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Dedicated Web Hosting Explained

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are 3 main varieties - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (virtual web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web hosting servers host many customers and thus the system resources per account are restricted, virtual private server accounts give you more configuration autonomy, but also influence other virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if used heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the freedom to do everything you see fit without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are generally much more high-priced than shared web hosting servers or virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is pretty simple. If your firm has a heavy resource-swallowing web page, or simply has very exact web server setup requirements, the most logical choice is a dedicated server. For someone who is inclined to invest in security and stability, the higher price is not an issue. You get root-level access and can use 100% of the physical server's system resources without anyone else using these resources and meddling with your web sites.

Hardware specifications

The majority of web hosting distributors, including us at Pace Work Technologies, offer several hardware architectures you can pick from in consonance with your needs. The hardware architectures offer different sorts of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk sizes and different monthly bandwidth allowances. You can select a hosting CP, which is a convenient software tool if you want to utilize the dedicated web server for web hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell console for all the changes you will be making. We provide three sorts of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your preference

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our dedicated hosting web servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server through an SSH tunnel exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, especially if you wish to give full server root privileges to somebody else who has less technical proficiency than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software activated is a clever idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP GUI that we offer does not include full server root access and is mostly suitable for someone who owns plenty of sites that swallow lots of system resources, but wishes to administer the sites, databases and mail aliases using a user-friendly Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, grant full server root privileges and offer three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting packages instead of utilizing the dedicated web hosting server solely for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your dedicated hosting web server, like a non-responsive Apache or a network outage, it is useful to have some sort of monitoring platform activated. Here at Pace Work Technologies 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 server too. Backups are also an extra option - the web hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would permit you to have the same data on 2 server hard disks as a protective measure in case of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root-level access deletes something unintentionally.