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What Exactly are Dedicated Hosting Servers?

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are 3 major varieties - shared website hosting servers, VPS (virtual private hosting servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared hosting servers accommodate lots of customers and hence the resources per user account are limited, virtual private server accounts offer more server configuration autonomy, but also affect other private virtual servers on the hardware node if used unwisely, and dedicated servers give you the possibility to carry out everything you decide without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated hosting server?

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Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared servers or private virtual servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The reply is quite simple. If your firm has a high resource-consuming website, or just has very specific server setup requirements, the most sensible choice would be a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in security and dependability, the bigger price is not an issue. You are bestowed with full server root privileges and can use 100% of the dedicated web server's system resources without anyone else availing of these system resources and messing with your websites.

Hardware architectures

The majority of web hosting suppliers, including us at w3workplace, offer several different hardware architectures you can choose from according to your demands. The hardware configurations offer different kinds of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk drive sizes and different bandwidth quotas. You can pick a web hosting CP, which is useful software if you want to use the dedicated web server for website hosting purposes only and choose not to resort to an SSH terminal for all the modifications you will be making. We provide three types of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server via an SSH tunnel only. That, though, could be awkward, even more so if you decide to grant full server root privileges to somebody else who has less technical abilities than yourself. This is why having web hosting Control Panel software activated is a clever idea. The Hepsia Control Panel user interface that we offer does not give you root access and is mostly appropriate for someone who has many web pages that consume plenty of system resources, but wants to manage the web portals, databases and mail addresses through an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete root access and include three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting plans instead of using the dedicated web hosting server just 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 hosting server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your dedicated web hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a network outage, it is desirable to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at w3workplace 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 hosting server as well. Backups are also a bonus feature - the hosting supplier offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would allow you to save the same data on two server hard disk drives as a protective measure in case of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted access erases something unintentionally.