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Dedicated Server Web Hosting Unveiled

When we speak of hosting servers, there are three basic types - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual web servers) and dedicated web hosting servers. Shared servers accommodate numerous customers and hence the resources per web hosting account are restricted, virtual private server packages give you more server configuration autonomy, but also affect other private virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized imprudently, and dedicated servers give you the independence to perform everything you like without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated web hosting server?

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Dedicated servers are normally much more high-priced than shared web servers or private virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The reply is rather simple. If your company has a heavy resource-demanding web page, or simply has very explicit web server architecture requirements, the smartest option would be a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in security and reliability, the greater price is of no concern. You acquire root access and can utilize 100% of the web hosting server's system resources without anyone else sharing these resources and meddling with your online portals.

Hardware architectures

The majority of shared web hosting vendors, including us at PAYHOSTING.NET, offer several different hardware configurations you can pick from based on your necessities. The configurations include different types of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and server hard drive sizes and different web traffic usage quotas. You can select a web hosting Control Panel, which is a convenient software tool if you would like to use the web hosting server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell console for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three types of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your preference

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server through a Secure Shell terminal exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, particularly if you want to give full root privileges to someone else who has less technical skills than yourself. That is why having web hosting Control Panel software pre-activated is an intelligent idea. The Hepsia Control Panel software that we provide does not offer root access and is mostly suitable for someone who has plenty of websites that demand lots of resources, but wants to administer the websites, databases and e-mail box accounts using an intuitive hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you root access and include 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting packages rather than utilizing the dedicated web hosting 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 web hosting server and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your web hosting server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a network downtime, it is desirable to have some kind of monitoring platform enabled. Here at PAYHOSTING.NET 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 web hosting server too. Backups are also an additional option - the hosting company offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would allow you to save the very same data on two server disk drives as a protective measure in case of a server hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given full server root access deletes something by mistake.