be benefits and drawbacks to both scenarios.

Can’t Find the Answers Quickly? Contact Them!

Dedicated hosting is an expensive endeavor. You want to make sure that you’ll get what you need out of your partnership. Many hosts will offer email, chat, or phone consultations for sales and service questions. Whenever possible, pick their brains. Get in the habit of contacting them to learn more about their organization and how they can help your organization flourish. If it’s easy to contact them, it’ll be easy to work with them. The harder it is, the more likely you are to be looking for a new dedicated host sooner rather than later.

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Let’s Talk Tech Specs: Do They Have What You Need?

If you’ve learned one thing so far, it’s this: not all hosting solutions are created equal. No matter which stage of the process you’re in, it’s crucial to make sure that your potential host has the necessary technology to support your needs. In this section, we’ll look at some important components: operating systems, storage, bandwidth, and memory/processor availability.

Operating System

This one should be pretty easy to find out: does the dedicated host company support your operating system? Some companies will specialize in one specific system: Windows, Linux, or iOS are the three most common. Many companies provide support for all three systems, but be sure before you enter into a legally binding contract.

Storage and Backups

While a benefit of having a dedicated hosting plan is that someone else is responsible for keeping your data safe and accessible, there will be other elements to consider. One of those elements is the way that you store your data. Solid state (SSD) and traditional (HDD) hard drives have their pros and cons–depending on what is best for your organization. SSD drives are intended for higher speed and better performance but they are more expensive to purchase and maintain.

Similarly, it’s important to think about backing up your data. While most hosting plans will offer some level of backup and data security, it won’t be as thorough as what you might want. Speaking with your key stakeholders will guide you in how to go about backing up files in addition to anything your host might offer.

Bandwidth Limits

Even when you are working with a dedicated hosting plan, there will be limitations to overall bandwidth. Bandwidth is the level of traffic that can be sustained on your server without significant slowdown. Knowing your average bandwidth levels will be difficult to understand–particularly if you are just beginning or have not been tracking activity. Any hosting company that you work with should allow some flexibility in managing upper and lower bandwidth levels.

Memory and Processors

Similar to the bandwidth discussion above, it’s key to review what amount of storage space your host can provide for your content. When you were exploring their website, you likely learned at least a little bit about their pre-packaged limits. You should be able to customize your plan and make adjustments to account for needing more or less memory speed. Of course, it’s also a great idea to have access to a little more than you presently need to facilitate growth.

What about Security?

Now that we’ve looked a bit at the technology that should be provided by your host, let’s take a look at how to keep your site secured. With dedicated hosting plans, your team will often have the choice between managed and unmanaged plans. Managed plans are the safer way to go if you don’t understand how to secure your site or don’t have the time to do so actively. The host will do most of the work for you. As you might have guessed, unmanaged plans are the opposite. In these plans, you should have someone on your inside team that understands the complicated components of servers, security, and keeping them working smoothly. At the end of the day, it’s important for your company to be happy and confident in the choice of dedicated server.

Let’s Talk about Solar VPS

Now that you’ve seen a bit of what to look for in a dedicated hosting plan, let’s take a look at the best team in the business. Solar VPS specializes in designing the hosting plan that meets (and often exceeds) your needs. We support Windows, Linux, and iOS operating systems from end to end. Our technical support team is available 24/7/365 to assist whenever and however you need us. Don’t delay–contact Solar VPS today!

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