Dangers of Foregoing a Dedicated Server for Your Business

September 2016

Are you a business owner? If so, then regardless of whether you operate your business online, in a brick-and-mortar location, or a combination of both, there’s a good chance you have a website and an online presence. Unfortunately, if you’re hosting your own servers in an effort to save money, you could be harming your business in a number of ways. If it’s in your budget, you may want to make the switch to a dedicated server for business, which is hosted by a reliable company — and for good reasons.

Slower Page Load Times

When you host your own servers in your home or office, you just don’t have the speed and reliability of a dedicated server in a data center. You run the risk of having slower page-load times on your business website or within your application. This means that when a visitor to your site or clicks on a link or tries to use your app, it takes longer than it should to load. These days, visitors aren’t patient or understanding of slow load times and will leave if they get frustrated by the slow speeds, so you could be losing out on business as a result.

Unexpected Downtime

Self-hosted servers also require a lot more time and effort to run on your part, so you could experience unexpected downtime if you’re not extremely careful and on top of your hosting. When your site experiences downtime, you could be losing out on profits by the minute (especially if you run an eCommerce site). With a data center-hosted dedicated server, you can practically guarantee 100% uptime, giving you added peace of mind and one less thing to worry about as a business owner.

Lack of Data Security

These days, businesses seem to be experiencing data breaches frequently, which not only puts clients’ and customers’ data at risk but also hurts the reputation of the companies involved. Self-managed servers require a lot more security precautions, and if you’re not taking them seriously, you could easily fall victim to a data breach or other security compromise. Protect your and your customers’ data on your site with a dedicated server that has DDoS protection, and other important security measures already in place.

Customer Frustrations

All in all, perhaps the biggest risk of trying to host your own server is that of disappointing your customers or potential customers. When someone visits your business website, they expect it to run smoothly and reliably. All it takes is one glitch or bad experience to possibly lose a customer for life. With the reliability and speed from a dedicated server, you can rest assured that your customers will be able to count on your site for their needs.

Are you interested in setting up a dedicated server for business? Here at ReliableSite, dedicated servers are our specialty and we can work with just about any sized company or budget. Feel free to reach out and contact us today so we can get started in helping you choose the right server option for your company’s needs.