If you want to take on the whole responsibility of your site, the data and the machine that it’s stored on then you will need to buy into a dedicated server. It does what it says on the tin, and is entirely dedicated to you, puts you in control and means you can do whatever you like with your space on the Internet.

When it comes to dedicated server hosting you can choose from Managed or Unmanaged. If you opt for a managed dedicated server, you hand over some of the responsibility to the web host providers, but it’s up to you to provide the data.

According to mymommybiz.com, “the host will ensure all the technicalities of keeping servers up-to-date and running smoothly are done. If the server goes down, the hosting company will get it back online for you.” This may be the best option if you are lacking in the technical skills for the whole hog because you’re still in control of the data.

Mymommybiz.com also mentions, “an unmanaged dedicated server means you are responsible for every aspect of maintaining the server, from installing upgrades and patches and ensuring server uptime.” You should have the confidence in your own talent to be able to choose between the two, but here are a few more things to consider before you sign the deal.

Technical proficiency

The first question you should ask yourself is; am I ready for a dedicated server? Despite most companies offering around the clock assistance, the ball is in your court so it’s important for you to learn as much as you can about running a server before you get into trouble.

Full control isn’t cheap

Dedicated servers are up there with the most expensive when it comes to looking for a web hosting due to there only being one account to each machine instead of what could be several. Is this something your business can afford? Where is the datacentre?

This is often overlooked, but you have considered the data centre that’s storing all of your presumably confidential information. Look for a company that is transparent about this sort of information. For example uk2.net offer a guided video tour around their datacentre on their website, showing that it is actively protected against disaster and criminals.

Despite owning your own data, you are still effectively renting a server from a hosting company, so make sure you trust them!

Chelsea Ellsworth