What is an Unmetered Dedicated Server

by Dustinius

Many people choose to use a dedicated server to host their website. For growing websites that anticipate high amounts of traffic an unmetered server might be the best choice.

Choosing the right hosting service is vital to the success of your website. If you choose the wrong kind of service, for example a shared hosting plan, and you have exponential growth on your website, you could end up paying extra fees at best, or have your server go down at worst. It's for this reason that many people choose to use a dedicated server to host their website. This means that the server isn't shared by any other websites, and that it can handle large amounts of traffic.

Two Types of Plans

When you look for dedicated server hosting, you'll often see two different descriptions, one for a metered server and one for an unmetered dedicated server. A metered server means that you're bandwidth is limited to a certain amount of bps per month. Once you reach that level, then you're charged a certain amount of money a month for the difference (this is agreed upon prior to you signing up for a service).

From Wikipedia
A dedicated hosting service, dedicated server, or managed hosting service is a type of Internet hosting in which the client leases an entire server not shared with anyone. This is more flexible than shared hosting, as organizations have full control over the server, including choice of operating system...

Unmetered Plans

An unmetered dedicated server means that you cannot go over your bandwidth, what you pay is what you pay. This, however, doesn't meant that you don't have a sharing ratio, however, only that you cannot exceed your bandwidth amount, it's unlimited. A shared ratio is in regards to how the hosting service shares your network connection. This is actually separate from your server, and is in regards to the kb per seconds that are able to be transferred. When you choose a dedicated server, your hosting plan should include a guaranteed amount of kb per second, which should be relatively high for a dedicated server.

Unmetered servers are going to be more expensive than metered plans because there is no restriction on your monthly bandwidth usage. As more advancements are made in this field, the cost becomes less, but it is still quite a bit more than a metered plan. What's more, because you're talking about a dedicated server, you're paying a premium for that as well.

Choosing the Right Plan

Unmetered hosting is not right for everyone. In principal it seems like an excellent thing, after all, who doesn't want unlimited bandwidth? The thing is, for most websites, unlimited service isn't necessary. What's more, if you purchase a metered plan and find that it's not enough, then you can always upgrade immediately to an unmetered plan from your web server hosting.

If you don't have an established following, or a brand that is nationally known, then you'll want to start with a less expensive plan. You might even want to start with shared hosting and graduate to dedicated server hosting and eventually to a dedicated unmetered web server. The good news is that most hosting services are flexible enough to allow you that transition as you need it.

Updated: 07/24/2012, Dustinius
 
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Dustinius on 07/09/2012

Shared hosting is often good enough when first launching a new website. When web traffic is low there isn't really a need for a dedicated server. However, once you start to see website traffic climb, switching over to a dedicated server starts to look like a good idea. Thanks for your comments.

Tolovaj on 07/09/2012

I was thinking about unmetered dedicated server when I opened my first page. Than I opted for more basic plan and found out I really don't need unlimited traffic, because I really didn't have any traffic for first months...
Now situation is improving and dedicating server is coming back in plans. Not quite yet, but it is coming...
Thanks for all the info:)

katiem2 on 05/09/2012

It's good to know the facts on an unmetered dedicated server. One fine day I hope to put this information to good use. Thanks for the knowledge and welcome to Wizzley,

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