Unlike dedicated servers, semi-dedicated servers are not privately owned. They behave like shared servers to an extent. With a semi-dedicated server, you have root access and control over a part of the server. You will share a semi-dedicated with a few other websites, but unlike a shared server, the sharing will be with no more than a handful websites (in the line of 5, 10, or 20 websites). You can also opt to take a bigger ‘slice’ of the semi-dedicated server and use the available resources for your needs.
Let’s look at the benefits of semi dedicated servers.
- It offers better performance. With only a few accounts sharing resources on the server, you will experience performance better than that of a shared server.
- It offers you more resources. With semi-dedicated servers, you have more bandwidth and more disk space at your disposal, letting you install and run more applications.
- It is cost-effective. It works out best for those who are looking for features similar to a dedicated server but don’t want to go for a fully dedicated server.
- It is fully-managed. You don’t have to worry about the management of a semi-dedicated server as it is taken care of by the company hosting the server.
A semi-dedicated server acquaints you with your current and future hosting needs, thereby helping you pick the right hosting service later. It is said to be the best stopover for anyone considering moving to the dedicated server hosting in the long run from its existing shared hosting.