Dedicated web hosting is an attractive option for people and companies who require a rock-solid website foundation. Sure, it's more expensive than shared web hosting, but you get greater reliability and more flexibility in exchange for the additional money that you pay. We've reviewed many dedicated hosting services and included our nine favorites in this guide. The chart above gives you a quick overview of the features you can find with each service. It includes pricing, hardware specs, data caps, and other pertinent information. If you want a more in-depth look at dedicated web hosting services, take a look at the blurbs—and links to full reviews—below.
However, on a dedicated server, all its resources are reserved for your site alone. If your site is growing, dedicated hosting is a perfect way to keep loading times down. This is particularly important if your site is already experiencing delays due to high traffic. Visitors can quickly become impatient and leave your site if pages take too long to load.
Some operating systems or platforms, such as Plesk and Windows, require a licence to be purchased prior to installation. You can buy this licence from OVH, or from a reseller. You will then need to integrate it manually, through the operating system itself, or through your control panel. You can manage your licences via the control panel, under Dedicated, then Licences. In this section, you can also order licences (via the Order button on the right), or add your own SPLA Windows or SPLA SQL server licence (via the Add an SPLA licence button on the right).
Before you start, you’ll need to check out the Dedicated Servers list in the Steam* developer wiki to make sure that the game you’re looking to host is supported. (Don’t worry, almost all of the big non-Valve* games, like Killing Floor 2*, the Arma* series, Rust*, ARK*, and DayZ*, are on that list.) In the wiki above, you’ll also find helpful links to step-by-step setup instructions for some of the most popular titles.
In our experience, Rackspace offers a truly superior server for a bigger website or gaming server if you need. You will get tons of storage options and guaranteed uptime. Their customer support is always available and located in the US, so you can always talk to someone about any issues and get them fixed typically within a couple of hours.
Another perk of your server being managed is that the host has specialized dedicated team of workers for your server. These are employees that only focus on dedicated servers and have more specialized training to handle the workload. That’s not to say that other plans have incompetent workers, it’s just they are not utilized to focus on one type of hosting plan.
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.