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What is Dedicated Web Hosting?

When we talk about web hosting servers, there are 3 main kinds - shared hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers accommodate many customers and so the resources per web hosting account are limited, virtual private server plans give you more server configuration freedom, but also affect other private virtual web hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized unwisely, and dedicated servers give you the autonomy to perform everything you think fit without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared hosting servers or private virtual web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is pretty simple. If your firm has a data-heavy website, or simply has very special web server setup requirements, the most intelligent option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in security and stability, the bigger price is not a concern. You have complete root access and can use 100% of the dedicated hosting web server's system resources without anyone else sharing these system resources and meddling with your web portals.

Hardware specifications

The majority of web hosting service providers, incl. us at The hostr, provide different hardware architectures you can select from as per your necessities. The configurations include different sorts of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk drive sizes and different bandwidth quotas. You can choose a hosting Control Panel, which is a handy GUI if you wish to use the dedicated web hosting server for website hosting purposes only and choose not to resort to SSH for all the changes you will be making. We provide 3 sorts of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your choosing

If you are a self-assured Linux user (our web hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server through an SSH tunnel exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, especially if you want to give access to somebody else who has less technical expertise than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software activated is a smart idea. The Hepsia hosting CP interface that we provide does not offer complete server root access and is mainly appropriate for someone who has lots of web pages that absorb a lot of resources, but desires to manage the web sites, databases and emails via an intuitive web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you full root privileges and offer three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting packages rather than using the dedicated hosting web server only for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your dedicated web hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is useful to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Here at The hostr the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the individual services on the dedicated server as well. Backups are also an extra option - the hosting services provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would allow you to store the same data on 2 hard drives as a precaution in case of a server hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root access deletes something accidentally.