Dedicated vs. Shared Hosting Solution | Which Server Setup is Right for you?

We cannot stress the importance of ensuring your website is safe and secure, especially in today’s world where an increasing number of consumers bring their custom to businesses via the web.
Some companies (like ourselves), rely entirely on their website and the internet, and therefore the time and effort researching the best hosting solution is well worth it.
Here’s just a few things you should be asking your hosting company before you sign up:
Should I be on a dedicated or shared server?
There are pros and cons to both setups, however if you have a decent amount of traffic and your website is critical to the success of your business, it is worth investing the extra money to have your own dedicated server as it means:

  • Server resources aren’t shared, so all of the server components (e.g. hard drive, memory) can only be used by the websites on your server
  • Website performance will be a lot better, given the resources are only for your websites
  • Dedicated IP address, which means you won’t be affected by anyone else’s work, and have control of whether your IP is listed on blacklists
  • Website compromises / hacking will be contained to the server the website is held on, so you won’t be impacted by another website issue
  • Option to have a dedicated firewall, meaning extra security and no issues if a firewall is compromised on other servers

If there is an issue with the server, when will you fix it?
Any reputable hosting company will have a good SLA in place. The SLA guarantees things like network connectivity, support should there be a problem with your server, and hardware replacement should it be unfixable. You also need to decide if you’re happy with live chat / ticketed support or whether you want UK telephone support, which you’ll pay more for, but in some situations is essential.
Discover more about hosting here, or call a member of our team on 0800 222 9300 to discuss your options, and how we can help you ensure your website is safe and secure.

Written by Rich Tarr

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