Does Anyone Use Dedicated Servers For Their Blogs Or Authority Sites?

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I wanted to see if anyone uses dedicated servers to host their blog or authority sites with high volume traffic. If so which services do you use and for how much traffic. I have a wordpress site on a shared plan that is growing in traffic and in the next year expect to get close to 300,000 - 400,000 monthly visits. I've never used a dedicated server before and hear there's a lot of technical management...
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  • Profile picture of the author exoro
    I currently use a VPS from DigitalOcean. I'm not going to lie to you and say it wasn't a pain in the ass. I had to learn to host websites from the Linux command line. There's probably easier options out there with control panels and such. I just like DigitalOcean because it's easy to scale. Within a single button press, I can upgrade the server to whatever specs I need.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrMintyBluez
      Originally Posted by exoro View Post

      I currently use a VPS from DigitalOcean. I'm not going to lie to you and say it wasn't a pain in the ass. I had to learn to host websites from the Linux command line. There's probably easier options out there with control panels and such. I just like DigitalOcean because it's easy to scale. Within a single button press, I can upgrade the server to whatever specs I need.
      I love DO, to make like a little easier, if running Ubuntu you can use Serverpilot.io to add websites for free.
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    • Profile picture of the author chrisChandra
      Originally Posted by exoro View Post

      I currently use a VPS from DigitalOcean. I'm not going to lie to you and say it wasn't a pain in the ass. I had to learn to host websites from the Linux command line. There's probably easier options out there with control panels and such. I just like DigitalOcean because it's easy to scale. Within a single button press, I can upgrade the server to whatever specs I need.

      That's what I'm afraid of...having to learn stuff like Linux which I've never touched before. I'm debating a fully managed service but that's pricier. I'll have to do some research
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      • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
        Originally Posted by chrisChandra View Post

        That's what I'm afraid of...having to learn stuff like Linux which I've never touched before. I'm debating a fully managed service but that's pricier. I'll have to do some research
        I'd advise against it unless you have the experience to configure, maintain, secure & fix problems that come up. We do lots of migrations from DO and the bulk of them come over with hacked WordPress sites all the time. Without naming any products, most of these "installers" built around DO & Vultr aren't properly securing the servers and certainly aren't ensuring the websites themselves are secured.

        To your original question, it really depends & when it comes to both VPS's & dedicated servers, it really depends on the underlying hardware. In terms of cost, you'd likely be better off going with a larger VPS which you'd be able to get more resources for your money. Of course, if the host managing the hypervisor isn't doing a good job, you can still have problems just like you can with a poorly managed/configured dedicated server.

        expect to get close to 300,000 - 400,000 monthly visits
        You'd really want to get an idea on your "resource" usage in terms of RAM, CPU & disk I/O usage and calculate and estimate based on that. 300K monthly visitors isn't unheard of for even shared hosting (of course a good quality host) but it still largely depends on the site itself - size of site, size of requests, database driven, proper optimization etc.

        the term "traffic" doesn't really equate to anything to justify using one option over the other - you need to have an idea on resource usage. You could have a million visitors and use a small amount of bandwidth but have a high RAM usage or the other way around.
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        • Profile picture of the author MarkBlogs
          I am using a dedicated server for my blogs. Of course you only use it when you have high traffic on your blogs.
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          • Profile picture of the author Egyfitness
            You dont need dedicated server for 400K monthly. I have 500K and I use managed VPS on futurehosting.com . They dont have the best support , but very good robust and fast server.
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  • Profile picture of the author eugenedm
    I do use SSD dedicated servers. They are very cheap nowadays..

    I use digitalocean.com

    It's about $5 a month...

    Hope this helps
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    • Profile picture of the author Jon Crimes
      Hi, I don't use a dedicated server personally but can solidly recommend some decent hosting that has got me out of 'hot water' quite a few times.

      D9 Hosting.

      Any problems, and I've caused a few with my 'tinkering', are sorted out within hours, sometimes minutes, excellent support service.

