What are Dedicated Servers and should you invest in one for your Business?

This post is sponsored by ServerPronto, one of the leaders in dedicated servers and cloud hosting solutions.

If you’re running any sort of business or interacting with people online through your own online platform, you understand how important is User Experience. As users, we are very spoiled and expect everything to be perfect – otherwise, the company may lose our business or loyalty! 

So when was the last time you were looking up a project or a company and left because the page was too slow to load? You can also probably recall not being impressed by the company based on that experience. How can you avoid that for your startup/project/side hustle and make sure that you don’t lose potential customers? Enter dedicated servers.

What is a dedicated server?

A server is typically a machine that performs certain actions. In this context, it stores data about your website or platform remotely and allows users to access them with their browsers. Watch this YouTube video for a more detailed explanation!

Once you understand what a server is, it becomes pretty self-explanatory: dedicated servers are remote servers that are rented to an individual or dedicated basis by whoever may need one. This means that you’re not sharing that space with anyone else, the machine is solely dedicated to your company’s needs.

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What are the benefits of having a dedicated server?

Now, where do I even start? Without going too much into technical details, here are some of them:

Great for SEO:

Fast loading speed is one of the major variables that Search Engines look at when ranking websites for their search results. Dedicated servers typically provide faster loading speeds. Another factor is having a unique IP address and not being lumped in with other websites that might be sharing the same server as you. If Search Engines categorize any of them as spammy, it might reflect on your ranking as well. Having a unique IP address helps you avoid that!

Better Performance:

You get all of the resources of this server, including all of its CPU, RAM and drive space. This means that you’re not affected by popular times and traffic patterns of other websites you could be otherwise sharing space with. You also have way more processing power to play around with to scale your business.

Flexibility:

You get to customize your server including the software that it runs in and the way you allocate storage space and RAM. For example, ServerPronto offers Ready-To-Go dedicated servers that come preconfigured with essential applications of your choice.

Improved Security:

Since a dedicated server is controlled only by one entity, it means that it has a reduced risk of cyberattacks. Therefore, your users’ sensitive information and yours is more secure on a dedicated server.

As you can see, there are a ton of benefits to having a dedicated server and this is just a handful of them! So now, let’s move on to that question at the back of your head: should you switch to one? 

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Does your company need a dedicated server?

Well, that really depends on what your company needs are. So I’ve prepared a few questions for you that you can simply answer “yes” or “no” to:

  1. Is your traffic volume nearing six figures every month?
  2. Does it look like your SEO ranking might be suffering from longer load times?
  3. Do you need a unique IP address?
  4. Do you need to install custom software onto your server?
  5. Are you planning to scale your services in the near future?
  6. Do you operate with sensitive information?
  7. Do you need to be GDPR, HIPAA, HITECH or PCI DSS compliant?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the questions above, it might be time to invest in a dedicated server to boost the performance of your website! 

If you don’t come from a technical background and the idea is slightly overwhelming, don’t worry. ServerPronto offers great support, managed services and starter packages to help you navigate this world. Check out their different packages and start investing in your website’s User Experience ๐Ÿ™‚

ServerPronto has been specializing in dedicated servers since 1999 and offers unparalleled value to its customers. From top-quality feature-rich dedicated servers to 24/7 support through all imaginable channels, their testimonials and track record speak for themselves!

Cheers to creating a better user experience and scaling your business in a smart way 😊

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2 Comments

  1. Lucas Gamaleri
    November 21, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    I didn’t know the advantages for Search Engines. And it does make sense if you think.

    My team and I have been thinking whether to migrate to a dedicated server might be -or not- a good decision.

    And I believe that dedicated servers are good for starting companies. Because you will have all the benefits you mentioned, including a better performance for data, and clearly some advantages to accessing new clients by search engines..

    Nice article Masha! ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  2. November 23, 2019 / 6:05 am

    Thank you for this post! The checklist of the company needs are useful for whether they should get a dedicated server or a shared server. I host a few small business websites under my own hosting server and havenโ€™t had any issues in loading time yet. I do however give the client the options to choose. What would be the checklist if small businesses decide to use your shared hosting server?

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