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Unlike a shared server, which powers multiple sites, a dedicated server hosts just one site. Website stability and reliability are the twin benefits of investing in a dedicated server—your site leverages a server's full CPU, RAM, and storage resources, as it doesn't share them with other sites. You shouldn't underestimate the importance of these benefits in terms of site speed and reliability.
Does the hosting provider have both Linux and Windows options? Does it allow you to allocate space as you wish? Basically, is the hosting provider truly providing a dedicated server? In some cases, hosting providers sell “private servers” that still share space with other cohabitants. You want a dedicated server that is completely your own to customize and control.
For more than a decade, Jeffrey L. Wilson has penned gadget- and video game-related nerd-copy for a variety of publications, including 1UP, 2D-X, The Cask, Laptop, LifeStyler, Parenting, Sync, Wise Bread, and WWE. He now brings his knowledge and skillset to PCMag as Lead Analyst.
The ideal web host is the one who demonstrates excellent network quality. Try to find out the host’s ‘Tier’ rating, as it happens to be the best indicator of how good or even bad is the network infrastructure of the host. Those under ‘Tier 1’ are considered to have non-redundant power together with comments and an expected uptime of 99.671%. The hosts that are classified as ‘Tier 1’ have a redundant site infrastructure and their expected uptime is 99.741, whereas the ones under ‘Tier 3’ have dual powered equipment, concurrently maintainable site infrastructure and an expected uptime of 99.982%. Lastly, those within ‘Tier 4’ have dual powered HVAC (cooling equipment), fault-tolerant site infrastructure and an expected uptime of 99.995%. One should always opt for the minimum Tier 4 provider. Any other option will have an extra associated risk in the event one or multiple core components fail.
In our testing, from January to February 2019, Bluehost came in with a reliable uptime of 99.98% and a speed of 369ms. Throughout the years that we’ve monitored Bluehost, we’ve rarely had any significant downtime. Even though they had a 19-minute outage in January 2019, their overall uptime throughout 2018 was an incredible 99.99% with an average speed of 415ms.