Other Uses for Your Web Hosting Server - Alternative External Uses
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If you really cannot come up with a use for your server other than website hosting, maybe you should consider renting your server out to somebody that does have a use for it. Similar to website hosting, there are companies that specialize in just renting out server space. Again, unless you plan to focus on this area professionally, you will not be able to compare with their services. Instead, you should be able to offer a significant discount to entice a select few customers.
People’s uses for servers are as varied as the people themselves. There is no end to the supply of people that would like to use your server for their own purposes. You can offer your server space to do the same things that were suggested previously in this article. Even if you do not need your server for those services, there are definitely going to be people that do. It does not take much effort for you to create an FTP account for someone to store files on your server or create a database login so that they can use that functionality.
Besides the previously mentioned services, there is also a big market for video game servers. Gamers and groups rent out servers, install the game that they want on it, and then use the server to have other people play together.
While this is a good way to rent out your entire server at once, there are a few major considerations. The first is that not just any server is powerful enough to run video games. Video games have special needs in that they require strong processors, video cards, memory, and bandwidth. On the other hand, they require relatively little hard drive space.
Another consideration is that a video game may over-tax your server, decreasing its ability to deliver your website with speed and reliability. You may consider only allowing games that are a little less resource intensive to assure that your web server is not affected.
No matter what you decide to do with your server, you can be confident that it is a useful tool that increases your company’s capabilities. While it would be nice to entirely recoup the cost of the server so that you lose that down side while retaining all of the benefits, most of the time it is not necessary. The benefit you gain just from having your own server can easily be worth the cost.
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