By Jag October 3, 2017, 7:15 PM
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- Getting a business of the ground can often feel like a balancing act. You don’t want to handicap yourself by not investing enough into the business to ensure it runs successfully. Conversely, you can easily find yourself in a situation where you have too much overhead in relation to the value you’re actually getting from sinking so much money into your venture. This can happen at every level of your operation. Whether it’s having too many employees vs. too little or renting out huge office space, it’s important to be critical of what you’re paying for. This extends to your website, as well. There are many options when it comes to hosting solutions and they’re all priced differently. They range all the way from a couple of dollars a month for shared hosting all the way up to having dedicated servers for maximum performance. Everyone wants the latest, greatest, best, and fastest. It’s why people upgrade their smartphones every year. But, when it comes to running your business, the highest performance speeds come at a cost. If you’re running a static, informational site, a dedicated server is probably overkill when it comes to your needs. Do you have a big e-commerce store, though? Then going dedicated might make more sense for you. Let’s explore who would benefit the most from opting for a dedicated server.
What is a Dedicated Server?First things first, a quick explanation of what a dedicated server actually is. When you sign up for shared hosting, you’re on a physical server with many other different websites and you’re using the same resource pool. One machine, many sites. A VPS is the web hosting solution that most developers and business owners will probably want to opt for because it is a safe middle option. You are still on one physical machine with many sites, but each site gets its own resources so there is absolute minimal impact on your performance due to your neighbors. Then there is a dedicated server which is an entire physical machine dedicated to just your site. As you can imagine, the performance is unrivaled because the entirety of the server’s resources are going towards powering only your site. Sounds great, right? But who needs all that?
It’s All About TrafficThe shorthand answer is: anyone expecting high volumes of traffic consistently (six figures to millions of visitors) should opt for a dedicated server. High volumes of traffic on a site without the proper infrastructure to handle it can definitely cause slow downs. This can be very damaging to your business. It’s been shown time and again that there is a direct correlation between page speed and conversions. Consider that even a company as big as Walmart has learned this. They found that when load times jumped from 1 second to 4 seconds, conversions dropped sharply. And when load times went up? Each second increased the conversion rate. If you’re running an e-commerce site with a large customer base, you can’t afford to have that traffic bottleneck. A dedicated server would probably benefit you here. E-commerce will probably be the most typical use case for many business owners curious about going dedicated. Some more specialized types of sites that would benefit from a dedicated server include social networks and high trafficked content delivery sites (think Buzzfeed and the like). So, if you’re looking to create a social empire, you may want your own server.
SecurityLet’s start with the caveat that security shouldn’t be the only reason you opt for a dedicated server. That would be an expensive investment. But, as a bonus, having your own server does lend itself to being a bit more secure. This security comes from the relative isolation. On a shared hosting plan, yes, it is possible for a vulnerability in one site to allow malicious actions to occur in other sites sharing the server space.
You Have an Exceptionally “Heavy” SiteIf you have a feature rich site that has specialized functionality (you are constantly pulling in raw financial data and presenting it live, for example) or if your site has some serious server-side programming going on (complicated PHP) you may need a dedicated server to ensure visitors have a smooth experience on your site and don’t see stuttering when trying to load pages.
ConclusionMake no mistake; dedicated servers put a lot of power into your hands. Your site will experience industry leading performance and you can be rest assured that visitors won’t suffer from slow loading times or, worse, downtime. However, depending on the kind of site you have, you may see the same kind of performance with a VPS. If you’re unsure what hosting solution would best meet your needs, contact the team at JaguarPC today. We have years of experience helping business owners just like you get the most out of their websites.
Jan 11, 2017
- Duplicate content is an issue that every site owner should be concerned about. Some things that cause duplicate content can be dealt with easier than others. For instance. If your site can be accessed by: domain.com domain.com/index.html (or whatever the extension) www.domain.com www.domain.com/index.html That is 4 different URLs that point to the same content on one web page. That is duplicate (quadruple) content. The above example is easy to avoid. Pick one way to access your site. Then use a 301 redirect. direct domain.com to www.domain.com or www.domain.com to domain.com. I always redirect to www.domain.com because in my experience most people that link to your site naturally will use the www version. Always link to your home page from internal pages using an absolute link. Never link back using the relative link index.html (or whatever your extension is). Sometimes these issues never cause a problem. Sometimes they do. It is better to do things right from the beginning than wait for trouble to develop, and then try to correct the problem. Eventually the SEs will pick one page and drop the others. In the mean time these duplicate pages can split PR. Some people refer to a duplicate content penalty. I don't think there is normally a penalty for duplicate content. The SEs have filters to try and determine duplicate content, and filter out some pages. You can get a little more information on my blog. In addition there is a good article in regard to duplicate content on the StepForth Blog. To be continued. Nearly all blogs and forums have duplicate content issues. Many e-commerce sites, as well as sites that build pages dynamically have duplicate content problems. Why? because you can access any page (or content) from several different URLs. Unfortunately addressing these issues is a little more difficult than what I have referred to above. Then you have to consider affiliate sites, and scraper sites. But the dumbest of all duplicate content issues is when a webmaster builds two completely different sites with similar content. In this case you might get a penalty.
Jan 25, 2007
- cPanel is the most popular browser-based web hosting control panel in the world, and with good reason. Every day, people use cPanel hosting to control their shared hosting accounts, virtual private servers (VPS hosting services), and dedicated servers remotely. cPanel makes it easy to create mailboxes, upload files, and work with domains from a user-interface that is elegant, understandable, and effortless. But although these flagship features of cPanel are very popular, they are only the beginning of what cPanel hosting services can really do. Because cPanel has so many features, some very useful tools are often overlooked. Webmasters who take the time to investigate these ignored features of cPanel often find that they have excellent functionality waiting to be used. In this article, written by leading cPanel hosting provider JaguarPC, we offer an overview of three commonly ignored features of cPanel: Image Manager, Cron Jobs, and the Error Log. Read on to learn what each of these features can do and – most importantly – why you should be using them. By taking advantage of these features, available with every cPanel hosting plan, you can unlock the full potential of your hosting plan and your website. 1985
Oct 02, 2012