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Dedicated Server

Dedicated Server

Major companies fulfill their hosting needs using a dedicated server. There are many advantages to using such a service. How important is good web hosting if you are a smaller scale business? You have to ask yourself what investment you are willing to make.

Performance

The main advantage of a dedicated server is performance. You are not sharing server resources. This means that other websites using the same shared server will not slow your websites performance. This results in maximized uptime for your website.

A dedicated server gives you plenty of disk space, bandwidth, SQL storage, and high performance. It also allows for scalability in a way that shared hosting cannot compete with.

Security

With shared hosting you do not have any say in which other websites are hosted on the server which provides your hosting. This means that your websites IP address is shared with other websites which can be nefarious – a black mark in terms of page rankings. You can be unjustly punished through sharing a server with negative domains.

With a dedicated server it is only you that is able to access the server. This provides more protection against malware and adware.

Technical Support

Technical support is another reason to chose dedicated hosting. However, this benefit is company dependent. Most companies will offer a higher tier of technical support for customers who are using a dedicated server compared to a shared server. Quicker response times can be worth their weight in gold when you have a business that relies on its website.

Dedicated server hosting vs purchasing a server

A server must be kept in a very specific environment. This means a temperature and moisture controlled climate. Many small and even mid sized businesses simply cannot afford the space and effort required to keep a server safe. Dedicated server hosting allows you to keep the expensive hardware out of sight and out of mind, secured against environmental and other factors.

Disadvantages of a dedicated server

The main disadvantage of a dedicated server is cost. Unlike shared hosting, where the cost of the server is split between multiple customers, dedicated hosting serves only you or your company. While you can host multiple websites using a single dedicated server it is you who will be paying the premium for the set up, maintenance, and other costs associated with a dedicated server.

We do not necessarily recommend a dedicated server for small businesses or beginners to web hosting. The advantages of the dedicated server generally do not outweigh the costs associated with it if you are not expecting a high volume of traffic and transactions on your site.

Dedicated servers are usually best for mid level companies which require a dedicated server but do not have the resources to purchase and maintain a server of their own. This is not a hard and fast rule. If you have a small business, do not necessarily be dissuaded if you expect to grow in the future as dedicated servers do offer unparalleled scalability compared to shared and cloud based hosting.

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Free Website Hosting

Free Website Hosting

Free web hosting is a great option for those who need hosting for non-commercial purposes. There are multiple free hosting options that can be the best to start out when you are just learning the ropes of website building. The drawback of free web hosting is, in general, that it comes with the company’s branding or ads. Generally you can upgrade to remove branding and advertisements once your blog or website starts to get popular. This makes free website hosting a good place to start out for bloggers on a budget.

It is important that you are choosing the right hosting for your needs. We do not recommend free hosting for those who are using their website for commercial services. We recommend it for those who are recreational users and bloggers. Free hosting is especially useful for those who wish to share their blogs as the online communities associated with each option frequent and share each others posts virally.

Where can you get Free Website hosting for businesses and organization use?

Weebly

Many small businesses use Weebly because it is simple and advertisement free. Headquartered in the tech hub of San Francisco, it has skyrocketed to popularity based on their widget based drag and drop website builder. It is incredibly simple to use. This free web hosting option has no advertisements.

Websites are hosted in the format of www.yourwebsite.weebly.com.

Weebly’s free web hosting infrastructure is cloud based. It features unlimited monthly bandwith as well as unlimited storage, though it does limit the file size of each individual file that you upload.

Upgrading to their paid plans is the only way to connect a non-branded domain. They have very reasonable paid plans at $8, $12, and $25 monthly which include a free domain registration for one year.

Among our list of free web hosting options, Weebly is the best for small businesses. Weebly caters less towards bloggers and more towards those who wish to set up a commercial venture but do not know where to start. If you do find that the disadvantages of the Weebly branding are becoming onerous, it is simple to upgrade.

