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How big is the jump from vps to dedicated server?

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Following the general progression of things, a site, as it grows, moves from shared hosting to vps to dedicated server. I have bought a few dedicated servers before, just to find out what it's all about. I found that there is a lot of difference between using a vps and a dedicated server. For the moment, I find that I am more comfortable with using a vps although I can afford a dedicated server.

 

So what do you think? Is the jump from vps to dedicated server too big for most users? Should most users just upgrade from shared hosting to vps and stay put at the vps?

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You will notice the difference mainly at the time when you are setting it up. A vps has most of the things already set up and you just need to add your content. A dedicated server needs a lot more work to get it working. Unless you are paying for a managed service. In which case, you wouldn't notice any difference since someone else is doing all the work for you.

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That's true. I had a VPS for awhile but got rid of it because it was costing too much for what I was using it for. I used it to run a private game server for awhile but the amount of players we had wasn't enough to keep the bills paid so we dropped the server and closed down the game indefinitely. I might bring it back some day if there's a demand for it but I found other private servers out there for the same game so I don't see much of a point. However, my VPS worked like every other with WHM and all that. Only thing was, it was 'managed' but there was no mysql installed on it so I had to use a DB from my shared hosting, which was a pain...

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It all depends how you use it. You may buy a managed dedicated server and the hosting provider will install all the software you may need. Dedicated servers are of course for more advanced users and VPSes are more simpler and quite easy to maintain (specially if you own a Windows VPS). I personally find more practical the VPS but after a while it will come a time when you may need to implement something more advanced that will run better on dedicated servers.

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The idea of a dedicated server is that you have the entire physical server to yourself. Which means that there is no question of anyone else sharing your resources. Or abusing your resources. It used to be that gaming servers could only be hosted on dedicated servers. Now I see that there are companies offering vps which can be used to run game servers.

 

Perhaps one of the biggest difference between a vps and a dedicated server is the level of bragging rights you get. That's assuming that you are prepared to pay more for the privilege.

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