You hop onto your favourite web hosting website, and you see multiple options to host your new website: shared hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated servers. Which one do you choose? Each option offers different levels of affordability, performance, and scalability.

Recently, we investigated the major differences between shared hosting and VPS hosting. In the past, we’ve also looked at shared hosting and VPS Hosting separately in more detail. Both shared hosting and VPS hosting are wallet-friendly and eco-friendly, because you are sharing resources with other users. Where do dedicated servers fit in, as the more powerful (and more expensive) sibling in the hosting business?


What is a dedicated server?

A dedicated server is a hosting configuration (imagine a desktop computer minus the monitor), usually kept secure and functional within a data centre. The server is dedicated, meaning one person alone uses and customizes it for their hosting needs

Dedicated hosting refers to a user renting a server from a web hosting provider and paying a monthly fee to manage it remotely. Dedicated servers are completely isolated from one another and customers get full access to configure their server any way they want. 


What are the benefits of having a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers provide the highest level of privacy, control, performance, and resource allocation. Dedicated servers are not shared with any other customers, so the environment is stable, making dedicated servers the perfect fit for customers with high traffic websites.

Additionally, Canadian Web Hosting’s dedicated servers plans are backed by 100% network uptime and outstanding customer support that has you covered every step of the way.


How is a dedicated server managed?

Every dedicated server hosting plan comes with Web Host Manager (WHM), a web-based control panel that gives you complete control over your server. 

In addition, Canadian Web Hosting servers support your choice of Linux or Windows distribution with optional control panels to ease the burden of managing your dedicated server.


Who are dedicated servers ideal for?

Dedicated servers are an ideal solution for customers looking to build an enterprise-class server with a limited budget. Dedicated servers are ideal for customers who want:

  • No resource restrictions
  • Full root access to the server for customization
  • The ability to use resource-intensive web applications
  • The ability to host high-traffic websites


What is the difference between VPS hosting and dedicated hosting?

Dedicated hosting involves renting a dedicated server that is all yours. On the other hand, VPS hosting requires sharing a server—although virtualization software gets you your own piece of the dedicated server that you’re sharing.

The key thing to remember is that with dedicated hosting you have an entire server to yourself, so you get full customization and allocation of resources. You’re able to choose the equipment, including the type and size of RAM, hard drive, and processor, used in your server and 100% of those resources will go towards your website.


Can I upgrade my shared hosting or VPS hosting plan to a dedicated server?

Yes! We’ll be happy to help with your infrastructure upgrade. Contact us at or 1-888-821-7888.


Where are your dedicated servers located?

Our dedicated servers are located within our Canadian data centres. Our data centres are located in Vancouver, BC and Toronto, Ontario. Our network engineers are on site 24/7/365 to ensure our servers are running at peak performance. Our network engineers are available at any time by phone or email in the event of an emergency.

Got any more burning questions about dedicated servers? Ask us in the comments below or contact us directly.

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