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Dedicated servers might be a requirement for larger blogs with lots of content and traffic, Especially for large PBN's if you manage a single blog and have decent traffic you might opt for VPS first.
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  • Profile picture of the author PassiveIncomes
    Originally Posted by chrisChandra View Post

    I wanted to see if anyone uses dedicated servers to host their blog or authority sites with high volume traffic. If so which services do you use and for how much traffic. I have a wordpress site on a shared plan that is growing in traffic and in the next year expect to get close to 300,000 - 400,000 monthly visits. I've never used a dedicated server before and hear there's a lot of technical management...
    With that amount of traffic, I will change to dedicated servers immediately. The amount of profit you can get is so much that you can expect more than $10k ROI and just paying for $200-300 for dedicated server.
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    • Profile picture of the author chrisChandra
      Originally Posted by PassiveIncomes View Post

      With that amount of traffic, I will change to dedicated servers immediately. The amount of profit you can get is so much that you can expect more than $10k ROI and just paying for $200-300 for dedicated server.
      Yeah, I'm projecting that kind of traffic in about 6months. I'm going to try doing a VPS through hostgator maybe since I'm already with them for shared hosting. If that doesn't work out I'll have to learn about shared hosting.
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      • Profile picture of the author kilgore
        These days I think a dedicated server doesn't really provide a great bang for the buck. If you've got the technical know-how, cloud-based hosting offers much more flexibility at a much better price. We currently run seven instances on Amazon Web Services for about the price of a high quality dedicated box. Perhaps we pay a little more than we might on a dedicated box, but for our money we get (a) flexibility and (b) Amazon.com's top engineers running the network and the physical hosts that our instances run on. (I should also note that though we use AWS, there are plenty of other top-notch cloud providers out there!)

        Thus, if we have a spike in traffic, we just add more servers to the mix -- we've had over 20 running at one time. Then, when we don't need them anymore, we just terminate them. The problem with a dedicated box is no matter what your traffic level is, you have a limited capacity. This might not be a problem if you're traffic profile is pretty even over time, but if you're like us and have huge spikes, it's far from ideal. Another problem is that your physical box is a single point of failure. So if it goes down, you're screwed. On the other hand, if one of my web servers goes down -- or if the physical server on which it resides goes down -- I just terminate it and let a new instance take its place. You can also split the load more evenly wherever you might have bottlenecks. For instance, if you have a CPU-intensive web application, you can add more web servers. On the other hand, if you do a lot of database reads, you can add some database read replicas pretty easily. And they all function independently, which is really, really nice.

        All that said, if you don't have good systems administration skills on your team, you might find it challenging to manage a bunch of instances -- though in that case, I'd question whether you'd be ready to manage a dedicated server too. And regardless there are more and more companies getting into the "managed cloud" space, so perhaps that's not even as much of an issue as it used to be.

        But whatever you do, good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Seokix
    Digital ocean gives you complete control for kick-ass prices, I just switched from Hostgator where the Dedicated plans are STUPID money.

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  • Profile picture of the author Grazina
    Low cost and reliable servers are available from hostsailor.com (20XMAS2016) and ir-hosting.com (WarezXmas), their servers are as solid as a rock and support is active around the clock.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeffatrackaid
    Yes, dedicated servers do require work. Unless they are managed properly, you may be responsible for:

    Server Configuration
    OS Updates
    Server Security
    Server Backup
    Server Monitoring
    Service Monitoring

    and more.

    In general, well managed dedicated servers cost $400+/mo.

    Pretty much any provider offering a low price such as $150/mo for a "managed server" likely has holes in their management offering or is not using business grade equipment (HW RAID, GigE Networks, etc).



    VPS/Cloud offerings will provide a lower cost entry point. I don't work in that market so cannot recommend a provider.

    If you are using WP, then consider a WP hosting platform service. WPEngine, Pressable and others provide a WP hosting platform. They have a cluster of servers, CDN, web firewall and more. Not all sites work well on these setups but it is worth trying out.

    I've referred our own customers to these services when they fit. Sometimes running your own server does not make sense. Every hour you spend taking care of your server is an hour lost marketing/selling.

    The primary advantage of a dedicated systems (or good cloud/vps) is transparency and control. You can often spot performance issues easier and gain a bigger toolbox to fix issues. You also gain better control over backup/disaster recovery.

    I like to think of hosting levels as insurance against financial lost.

    If you depend on the income from your site, I would never use shared hosting. The risks are simply too great. Some moron can get your server blacklisted, attacked or otherwise knocked off the internet.

    So as your revenue grows, consider moving up the hosting ladder to VPS, managed VPS, dedicated, clustered etc. Yes your expenses will increase but done properly your risk of financial loss should decrease.
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  • Profile picture of the author Durell217
    Is the VPS from hostgator really that bad? Don't see anyone recommending it.
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