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What Actually is Dedicated Hosting?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 basic categories - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private hosting servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared hosting web servers host numerous customers and therefore the resources per account are limited, virtual private server accounts offer more server configuration autonomy, but also influence other VPS servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers give you the liberty to do everything you see fit without messing with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated hosting server?

Dedicated servers are traditionally much more high-priced than shared hosting servers or VPS servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is pretty simple. If your corporation has a heavy resource-demanding website, or just has very precise server architecture requirements, the proper choice is a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in safety and stability, the greater price is of no importance. You are given full server root privileges and can utilize 100% of the dedicated web hosting server's system resources without anyone else sharing these resources and meddling with your online portals.

Hardware specifications

The majority of shared hosting suppliers, incl. us at DinoServe.com, offer several different hardware configurations you can choose from according to your needs. The hardware configurations include different kinds of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and disk drive sizes and different traffic allowances. You can select a web hosting Control Panel, which is a handy software tool if you would like to utilize the server for hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to an SSH client for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three types of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-assured Linux user (our hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server via an SSH terminal exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, even more so if you wish to give access to someone else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. That is why having web hosting Control Panel software installed is a smart idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP user interface that we offer does not include complete root-level access and is chiefly suitable for someone who owns many web pages that demand plenty of system resources, but would like to administer the sites, databases and mailbox accounts using an intuitive web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, give you full server root privileges and offer three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting plans instead of using the dedicated hosting server only for yourself, you should choose 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 the event of a problem with your dedicated hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is advisable to have some sort of monitoring platform enabled. Here at DinoServe.com the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated hosting server as well. Backups are also an additional feature - the web hosting vendor offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a type of RAID that would permit you to store the very same data on two hard disks as a protective measure in the event of a server hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given root access erases something by accident.