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What are Dedicated Servers?

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are three major varieties - shared hosting web servers, VPS (virtual web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers host many clients and so the resources per web hosting account are limited, virtual private server plans give you more server configuration independence, but also influence other virtual web hosting servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the liberty to perform everything you decide without messing with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are traditionally much more high-priced than shared hosting web servers or virtual web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your company has a heavy-traffic web page, or simply has very specific server configuration requirements, the smartest option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is willing to invest in safety and reliability, the bigger price is not a problem. You have full server root access and can utilize 100% of the web hosting server's system resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and interfering with your websites.

Hardware configurations

Most shared hosting distributors, including us at WebhostID, offer several hardware architectures you can choose from in accordance with your demands. The hardware configurations include different varieties of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and server hard disk drive sizes and different web traffic allowances. You can choose a hosting Control Panel, which is a handy tool if you wish to use the web hosting server for website hosting purposes solely and prefer not to use SSH for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 sorts of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your choice

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server via an SSH connection only. That, though, could be inconvenient, particularly if you decide to give full root privileges to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. This is why having hosting Control Panel software installed is an excellent idea. The Hepsia Control Panel user interface that we provide does not give you root access and is mostly suitable for someone who owns multiple online portals that consume lots of resources, but would rather administer the web sites, databases and mailboxes through a user-friendly web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, grant root access and offer 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting plans instead of utilizing the dedicated server solely for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your dedicated hosting web server, like a non-responsive Apache or a network outage, it is good to have some kind of monitoring system enabled. Here at WebhostID the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated server as well. Backups are also an extra option - the hosting company offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would allow you to save the very same data on two hard drives as a precaution in the event of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given access deletes something by mistake.