If you’ve done any amount of research into buying a new dedicated server for your website (or websites, as the case may be), you don’t need us to tell you how expensive it can be to get your hands on a really good one.
Sure, there are plenty of discounts and bargains to be found out there, but even still, the cost of even an entry-level dedicated server is typically far more than that of even your top-tier shared hosting or Virtual Private Server Plans.
Still, you’re willing to make the investment, knowing all too well that it will pay off in the long-run. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could cut the costs of making that big purchase? The good news is that you can.
Below, we provide our guide to the top four ways to save money when investing in a dedicated server.
Go through a third party
There are scores of websites out there offering third party reviews about dedicated servers, and though it isn’t the case with every dedicated server site out there, a vast majority of them can offer you a lower price than you’ll find if you went directly to the company.
The reason for this is down to affiliate marketing. Most of these sites receive a small commission whenever someone they refer to a hosting company eventually signs up. To make it worth their while doing so, and to help them tempt new customers into following those affiliate links, many web hosting companies give their affiliates special prices which you can use to get a great discount on your dedicated server.
Search online for coupons and discount codes
Speaking of discounts, if the third-party site you go through for some reason doesn’t come with its own coupon code, you’d be as well to spend some time searching for one online. Many of the major hosting companies have special discount codes and coupons which, for the most part, they don’t really advertise.
Yet though you won’t find them on their own sites, they do exist. Take a look around online, and you’ll more than likely find a working code than can shave a significant chunk off your final bill.
Monetize your website
So, you’re website’s going to cost you a fair bit of money to set up and launch, but that’s not to say it all has to come out of your own pocket. OK, so it may do for your first term, but after that, if you monetize your website by selling your products through an eCommerce solution, incorporating affiliate links of your own, or even just straight-forward advertising, you could end up generating enough cash to reinvest in a second term, essentially empowering your website to pay for itself.
Consider a Virtual Private Server
OK, so we’re cheating a bit with this one, but it’s worth mentioning that the easiest way to save money on a dedicated server is simply not to buy one at all. OF course, if you’ve done all your research and weighed up the pros and cons, you might well come to the conclusion that -no matter what- a dedicated server is the only way to go.
If that’s the case, go for it. On the other hand, you could always spend some time looking at the different options for Virtual Private Servers. The top end models provide many of the same advantages of a dedicated server (such as high performance, power and unfettered bandwidth allowances) all at a much lower price than your own physical server.