Budgeting for a Dedicated Server: What You Need to Know

September 2016


Dedicated Server Hosting

Having a dedicated server is highly recommended for businesses of all sizes. Even for a small business just starting out, a dedicated server can help to ensure that the page load times on your website are as fast as possible, and that you don’t have to worry about unexpected downtime that could cost you business. Of course, one of the challenges many small business owners face is that of figuring out how to budget appropriately for a dedicated server. Fortunately, we have some budgeting tips to help make things easier on you.

Research Costs and Add-Ons

Start by doing some research on the specific features you need in a dedicated server. This will help you get an idea of how much you can expect to spend per month or per year (depending on how you’re going about purchasing the service). Specifically, when paying a monthly price, be sure to find out how much monthly site traffic is supported. Also, be on the lookout for additional fees, such as maintenance and software licenses fees.

Consider Cost vs. Value

When you’re on a tight budget, it can be tempting to simply go with the cheapest dedicated server option you can find. However, it’s important to consider the cost of the package versus the value of the service you’re getting. For example, it may be worth it to spend a little more each month to have a dedicated server with a 100 percent uptime guarantee and 24/7 technical support, rather than to save a few bucks by foregoing these features that could make all the difference.

Think Long-Term

When shopping for a dedicated server package, it’s also worth considering where you anticipate your business being in a year, three years, and even five years from now. How do you think your hosting needs may change? If you see your business really taking off and growing in the near future, then it’s important to find a dedicated server option that can grow with your business seamlessly. The last thing you want is to have to start the shopping process all over again in a year when your site traffic has grown, and your current server can no longer handle it. Transferring or migrating your data between servers may end up being an extra cost, depending on whether you would need to hire a professional to do it for you or if you have one on staff. This process also takes your server offline, which means your website or clients using the server will not be accessible for a period of time. You don’t want to do this often.

Decide for or Against a Managed Server

Depending on your level of experience, you may want to consider a managed server for your business needs. You’ll pay a little more, but you’ll also have a team of professionals handling important aspects of managing your server, such as keeping security updates installed and making sure data is backed up regularly as well. For many business owners, this additional cost is well worth the time and hassle saved.

If you’re looking for affordable dedicated servers to suit your company’s changing needs, contact our team at ReliableSite today. We’d be happy to help you find the right dedicated or managed server option to suit your budget and needs.