I have been doing some hosting for my community website for about 3 years and have kept it fairly simple.
I currently use a reseller account from unitehosting.co.uk so that I can host multiple domains etc......
I am very happy with this so far and of course it makes life extremely easy for me to manage.
I am growing all the time and I can see myself within the next year or so getting to the point where hosting all these sites is going to cost me as much as a dedicated server does.
My question to all of you is quite simply how much more difficult is it to run from a dedicated server than just using reseller accounts.
Now I am not stupid and appreciate that it requires more technical ability on my part and the setup becomes much more hands on as the server in effect becomes your responsibility in every way.
I suppose as well what I would like to know is what are the main benefits/pitfalls of a dedicated server?
Any help would be appreciated, your help will allow me to decide whether or not to start taking much more pro-active interest in dedicated servers now rather than waiting until I actually need one further down the line.
Can you recomend a company that provides good reliable dedicated servers so I can at least have a look at them, I have seen many all over the internet but not sure who is good or bad.
Dedicated servers will probably change by the time I need one but
gaining the knowledge now will help me more later.
Thanks to all who reply.