If you’re a jaded web development professional, you probably tend to forget about the confusion you experienced when you were first introduced to the world of web hosting. For newcomers, the vague and sometimes contradictory terms associated with hosting and servers can be intimidating. Beginners tend to opt for the cheapest plan possible without weighing the pros and cons of any given option. Depending on the specific site you plan on hosting, it can be wise to purchase a more robust, more expensive server. If you need more than a shared hosting plan can provide, a dedicated server might be the ticket.
What Are Dedicated Servers?
Website content can be served up from a diverse array of machines. Most small to medium-sized sites typically use either shared hosting or Virtual Private Server hosting to deliver a moderate level of performance. While a shared hosting plan or VPS is usually powerful enough for most entry-level sites, they simply won’t do once you reach a certain level of daily traffic. For the best performance possible, you’ll need a dedicated server that gives you maximum control over your machine. A dedicated server allows you to host a website from a single machine with its own RAM, CPU power and disk space.
Why They’re Necessary
For most sites, dedicated servers become a necessity when daily traffic figures hit a number that can’t be supported by a shared hosting plan or VPS. A shared host’s allotted portion of a machine’s CPU power, memory, disk space and data throughput can only respond to so many requests at the same time. A dedicated host can handle far more simultaneous requests. Furthermore, dedicated servers allow webmasters to distance their websites from others in the eyes of search engines like Google. As a result, dedicated servers can improve SEO, strengthen security and ultimately enable greater flexibility for those that have exact server requirements.
Choosing a Dedicated Server
When settling on a particular dedicated server, there are a few major considerations to take into account. For one thing, a topnotch dedicated server needs to be supported by a fast network with at least 100Gbit of total capacity. In addition, it’s important to look at the hardware you’ll be getting with your dedicated hosting plan. The latest processors and plenty of RAM are absolutely critical. Furthermore, there’s the question of on-site management and maintenance of your hardware by the hosting company in question. Exemplary technical support is a must if you’re at all interested in avoiding frustrating hiccups and potentially disastrous downtime.
Web Hosting Canada’s Dedicated Options
Power Servers are Web Hosting Canada’s version of dedicated hosting. Their entry-level Starter plan provides users with a machine that boasts a 1.8GHz AMD Athlon X2 dual-core CPU, 4GB of DDR2 RAM and two 320GB HDDs. Like all of the dedicated hosting plans available from Web Hosting Canada, Starter comes with unlimited bandwidth. In addition, users can choose from a number of operating system such as Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS or Windows. Most impressive of all is the fact that it includes 24/7 support and Level 1 management for a mere C$69 per month.
If the Starter plan isn’t quite your speed, you can always move up to the Pro plan. Starting at a very reasonable C$89 per month, it boasts an AMD Athlon X4 quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and dual 1TB hard drives. With the Pro plan, customers get up to 4 available static IP addresses and unlimited bandwidth via a 100Mbps port. As with any plan from Web Hosting Canada, users can be assured of a 4-hour turnaround time on hardware replacement if anything should go awry. The Pro plan also comes with 2GB of FTP backup.
For the ultimate in dedicated server hosting, the Power Server X8 plan is the way to fly. Starting at C$119 per month, it runs on a machine that has an 8-core Opteron 3280 CPU clocked at 2.4GHz, 16GB of DDR3 RAM and two 2TB hard drives. Aside from the fact that it utilizes an incredibly powerful machine, the X8 plan includes unlimited bandwidth, 2GB of free FTP backup, your choice of a datacenter in North America or Europe and up to 4 dedicated IP addresses. Back-end administration is handled by Plesk 10, which makes setting up and configuring a server an absolute breeze.
The Right Dedicated Server for You
It’s important to match your server requirements with the proper dedicated option to get the best return on your investment. Of course, accurately estimating your needs can be difficult if you’re new to the dedicated server world. Scaling up to a higher level of dedicated server presents its own difficulties. Web Hosting Canada’s dedicated servers are configured to provide adequate coverage across the spectrum of demand and priced to move. If you need a dedicated server that can go the distance with a minimum of hassle, Web Hosting Canada is the way to go.