Dedicated servers sound pretty great, right? They are. That said, you should be aware of their relatively high prices. Setting up shop on a dedicated server will likely cost you more than $100 per month; shared servers, on the other hand, are far less expensive. The cheapest web hosting services will lease you space on the web for well under $10 per month. In addition, you'll need to handle firewalls and maintenance yourself unless you opt for a managed server, which costs even more.
When signing up for Dedicated Server Hosting, make sure the company offers a money-back guarantee. This protects you from signing a year contract and finding out within two weeks that your website is inaccessible twenty-percent of the time. When the hosting company has a money-back guarantee, you can analyze their service first hand and receive a full refund if the service is not what you expected. InMotion Hosting understands this and that is why we offer a thirty-day money back guarantee on all dedicated server plans.
A cursory glance at the many web hosting services we've listed here reveals many similar-looking offerings, but the discerning eye will identify some subtle differences. You'll want a dedicated server with significant amounts of disk space—preferably 1TB or more—for storing files. You can typically choose either a traditional hard drive or a solid-state drive as your website's storage medium. There's a trade-off, however. Solid-state drives are often faster and more reliable than HDDs, but they cost more money and have smaller storage capacities. Traditional hard drives, on the other hand, have large capacities and lower prices but aren't quite as resilient as their SSD counterparts. Unless you truly need blazingly fast storage, a traditional hard drive will get the job done.
It is advisable to have a service provider who is capable of providing not only a clean panel but also a functional interface. Generally, Plesk (Windows & Linux) or cPanel (Linux/Unix only) and considered as the most ideal. cPanel is known as the end user name, but to manage your server accounts and the server itself you’d use WebHost Manager (WHM). The aforementioned control panels have been recommended partly due to the fact that they facilitate smooth migration of websites in the event the need emerges. Most of all, undertake a fact-finding study to establish whether the host can install extra software such as 1-click software installer (Softaculous), billing software (WHMS) and others if needed.
The technical specifications of Bluehost’s Standard plan are quite good considering the low price point (as well as excellent uptime and speed). You get 500GB of disk space, and a bandwidth cap that is so large (5TB) you are unlikely to ever notice it. 4GB of RAM is a little on the low side but for a small to medium size website, it should be good.