Yes folks, there are things such as free hosting sites which use Linux dedicated servers to host thousands of shared hosted sites. But if you think that you can get a dedicated server for free you have been misled.

The important thing is that you want to consider is why you hosted your site on a free or cheap server in the first place when you actually needed a more powerful solution.

Many of my sites are hosted on less expensive solutions but these typically are not CPU and bandwidth intensive, thus, I can get away with it. But sometimes these sites expand beyond the limitations of a shared server and I get the dreaded email stating that I my hosting has been terminated due to hogging the CPU.

So the important question is that you need to ask is "should I initially use a cheaper solution or go the direct route with dedicated?"

We all have illusions of grandeur of having the next great blog or application, but in reality, these are quite rare and you can get away with a simple solution for the initial approach and grow into a virtual dedicated server or more powerful Linux dedicated server.

Yet both of these solutions are costly in the beginning, hence, Linux dedicated servers are not free.

My personal approach is to have a spare dedicated server that I run new applications on that can handle CPU and bandwidth loads. Initial testing of the application may also increase server load due to debug logs and systematic bugs that will easily bring down a dedicated Linux server to its knees.

Although initial alpha testing of the application can be done in house on private servers until the majority of the bugs are resolved, eventually the application needs to be installed on a server that will be exposed to real-world loads. For that, anything but a virtual or dedicated Linux server will suffice.

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