GitHub Pages

For those who do not want to deal with databases, HTML, and other considerations, GitHub is a good option. It works with the Github repository.

Jekyll is the tool which Github uses in order to change plain text files into website. For feature is a must those who want more customization. GitHub has the advanage of being monetizable. You can include adsense and other forms of monetization such as donation buttons that other free hosting may not allow.

Websites are in the format of yourwebsite.github.io. You can also purchase a custom domain name and host it using GitHub. While this will not have the customer support, speed, and uptime guarantees of paid hosting, it is at no cost to yourself except the domain name itself.

GitHub is also useful for blogging. Those who generally use GitHub are programmers and computer experts, and it would be well suited for a technology blog.

 Where can you get Free Website hosting for blogging?

Google Blogger

There is a weight of reliability to every service that Google offers. Google’s free web hosting offers branded sites in the domain format of

www.yourwebsite.blogspot.com.

Google Adsense is the best way to monetize a blog. Google has integrated adsense into their blogger platform to make it exceptionally easy to monetize your website once you have traffic. Like other free web hosting, you can always upgrade to paid hosting in order to have your own custom domain.

Why would you choose Google Blogger? Reliability. Google backs up your blog, offers quick loading times, and has the easiest way to monetize.

What disadvantages are there to Google Blogger? You may become frustrated by the post structure. Permalinks are always shown as Website/Date/Post. This can lead to some ugly urls that are less shareable. For example if your site was cooloilpaintings.blogspot.com and you posted a article titled “The Best Oil Paintings” in September of 2016, your post link would be as follows:

http://cooloilpaintings.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-best-oil-paintings.html

That is not very pretty!

You can have up to 100 different blogs and up to 1GB of space. By creating a google plus account you will be upgrade to 15GB of space completely free. Individual pages are limited to 1MB.

WordPress

WordPress is an incredible free hosting option due to the huge amount of free themes that you can use. This can turn a free website into one that looks professional while needing little to no knowledge of website building. Their free websites are hosted in the format of www.yourwebsite.wordpress.com.

The WordPress free option will not be attractive to you if you wish to run adsense ads. WordPress restricts Google Adsense and all third party advertisers, but does have it’s own “WordAds” service for blogs that have reached both quality and traffic requirements. They also crackdown on paid posts, paid links, and other forms of monetizing their free blogs for other people’s products. They do allow you to promote your own products within reason.

WordPress is perfect for beginners and personal blogs but the free web hosting options do have limits. Experienced web designers will be frustrated by the lack of customizability of themes and will want to upgrade to either the WordPress paid hosting or use the WordPress platform for a site under a different paid hosting company.

Tumblr

For bloggers who wish to have a visually dominated blog, Tumblr is one of the best options. It’s main purpose is to share images and videos virally, and it is set up to make it intuitive and simple to share posts. Tumblr uses a category system which allows it to have very specific blogs catering to specific audiences. If you are able to grow a following by posting relevant, shareable content, then your page will grow. Tumblr would be well suited for a photographic blog.

 Advantages and Disadvantages of free hosting

Why do we recommend paid hosting over free hosting? Reliability. The advantage of free hosting is obvious. It is free. You pay for your custom domain name and use the service, or you use their branded domain name and do not pay a dime. If you are a blogger or have a small business, this can work for you. If you are trying to establish your own brand and your own website, having a custom domain name is necessary to establish a following and to give weight to your information.

Free hosting may work well for you if you do not require your website to be as fast as commercial hosting offers, and if the occasional downtime is acceptable to you. If you have an online store or are monetizing your website through advertisement services, slow page loading times and downtime will hurt your bottom line. Once you have reached a point of growing your website where you are able to make a side income, offer a different income stream to a brick and mortar business, or simply establish an online presence, the disadvantages of free hosting become more pronounced. It is not acceptable for your website to go down when you have customers waiting. With numerous cheap hosting options available, there are better options for those who are serious about their website.