By now, you know that you can do a lot better than a basic shared hosting plan. In fact, you know you deserve better. If that’s the case, why not skip past the middle stage (virtual private server/VPS hosting) altogether and go straight for a dedicated server? There are plenty of reasons this is a bad idea. Dedicated hosting is reserved for only the biggest of companies and enterprises with the deepest of pockets. However, even if you magically got somebody to fund this endeavor for you, you don’t really need it. Here’s why dedicated servers are only for a select few:
- It’s expensive: The server alone might cost $200,000. You’ll likely need to hire your own team to manage it; and if not, you’d better have a full staff on board to keep it safe. You’ll need to basically have a data center (whether rented or built yourself) and take care of a systems administrator, security staff, technicians, etc.
- You don’t need that much security: Actually, there’s no such thing as too much security. However, VPS hosting offers nearly the same level of security as a dedicated server—since it’s basically the same thing. With VPS hosting, you share a physical server with others, but that server has been separated into a series of virtual servers that act like dedicated servers. In the end, you have plenty of security (but remember there’s no such thing as foolproof).
- You don’t know how to use it: The odds of you being a prime systems administrator who has time to spare to run a business is slim to none. Most businesses need to hire professionals to care for at least some aspects of their server management. There’s no shame in that. However, that means that even if you have a dedicated server, you’re not going to see it or manipulate it much. If that’s the case, why bother?
Still, there are some people who aren’t at the head of their enterprise who want a dedicated server “just because.” Maybe they’re a techie and want to work on their own server without any restrictions (well, besides the legal ones). If you can afford it, have at it—but remember that it’s not really going to help your business.
In the grand scheme of things, VPS hosting gives you everything you need whether you’re an entrepreneur, startup, mid-sized business, or even a major company.
“This is Dedicated…”
So, who needs dedicated hosting? Big, massive, usually multi-national businesses that can easily afford to build and maintain their own data center for their own servers. This (probably) isn’t you, and likely won’t ever be. That’s totally fine, but don’t feel pressured into living the high life like your enterprise counterparts. Your money can be spent on much better investments, like a better designed website or some SEO love.
A good web hosting company won’t pressure you to go one direction or another, especially if it heads in the direction of better profits for them. Ask your web host about VPS hosting and rest easy knowing you’re in good hands.