Prior to Hosting Your Website on a Dedicated Server

Prior to Hosting Your Website on a Dedicated Server

How many websites can I host on the server? This is one of the common questions asked by the cutomers of dedicated server hosting. There are multiple answers to this question. There's no doubt, a dedicated server can manage several websites at one time but the actual number might vary depending upon the customers' requirements.Below are some factors that affect the website number to be hosted on a dedicated server - 


The Design -
Yes, a large part of the hosting depends on the web designing platform and software. Your website can be designed as a static HTML website or a dynamic website. Static HTML sites are simple web pages with limited information and so are smaller in size.Dynamic websites are complex in design and contain ever changing content. Created using Content Management System (CMS) and use MySQL databases, PHP, and a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get).
Does all this have an effect on your server? If you are planning to host static HTML websites, you will require a server with larger hard drives and faster spindle speeds. You can host around 250-500 websites on this type of server.
If a majority of the websites are CMS based, you will want to increase the CPU and RAM on the server to process the MySQL database requests quickly. A moderate dedicated server configuration should be able to run 150 to 250 websites.


It refers to the volume of data that is transferred from your website over the internet through the web server. Bandwidth consumption is determined by the number of visitors to your website and the kind of content you wish to host on the website. Heavier files like streaming media and photos etc… require more bandwidth, if your websites are likely to be hosting high traffic websites, you should make sure that you have the proper disk space allocated. CPU and RAM also need to be more to cope with the high traffic and the occasional traffic spikes.


Additional elements
Your dedicated linux server hosting US is customized with applications and software’s to match your specific needs. Server add-ons, control panels and any third party applications you wish to install will also consume the server resources. For example, cPanel a minimum of 1 GB RAM to be available when hosting a larger number of accounts. You must know how many resources each application will consume from the server resources so that they run well. The more websites you host and the more applications you have running, the more resources you will need to support them.


Email Services
When you offer email services to customers, you need to take into account the growing volume of emails passing through the websites each day. On a basic web hosting package we recommend offering 25 GB of disk space and 100 email accounts, this should allow you to host approximately 250 sites on a dedicated server with moderate resources. Again, the number of sites you can host on a server will depend on the types of applications you are running on that server.


Business expansion
If your business is expanding rapidly with growing client base you would need to frequently upgrade drives, CPU, RAM, etc on your server. An overloaded server with inadequate resources to meet with the demands will result in slower websites and some websites not working at all. Thus, you need to anticipate the growing needs and make changes accordingly to make sure all sites hosted keep working perfectly.


Talk with your provider and find out what their procedures, timelines and policies are for performing server upgrades before it becomes an issue that is problematic for you.


Now that you know the factors affecting the number of websites that can be hosted on a dedicated server, you can ask your web hosting provider specific questions.