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What Exactly are Dedicated Hosting Servers?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 major kinds - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual web servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared web hosting servers accommodate plenty of customers and thus the system resources per user account are limited, virtual private server accounts give you more server configuration independence, but also influence other virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if used heedlessly, and dedicated servers give you the independence to do everything you see fit without messing with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated hosting server?

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Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared hosting servers or virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The reply is quite simple. If your company has a high resource-demanding website, or simply has very exact web server architecture requirements, the most logical choice would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in security and stability, the higher price is of no concern. You are granted complete root-level access and can utilize 100 percent of the dedicated hosting web server's resources without anyone else using these resources and meddling with your web portals.

Hardware specifications

The majority of web hosting corporations, incl. us at theclearhost, offer several different hardware architectures you can choose from according to your requirements. The configurations offer different types of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and hard disk sizes and different web traffic quotas. You can pick a web hosting Control Panel, which is a handy user interface if you wish to use the dedicated web hosting server for hosting purposes solely and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell console for all the modifications you will be making. We offer 3 kinds of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our dedicated hosting web servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server through an SSH connection exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, especially if you choose to give root privileges to someone else who has less technical expertise than yourself. This is why having web hosting CP software pre-installed is a fine idea. The Hepsia Control Panel software that we offer does not include root privileges and is mainly appropriate for someone who runs numerous websites that swallow lots of resources, but prefers to manage the web sites, databases and email mailbox accounts through an easy-to-use hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full server root access and offer three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting packages rather than using the dedicated hosting server just for yourself, you should select one of these two.

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 predicament with your dedicated server, like a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is good to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at theclearhost the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the individual services on the dedicated hosting server as well. Backups are also an additional option - the company offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would allow you to have the same data on 2 hard disks as a precaution in case of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted access erases something unintentionally.