How do I know when it’s time to upgrade my server?
As your website grows, you will get more traffic on your page, meaning you will need more bandwidth and disc space to handle this new traffic. There are a number of possibilities for upgrading or downgrading your server, like:
In a shared hosting environment, for example, your website lives off a shared space with other websites. If your traffic increases then you will need more of the server resources to support your website traffic, resources such as bandwidth, disk space, etc. Increased traffic may also affect other websites that are sharing the same server with you because you may us up their resources also available for them, degrading their visitors experience.
At Hostingb2b, we have a 99.9% uptime, so even when you are on a shared hosting plan, there is a possibility that you may experience small periods of downtime, however this is not guaranteed to ever happen. However, more stability for your email and website, from a business point of view, may be worth the extra cost of upgrading to a VPS or dedicated server.
As you can imagine, sharing a server with other websites exposes your website to security risks, malware attacks and attacks from hackers. When you upgrade to a VPS or a dedicated server though, you eliminate these risks because you have a server all to yourself, therefore you have more protection for your website, your client and their sensitive information.
Root access is when you have control over your server and you can carry out anything you want on the server, however this feature is only available on VPS and Dedicated servers. The feature allows you to do things like;
- Install server-wide applications
- Configure these applications (for example Apache or MySQL)
- Edit any file on the server.
If root access is something you need, then upgrading to a VPS or Dedicated server is the right choice.
If you have had it on your mind for a while, then its probably the right time to take action, however there are a few factors you can look at that can help your decision.
As an industry, the standard now is 99% and anything below that is not acceptable. If you are experiencing more than this amount, the reason may be that you are using more resources than what your server can handle.
Today, visitors expect a website to be fast and efficient. If yours is not, then it is likely you will lose customers permanently. Too much downtime and slow performance may be signs that your server is not equipped with bandwidth or RAM to handle your website.
Often with Shared Hosting plans, you have little to no customization options, which may cause issues with how you want to align your business. If your business requires unique software or custom applications, then it is best to go with a VPS or Dedicated server as you won’t be able to apply the customizations on a Shared server.
If your website stores client’s personal information, then website security is a huge deal. If this information is breached, it would not only damage your business’ reputation, but it would also bring on the possibility of litigation. Upgrading to a VPS or Dedicated server takes your business out of harms way and puts it into much safer hands.
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