Virtually any business that wants to grow in today’s era needs to have an online presence. While creating a website and initially going with shared hosting is relatively straightforward, there may come a point when the website traffic or website resource requirements might be too much for a shared hosting service to handle. However, this is actually a good thing, as it is a sign that the business is growing. At the same time, it might be time to upgrade to a VPS or dedicated server for more control and power. There are a few signs that businesses need to pay attention to:
First, anyone who is noticing that their websites are starting to slow down will need to upgrade to a dedicated server of some form. If the websites are slow to respond, this is a sign that an upgrade is needed. If visitors are continually hit by messages that say “server error” or that your plan resource limit is reached, this is going to frustrate potential customers and they will likely take their business elsewhere. If load times are starting to slow or fail, it is critical to upgrade your web hosting. More resources and processing power can lead to a dramatic increase in website performance almost instantly.
One of the ways that businesses often react to the increases in traffic is to launch multiple websites to expand; however, this is another sign that more powerful hosting could be needed. The more websites a business creates, the more visitors there is likely to be and more pressure is put on the hosting package. If companies are finding that they have multiple sites, it could be better to simply bring all of these sites under a single dedicated server or VPS.
Finally, any business that is looking to improve their overall level of security and flexibility is going to need to move to a dedicated server. As businesses grow, they are going to have more sensitive and valuable information than ever before. There are unscrupulous people who may want to steal this information for their own nefarious purposes. In order to increase their website security, it is critical to move to a server setup that they can control. This may mean hiring an expert to set up the server, but there are plenty of affordable services for this. Having your own server means you can use settings that are more secure to your business model because the only sites on the server will be your own. It means you can deactivate unnecessary features and highly secure the server specific to your website setups. With complete control over the server, the security of the business is going to be improved.
The above items are only a few of the many signs that a business might need to upgrade to a dedicated server. There are numerous advantages that come with having a dedicated server, including faster response times, combined with increased security and more resources. A dedicated server can also help businesses improve their overhead costs when they have numerous hosting plans that could be moved to a single server or VPS.
It is not always a good idea to go for the cheapest server either. The reason for this is that you want a reliable setup and a server that is located as close to your target audience as possible. For example, if you are doing or planning to do business in Asia, you might want to consider moving to your own server located in Asia or your target country (just FYI, but the Asian Economic Community is a popular target market for companies at the moment). Whether you choose a more affordable VPS or a full dedicated server depends on your needs. But, having your own server physically located near your target audience will allow your business to expand and for your websites or apps to remain stable and fast. By being nearer your target audience, websites should load faster without the need for a CDN. However, if you are accessing the server from another region, it is possible that things might appear slower to you. Always get someone local to test out your website when you are setting up a server in another country.