Do You Need A Dedicated Web Server?

If you currently run or are planning to start up a website that deals in e-commerce, or runs any kind of service, you may want to think about your hosting requirements.

You will probably be expecting a great deal of traffic and you will want to make sure that your customers have a great online experience of your business, so perhaps you should consider using a dedicated server.

What is a dedicated server?
Normally when you buy hosting from a company, you use a shared server, which you share with other webmasters. You will each have a certain amount of bandwidth and disk space, as specified when you sign up for hosting.

The problem with this is that if you are expecting a lot of traffic, your visitors may experience delays and your site may have difficulty loading with extreme traffic. In these cases it is wise to invest in a dedicated server. This means that you do not have to share the server with anyone else. It is just for your website.

This has a number of advantages:

1. Security
Since no one else is sharing your web space, a dedicated server is far more secure. If you are trading in large amounts each day this kind of extreme security can be vital to protect you and your customers.

2. Storage
Of course you will have much more space. You can have far more images, videos and all sorts of other features.

3. Bandwidth
The bandwidth is all yours, so traffic coming to your site will have no problems accessing your site at full speed.

4. Control
Your own server means more control. There are no other webmasters to worry about, so you have many more control options.

5. Software
The possibilities for using various scripts and software are endless with your own dedicated server.

6. Speed
You will find that a large site with many features will load very quickly, as the server is all yours, so no other websites are loading from it.

Are there any disadvantages of using a dedicated server?
I expect you have already guessed what the big con in all this is. The cost. Yup, a dedicated server is a lot more expensive than regular hosting options.

I suppose you just need to think of the large difference it will make to your site. After all one security slip up and your ecommerce site could suffer far bigger losses than the cost of a dedicated server.

Is it time for me to upgrade to a dedicated server?
You will know when it is time for you to think about this option, when you begin to approach the limit of your current hosting option.

If you only have a basic hosting plan it may be possible for you to simply upgrade to deluxe and meet your needs, but if you already have the top package a dedicated server may be what you need. It is also an important consideration if your company deals with secure information, such as credit card details.

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What is Intranet & Extranet?

Intranet

A restricted-access network that works like the Internet, but isn’t on it. Usually owned and managed by a corporation, an intranet enables a company to share its resources with its employees without confidential information being made available to everyone with Internet access. A corporate network that uses an IP network structure, together with Web servers and browsers. Intranets are generally used to provide information such as benefits plans, etc. to corporate employees in an easily accessible fashion.

An intranet is a private network. There are many intranets scattered all over the world. Some are connected to the Internet via gateways. An intranet is a private computer network that uses Internet protocols and network connectivity to securely share part of an organization’s information or operations with its employees. Sometimes the term refers only to the most visible service, the internal website.


Extranet

An extranet is a Web site for selected users, rather than for the general public. An extranet uses the Internet as its transmission system but requires a password to gain entrance. An extranet is a web site geared toward use specifically by a company’s employees or clients. It will often contain company or project-specific information that allows the parties involved to coordinate more efficiently.

A type of Internet Web site that is a closed community protected by a password and/or firewalls. It is typically provided by businesses for suppliers and key customers.

A network which uses Internet technology and which allows organisations to communicate with selected others involved in its business. For example, a factory might use an extranet to communicate with its suppliers and customers.

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