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What are Dedicated Web Hosting Servers?

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are three basic sorts - shared hosting servers, VPS (virtual private hosting servers) and dedicated web hosting servers. Shared web servers accommodate multiple clients and hence the resources per hosting account are restricted, virtual private server plans offer more configuration autonomy, but also influence other virtual private web servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers give you the independence to perform everything you please without messing with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated web hosting server?

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Dedicated servers are commonly much more expensive than shared web hosting servers or virtual private web servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your company has a resource-absorbing website, or simply has very specific server architecture requirements, the smartest choice is a dedicated server. For somebody who is willing to invest in security and stability, the higher price is not a problem. You are given full root-level access and can use 100 percent of the hosting server's system resources without anyone else utilizing these resources and interfering with your sites.

Hardware specifications

The majority of shared web hosting companies, incl. us at HotDogJoe, offer several different hardware architectures you can select from based on your necessities. The configurations offer different varieties of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and hard drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth allowances. You can choose a Control Panel, which is a handy graphical user interface if you would like to utilize the hosting server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to an SSH client for all the changes you will be making. We offer three kinds of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your choice

If you are a self-confident Linux OS user (our dedicated web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server via a Secure Shell connection only. That, though, could be awkward, particularly if you wish to grant full root privileges to somebody else who has less technical experience than yourself. This is why having web hosting Control Panel software pre-activated is a fine idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel graphical user interface that we offer does not give you full server root privileges and is mostly appropriate for someone who maintains a lot of web pages that require lots of system resources, but prefers to manage the web portals, databases and electronic mail addresses through an easy-to-use Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, grant full root access and offer three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting packages rather than using the server only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated web hosting server and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your dedicated server, like a non-responsive Apache or an outage, it is good to have some sort of monitoring platform enabled. Here at HotDogJoe 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 a bonus option - the web hosting supplier offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would permit you to store the same data on 2 hard disks as a protective measure in the event of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given complete root-level access erases something by mistake.