Although a dedicated server affords you a great deal more power and freedom than other hosting plans, it can also require a touch more to get running – particularly as far as cost is concerned. When compared to shared or VPS hosting, a dedicated server generally tends to cost significantly more. As such, you want to do everything in your power to ensure you get your money’s worth.
I should explain what I mean by that. See, dedicated hosting can get pretty complicated – it usually requires that the client be possessed of sound technical skills (or an IT department which understands the system they’re implementing). If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up making a number of unfortunate mistakes, all of which might end up costing you dearly.
Here are five of the most common mistakes clients tend to make with their dedicated server installations – and how you can avoid making them yourself.
Not Properly Managing Costs
The biggest pitfall of dedicated hosting – and the area in which the most clients tend to make a mistake – is cost. Although there are no hidden costs or setup fees associated with most dedicated hosting plans, many organizations tend to underestimate the amount of money they’ll need to expend on IT or – in the case of unmanaged hosting – maintenance costs. Before switching over, make sure you’re aware of every single cost your organization might incur.
Mistakes With Permissions And Logins
There are three things you should do when you first purchase your dedicated server:
- Set a secure, difficult-to-guess password
- Disable root logins
- Limit file permissions to a select group of users
For anyone who knows what they’re doing, these are all basic considerations. That said, these are mistakes clients have made in the past; particularly clients who are generally unfamiliar with dedicated hosting.
Ignoring Security Altogether
A decent host will generally take steps to keep your server secure – WiredTree, for example, offers Server Shield server hardening and 24/7 monitoring to all clients. That doesn’t mean security isn’t your responsibility – it falls to you to manage your security installation and monitor your server for signs of forced entry. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you don’t need to concern yourself with security, or you might be in for a rude awakening.
Going Straight To Production
As a general rule, you should take a bit of time to familiarize yourself with your server before you immediately jump online. Make sure you know how to properly use everything, and learn the best practices for monitoring and security. You don’t want to be teaching yourself everything about your system while it’s running – that’s a sure-fire recipe for disaster.
Thinking Server Specs Are All That Matters
Your server’s power is only one side of the coin. The network your server’s running on matters just as much as what it’s packing under the hood – both yours and that of your host. For that reason, when selecting a host, you need to make sure you’re not just looking at specs – you need to look at network and power redundancy and reliability, as well.
About the Author
Rachel Gillevet is the technical writer for WiredTree, a leader in fully managed dedicated and vps hosting. Follow Rachel and WiredTree on Twitter, @wiredtree, Like them on Facebook and check out more of their articles on their web hosting blog, http://www.wiredtree.com/blog.