Shared hosting is great for non-mission critical web sites, but for geniune reliability, salability and security needed to run e-commerce and other mission critical web sites you need a dedicated solution.
If your web site is your primary source of income or is critical for your business do you really want to risk sharing a server with several hundred other customers, any of whom can affect performance of the server and cause downtime at any time? We hope not as your website should be worth more to you than that.
Unfortunately not everyone can afford their own dedicated managed server or have the technical skills to manage one, so our semi-dedicated solution is meant to bridge the gap between shared and dedicated hosting. A fully managed server with a maximum of 50 web sites per server, giving you added performance and reliability compared to standard shared hosting.
The issue with shared hosting is the fact that every customer web site on a shared server is essentially at the mercy of all the other customers. A shared server will normally host many hundreds or even thousands of other web sites, any of which could be responsible for crashing the server, general performance issues and causing down-time. This is caused by a number of things, but some of the most common are:-
The other major issue with shared hosting environments is that they are not truely secure. In order to provide all the facilities and features that customers need in a shared hosting environment, a host has no choice but to allow certain non-secure activities. And no matter what precautions have been taken, a clever programmer/hacker with access to the server can always find a way to circumvent these to his advantage.While we do take extra security measures and are more secure than the average host, we still must allow the most common features that most customers require in order for their web site to operate.
There is a simple rule. Any data that is stored in a publicly accessible area or shared environment cannot be considered secure. And the Internet is a publicly accessible global network.
The only way to avoid these types of problems is to have your own dedicated server or VPS that you are not sharing with other customers and web sites and over which you have total control. However, this can be a costly solution for smaller companies who do not have the resources or skills to manage their own server, and thus need to pay for a fully managed service with support.
Bluethunder’s semi-dedicated hosting solution fills the gap between shared hosting and dedicated servers, by providing a fully managed, virtually dedicated server environment without the hassle or expense involved. Fully managed hosting of Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Magento, Mura and more for a fraction of the cost of running your own dedicated server.
A semi-dedicated server is still shared, but with a limited number of customers so as to reduce the risk of problems and provide a more robust, secure and reliable hosting environment. In addition we can also provide isolation from other customers using ‘application pools’ to further reduce the risks and improve performance.
Railo, the popular open source alternative to ColdFusion gives some added benefits in our semi-dedicated environment.
All Railo (CFML) sites are run in their own self contained/isolated instance of Java, this means that if one customer overloads or even kills their Railo instance it will not effect you.
You also get you own Railo admin to manage your sites, as well as your own dedicated FusionReactor instance to which you have full admin access to monitor your site and setup your own alerts and crash protectionb settings.
We highly recommend customers with ColdFusion (CFML) websites try running on Railo.