When To Move To A Dedicated Server

The right time to move to a dedicated server often isn’t that obvious. Essentially, when a shared environment is no longer providing the performance the services, or the options that your website needs, you’re going to start looking for alternatives. The option of a dedicated server is at some point going to come up, but you don’t know if your site really needs it. So, here’s a few pointers to consider to help you make up your mind. Performance If you pay premium rates for your shared server hosting, then you might well be getting superb results despite heavy traffic. If this is the case, then performance is not going to be so big an issue for you. However, if this isn’t the case, a reasonable understanding of your site’s traffic levels will be important in determining the potential value of switching to a dedicated server. The point at which traffic becomes an issue for a site depends a great deal on what the site delivers. If it’s a static site (meaning it has no database content) that is mostly text, then even tens of thousands of daily visitors might not have a noticeable impact on the site. However, if the content is image heavy, or contains Flash or other multimedia, or perhaps requires a lot of database activity (because of forums for instance), then the impact of traffic on the site is going to be considerably greater. At the simplest level, performance problems will manifest themselves by your site beginning to slow down, causing long waits for visitors while pages load. Some visitors might begin to see error...

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