5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Dedicated Server

February 2017


So, you’ve decided that it’s time to upgrade from your web-hosting package to a dedicated server as a means of making your life easier and your hosting more reliable. Still, before you select a hosting package, there are some important questions you’ll want to ask. Your answers to these questions will help guide you toward making the right decision when it comes to your hosting purchase.

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What Do I Need a Dedicated Server For?

Start by answering the most basic question: What will you be using your server for? Typically, most people will need dedicated hosting for one of two reasons. They either need a reliable server host for a business website, or they’re into online gaming and have decided to purchase a dedicated hosting package for their gaming needs.

How Much Bandwidth Do I Need?

Because hosting packages can vary in terms of their bandwidth, you’ll also want to consider how much of it you need. If you’re hardcore into gaming, then there’s a good chance you’ll need more bandwidth than somebody who is hosting a small personal site. Most of our packages come with 10TB of bandwidth, but if you anticipate that may not be enough, we recommend one of our storage servers, which includes unmetered bandwidth for your added peace of mind.

What Type of Processor and Memory Do I Need?

Another important question to answer is that of how much memory and what kind of processor speeds you’ll need. These factors can impact the speed, which means faster page loading times for your business website and lower latency for your online gaming. Our basic hosting packages start at 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 4 x 1.8 GHz processor. If you’re not sure what you need, we can help.

Do I Need a Managed or Unmanaged Server?

Most people making the switch to a dedicated server will be fine starting out with an unmanaged server. However, if your business takes off or you simply don’t have the time to manage your own, you may eventually want to consider switching to a managed server. This allows you to sit back and relax while trained professionals monitor and manage your server remotely.

How Might My Hosting Needs Change in the Future?

Finally, don’t forget to consider how your hosting needs may change in the future. Of course, this can be difficult to anticipate now, but it’s important to find a hosting company that will work with you in terms of upgrading or downgrading your hosting package as needed. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a hosting package that isn’t working for you.

Now that you have a better idea of what to consider before choosing a dedicated server option, you’ll be able to reach the right decision. If you need any help along the way, be sure to contact the ReliableSite team for assistance in choosing the hosting option that suits your needs.