Do I Need My Own Server?
Many businesses require their own server to handle all of their web traffic. Here’s what you need to know before you decide to upgrade:
5 Signs You Need Your Own Server
Before you commit to your own server, here are a few signs that you’ve outgrown your existing resources:
1. High Volume of Traffic
You may need your own server if you’re experiencing consistent, high volume traffic. For websites with regular six-figure web traffic, we recommend switching to your own server. Staying on a shared server that doesn’t have enough resources for significant amounts of web traffic could negatively affect your site. Your website could crash, which could cost you profits and credibility.
2. Slow Page Speed
If your website takes too long to load, it could be a symptom that your bandwidth is strained. Long page load times is an indication that your website is experiencing too much traffic for your existing server resources. 40% of people will abandon a website if it takes longer than three seconds to load. Every second counts so make sure your server isn’t slowing you down. Check your page speed here.
3. Managing More Email Accounts
Are you hiring more people and managing more and more of their email accounts? Managing email resources for an increasing number of users is another sign that you may need your own server. Not only can a server offer more resources for your growing email usage, but it makes management easier as well. You can dictate your own email file sizes and capacity limits as well as the number of accounts you have.
4. Using or Creating Custom Applications
A growing business often requires applications for managing employee time clocks or accounting software for logging expenses. Many of these types of applications require a secure database to protect the private information of your business and employees. With your own server, you can securely store your database and limit access to prevent security breaches.
5. Want Improved Security Management
If you’re worried your growing business will become a bigger target for hackers, you may want to increase your security with your own server. Having your own server is one of the most secure types of web hosting. It also offers centralized management for your network security.
What is Dedicated hosting?
For growing businesses, having your own server will speed up your website and improve your overall security. You can get started with Dedicated hosting, which is a type of hosting where you occupy an entire server. With Dedicated hosting, your account will run on its own server so, you don’t share resources with anyone else.
When you think about getting your own server, you may be picturing a machine kept in your office or home. With Dedicated hosting, you can use a server stored in a secure facility equipped with the necessary emergency systems and climate control. This way you don’t have to worry about anyone tampering with your physical server and you can count on professional technicians to service it for you.
Advantages of Dedicated Hosting
With a Dedicated hosting account, you get the whole server to yourself. Having your own server allows for a higher level of customization and control over than other types of hosting. Dedicated hosting also offers better performance overall, improved security, and more reliable infrastructure.
Because you have exclusive use of your server, you’ll see improved website performance in terms of speed and storage. As your website grows, you don’t need to worry about straining your bandwidth or reaching your storage limit with Dedicated hosting. With all of the server resources to yourself, you can count on your site to load faster and not be slowed down by other people. You can also customize server to meet your specifications. You can choose the operating system, software, and hardware.
Here are some features of Dedicated hosting at pair:
- Robust email hosting with unlimited mailboxes
- Custom applications
- Backups and advanced security
- Unlimited domains and websites
- Full development environment
- Custom server configurations available
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates also available
At pair Networks, our custom-built Dedicated hosting services use private, bare-metal servers and browsable file backups for an extra level of security. We also have a Dedicated security team to monitor your server.
Note: pair offers seasonal upgrades for users who experience high volume web traffic depending on the time of year. For example, if you experience more traffic around the holidays, then you upgrade your services to accommodate the seasonal upswing and downgrade during your off-season. This means you only pay for the resources you need and actually use. Give us a call at 1-877-724-7638 if you want to learn more!
Your Next Steps
If you’re not ready for your own server just yet, there are other options that will still allow you to upgrade your services. Your additional options include:
With Shared hosting, you share a server and its resources with other users. That doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade though! Different plans come with different amounts of storage space and bandwidth. Learn more about your Shared hosting options.
For WordPress websites, you probably want a server that is optimized for WordPress. Our WP hosting servers are customized for WordPress. As a resource-intensive CMS, WordPress can be difficult to manage without an optimized server. Learn more about your WP hosting options (which included Dedicated for WordPress).
If you’re almost ready for your own server, but your budget isn’t quite there you may want to consider VPS hosting. With VPS hosting, you still have to share a server with others, but it feels like you have it all to yourself. Your server resources are reserved specifically for you so, your performance won’t be affected by others who share the server. Learn more about your VPS hosting options.
If you are ready for your own server, it’s time to get started!
Getting Started with Dedicated Hosting
Our Dedicated hosting packages start at just $99/month, which includes:
- 4 Cores at 3.1 GHz
- 8 GB DDR4 RAM
- Dual 250 GB hard drives
- 12 TB bandwidth
You can use our configurator to build your own Dedicated hosting plan. Or give us a call at 1-877-724-7638! We’d be happy to help you determine the best type of service you need.
Are you ready to get your own server? Then, get started with Dedicated hosting!