Why is Dedicated Hosting So Expensive and is it Right for My Blog?

by on October 19th, 2012

Dedicated Server Hosting PlansDedicated hosting is not like “cloud,” shared or VPS hosting. Instead of sharing a server or multiple servers, the website is hosted on its own dedicated machine. There’s no competition for resources, and the benefits are numerous.

Cost

Leasing a dedicated server is more expensive than using a shared hosting environment. This is due to the fact that the server is only hosting one website instead of multiple websites. There’s no one else to share the cost of the server.

Costs for renting a dedicated server range from $100 to $600 a month. The monthly cost is determined by the power of the machine, the allotted bandwidth and the specific account features.

A $100 a month server generally includes the operating system of your choice, usually Linux or Windows, two gigabytes of RAM, more than 300 gigabytes of storage space and five terabytes of bandwidth.

A $600 a month server generally includes the operating system of your choice, 1,200 gigabytes of hard drive space, 32 gigabytes of RAM, several dedicated IP addresses and 10 terabytes of bandwidth a month.

Other account features could include a free month of service, a 30 day money-back guarantee and discounts for purchasing multiple years of hosting up front.

Who needs dedicated hosting?

Dedicated hosting is great for anyone or any business that wants to lease an entire server and needs lots of storage space and bandwidth. It’s also good for websites that need to run quickly with a 99 percent or better up-time.

The typical leasers of dedicated hosting include individuals who own large blogs and medium to large corporations and businesses.

Affordable

Dedicated hosting is more affordable than you might think. The cost is certainly justifiable given the large amounts of resources available. Dedicated hosting packages are also scalable. A business or individual could purchase the lowest cost package for multiple years in order to make the hosting package more affordable. If the website grows faster than expected or generates more revenue than expected, the hosting package can be upgraded to the next highest level.

For Example:

Let’s say you’ve just started your small business or blog. You want the reliability of dedicated hosting, but can’t afford hundreds of dollars a month. Instead of purchasing the largest package for $600 a month, purchase the smallest package for $100 a month. The smallest package should include enough space, bandwidth and RAM to accommodate a medium to large website. This saves $500 a month over the largest hosting package. As the website, traffic and revenue increases, you can easily upgrade to the next larger package.

Hassle-free Upgrades

Upgrading to the next larger package is completely hassle-free. In most instances, all it takes is clicking a few buttons or calling the hosting company. The upgrade should be completely seamless. Though, it may take as long as 48 hours, depending on how the hosting company upgrades your website. The hosting company could opt to switch machines or upgrade your current machine. Either way, you should notice zero downtime. Hosting companies like InMotionHosting are experts at seamlessly transitioning websites.

About the Author:

Barry Boggs

– has written 19 posts for Cheap Hosting Compared.

Barry is a long-time website developer specializing in credit card websites and Wordpress development. When not working on websites and developing SEO tools, Barry and his wife love to travel whenever possible, especially to Ireland.

Barry currently resides in Chicago, IL with his wife and two dogs.


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