Last week was one of the best—and worst—of your life. Your web site finally gained the traction you had long hoped for, and, one night, you experienced your first spike in web traffic, recording almost as many visits in two hours as you had received in the previous two months. And then you reached your bandwidth limits. Your potential customers couldn’t reach your site, and you lost an untold number of potential fans and even sales. But, thankfully, the spike wasn’t temporary, and you’re starting with week with thousands of new regular visitors.
The shared hosting or cloud Virtual Private Server plan you’ve been using won’t work anymore, and you’re not sure where to turn. Are you ready for a dedicated server? What will that entail? You’ve been happy with your current site, you just need it to handle the traffic. At A Small Orange, we offer hosting solutions for sites of all sizes, and our hosting packages are designed to give growing websites the hosting they need. At the top of the heap is the dedicated server, which gives you the flexibility and power you need to handle almost anything.
What is a dedicated server?
A server is a computer, fed by power and connected to the Internet, that hosts your website. When you’re running a small website, you don’t need that much storage space, memory, or bandwidth, so you can get by with a shared hosting plan, where your account is one of a hundreds on a single server. If you need a little more space, you can use a virtual private server. But, if your demands can’t be met by traditional shared plans, you need to consider a dedicated server. A dedicated server is a server that you can call your own, because it is. The processing power, the memory, the hard drive space, the operating system are all yours to modify and exploit for your own purposes. You have more bandwidth to take advantage of, so you can handle many more visitors than you could before. In short, dedicated servers offer the best web hosting out there, and are essential for sites that count their visitors in the thousands, or even millions.
What are the benefits of a dedicated server?
With a dedicated server, you have total control over your server. You can install custom applications and operating software. You can choose how much memory to install, what kind of hard drive you want, and how powerful you need your processor to be. With each of our packages, you get five free IP addresses. As always, you benefit from our exceptional technical support, which takes a lot of the worry out of managing a dedicated server, and you can add proactive support to ensure that your system will be maintained and updated by the professionals at A Small Orange. Take a look at our Dedicated Server plans here.
What about hybrid servers?
If you’re not ready to take the plunge and get a dedicated server, a hybrid server gives you many of the advantages of a dedicated server at a lower cost. At A Small Orange, a hybrid server is, in effect, a supercharged Cloud VPS (Virtual Private Server). That is, your server is “virtual,” and shares the resources of several servers in order to meet your demand. While our Cloud VPS offerings limit your bandwidth, our hybrid servers give you substantially more bandwidth at the same price point, making it perfect for the small, but frequently visited site. Hybrid servers are also easier to manage than dedicated servers, so you won’t have to make quite so many decisions out of the box. Get the details on our Hybrid plans here. Whether you choose a hybrid or dedicated server, moving to the next level of web hosting is an absolute must if you find yourself in need of server capacity that meets your site’s newfound success. Need web hosting with exceptional customer service? Check out all our hosting plans here. Photo via Beraldo Leal