If you find that your website is slowing down in terms of page load times, then it may be time to consider moving your hosting account to dedicated web hosting. If you are launching your very first website, you may be not be too sure about whether shared hosting will be good enough for you, but you may also find that the cost of dedicated web hosting is going to stretch your budget.
The demands your website places on server resources are most often the key factor in determining whether shared or dedicated web hosting is the most apt. The bottom line is that surfers will go to some other website if your pages are taking too long to load. Even when hosting companies like us use the very best servers with the very best load balancing technology, websites hosted on shared servers can suffer from degraded performance when demand on the server is at peak.
As telecommunications infrastructure and the hardware used to access websites increase in speed, surfer patience decreases. People expect almost instant results. You may have a website that provides outstanding value to your visitors, and those visitors may accept slight delays because they know what they will get is worth waiting for, However, you will face a big problem in holding on to first–time visitors if they do not wait for your pages to load.
Page Load Times
If your website is built with the intention of bringing in revenue, then clearly it is commercial suicide to fail to deliver what visitors want. What they want is to see the website fast. Web pages could be slow loading because of design faults, and that means they need to be rebuilt in a more streamlined fashion. Another common reason for slow loading pages is that the website is stored on a shared server.
Quite simply, when your website is on a shared server, you have no control over how the resources on the server are allocated, and you have no way of knowing what the demand on those resources is likely to be. Any testing you carry out to check your page load times is pretty much meaningless, because the demand on the server resources will be constantly changing.
You could carry out tests at various times throughout the day, and you could get totally different results. For example, if demand on server resources happens to be very high at the time you run your test, your page load times will be slow. The problem is that you will not know how busy the server is, so you cannot drill down to the root cause of slow page load times.
On the other hand, if you happen to run your test when there is low demand on the server, your pages will load very quickly. Once again, you cannot know how busy the server is, so it is impossible for you to draw an accurate conclusion about your website’s performance from the results of your test. You may think your website’s performance is really good, whereas in reality you could be losing large numbers of potential customers who get a totally different experience when they arrive at your site.
Problems That Dedicated Web Hosting Solves
When you use dedicated web hosting for your website, you eliminate slow loading times caused by using shared resources. Your website alone places demands on the server CPU, its RAM and its network infrastructure. That means that any testing you carry out on page load times will provide accurate results, because you will be able to correlate the results with the demand on the server when the test was run.
If your website enjoys phenomenal success, you may eventually find that even a dedicated web server is struggling to keep your website’s performance at an adequate level. The good news is that you can move to a higher specification dedicated web hosting package so that you can get even more server power.
For example, our entry level dedicated hosting package, which will be adequate for most new websites, provides a 64-bit operating system, 2 GB RAM, 320 GB storage, Intel i3 2 core CPU, and 5 TB per month in bandwidth. If your website’s performance starts slowing down, your tests can reveal what the problem is. Maybe you need more RAM, or a higher specification CPU.
We have a number of dedicated web hosting packages available that let you tailor resources to your specific requirements. If your testing shows that you need more processing power, then you can upgrade to an i7 4 core CPU. Perhaps you need more memory. We can provide up to 32 GB RAM, which should be ample for even the most demanding websites.
Every website needs to transfer data from the server to the visitors’ browsers, and the amount of data transferred is known as the bandwidth. Your hosting package will include monthly bandwidth up to a certain level. If you need more bandwidth, you will need to increase your bandwidth allocation. We offer different levels of bandwidth to satisfy your needs.
Control Over The Server
When your website is hosted on a shared server, you, and all the other website owners whose sites share the same server, cannot have any control over the server itself. This is simply to ensure that nobody introduces software to the server that might cause other websites to malfunction.
This inability to control the server is not an issue for the majority of website owners. However, there is the possibility that you may need to be able to access the server directly, and dedicated web hosting packages make this possible. Since any action an owner carries out will affect only his or her own website, we offer our customers full root access to dedicated servers.
Do I need technical expertise to manage a dedicated server?
Many people are under the misapprehension that choosing dedicated web hosting means they have to look after all aspects of server management themselves. People who do not have a high level of technical knowledge think this precludes them from having dedicated servers.
In fact, you do not need any additional technical knowledge when your website is hosted on a dedicated server. The only exception to this is if you want to install your own server software.
In the majority of cases, website owners want dedicated hosting simply because of the additional resources it brings. They are not interested in configuring the server in any way. With our dedicated web hosting package, your server is set up for you, you get our standard security features installed, and you get 24/7 network monitoring.
When the performance of your website is a critical aspect of your business, you will benefit from hosting it on a dedicated server. With dedicated web hosting, you get sole access to your server, so your website does not have to share server resources with other people’s websites. You do not need any additional technical expertise to run your website on a dedicated web hosting package. At webdevel.com, we offer the best server hosting, and we have a range of packages available, so you can choose the “best fit” package for your website. Contact us today to learn more.