More often than not, the perceived complexity of server management is what deters people from owning servers. I say, if you need a dedicated server, you gotta have one. Don’t let its management bother you. You can always go for managed hosting. Isn’t that expensive? Well, it’s not free and yet I wouldn’t call it expensive. No, it’s not because I have a lot of money. It’s because the benefits of managed hosting are far more than the amount of money you would invest in managing the server.
I know what you must be thinking. That buying the dedicated server involves a considerable amount of money; outsourcing its management will make holes in your pocket. OK, let’s take one step at a time. Even before you buy the server, you need to find out if you are capable enough to monitor, maintain, and manage it. If you are not, you may not just be ready for a dedicated server.
But you can’t live with shared hosting either? Go for Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting. That will give you a better experience than shared hosting and will prove more cost-effective than dedicated hosting. You can make use of VPS until you are ready for the dedicated server.
Internal management is something you should be able to provide when you buy your own server. Now, I say, managed hosting is good. Well, if you have the money, go for it. If you don’t, you can opt for a semi-managed service. Yes, you can choose a few tasks you would like to outsource. This will make your life easy. If you cannot provide a secure location for your server, you can go for colocation hosting.
Managed hosting has many versions. You can choose one according to your needs.