What is Dedicated Hosting?
Dedicated Hosting is when you have a server dedicated to just your websites. Your websites are the only websites being served by the dedicated server.
Some dedicated hosting providers offer manage and unmanaged server packages. A manage dedicated server means the hosting provider manages things like software, hardware, network, and security which could result no headaches for you. An unmanaged dedicated server means the hosting provider does not manage software, hardware, network or security. The advantage of the unmanaged dedicated server is it typically cost less and if you are knowledgeable about servers, you have the ability to set the dedicated server how you want, such as which flavor of Linux you would like to use.
Typically someone choses a dedicated server when they need the extra power and resources of having the entire server dedicated to their website or websites.
Advantages of Dedicated Hosting
There are many advantages to using a dedicated hosting server, including increase load speed of pages, ability to handle higher traffic websites and improved security. If you are a web designer or looking to host other businesses websites, you can take advantage of the ability to manage clients’ accounts (ability to set storage, bandwidth and many other settings) and offer your own name sever, which results in better branding for your business. Having a dedicated hosting account also allows you to have multiple IP addresses for your websites as well as multiple processers to handle high traffic websites.
Disadvantages of Dedicated Hosting
There are very few disadvantages to picking a dedicated hosting server. The major one would be if you do not need the additional resources dedicated hosting provides over shared hosting or a VPS. Some providers of dedicated hosting provide limit support on hardware, software, networking or security issues. Check with a potential dedicated hosting provider to make sure that your level of computer skills matches the requirements of the dedicated hosting package you are considering.