Servers are an essential to run the online segment of your business. A good server can increase your market considerably. You can buy your own dedicated server, or opt for a server rental. Either ways using a dedicated server is more advisable than sharing one. But it is also more expensive.
Dedicated virtual servers are very popular. These servers are less expensive than dedicated servers, yet they provide the technical advantages. A dedicated server, as the name suggests is dedicated only to you and is a good option if your site has more than 3000 users. A shared server is shared among many clients; it can be slow and limited in terms of the facilities made available to you. If there are many users then the webpages can take forever to open.
Servers can be managed or unmanaged. A managed server is controlled by an external source and they usually provide all the equipment needed to set it up and for it to function. The company who manages your server usually provides technical assistance. A server rental is usually managed, but unmanaged rentals are also available. An unmanaged server is controlled by you and you need to purchase all the equipment.
Before deciding on a server, whether shared or dedicated, managed or unmanaged a reliable company should be chosen. You can find server manufactures and hosting companies online. Reviews by other customers are also helpful while deciding. The offers and deal of different companies should be compared before making your final decision.