While using shared hosted services to run a website may be an adequate solution for less-sizeable companies with low traffic and a small web presence, as your firm expands, it’s likely you’ll outgrow these options. Therefore, it’s important you’re able to identify when the limitations of such tools are starting to act as a drag on your business. If your website isn’t good enough, the chances are you’ll lose out on potential sales, while if the speed is slow or the design is out of date, this won’t leave a positive impression on potential new customer, which will lead to them looking elsewhere.
Many of the problems with low-performing sites caused by limited shared hosting services can be rectified by upgrading to dedicated servers as the basis of your web hosting. But when should you be looking to do this?
If you’re not an experienced user, it may be hard for you to spot when you’ve outgrown your current solution. However, enterprise news and advice website Dynamic Business recently pointed out several key signs you need to keep an eye out for that are indicators you should be thinking about upgrading.
The need for control
If you’re used shared services, you may find that the resources offered by these tools are no longer adequate for controlling all the various functions of your website as your business grows. For instance, if you need to add new capabilities, having full control over the operating system and hardware resources such as memory will be vital, but it often isn’t possible to get these kind of results from a shared hosting contract.
While adopting a virtual private server can go some way to solving these issues, if you need a server solution that you have full control over and can upgrade on demand, choosing to build your own dedicated server tailored to your exact needs is really the best way forward.
Another problem caused by having to share bandwidth resources with other sites is the potential for bottlenecks to occur. This could be particularly problematic at peak times, especially if you’re looking to use your website as an ecommerce platform to sell directly to customers, who may get frustrated and turn elsewhere if speeds aren’t high enough.
Tools such as bandwidth pooling can help with this if you’re using dedicated servers, by allowing you to move resources to less under-pressure servers at peak times, enabling you to operate your site more efficiently and guarantee fast access to end-users.
Warnings or account suspensions
One of the biggest issues with using shared services noted by Dynamic Business is the caps on resources many of these services impose. Even if they claim to offer unlimited resources, they could still issue a warning or even suspend your account without notice if you’re judged to be using excessive computing resources.
If this has happened to you, it’s the clearest sign you’ve outgrown shared hosting. There are many good reasons why your site could be very power-hungry, such as if your marketing campaigns are resulting in traffic spikes, so dedicated servers are an ideal solution to this.
“Not only can you use all of the dedicated server’s resources, but you’ll also be allowed to play around with the server configuration for better performance,” the website observed.