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What Exactly is Dedicated Hosting?

When we talk about web hosting servers, there are three principal varieties - shared hosting servers, VPS (Virtual Private Servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared web servers host numerous clients and thus the resources per user account are restricted, virtual private server plans offer more configuration independence, but also affect other private virtual web servers on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers give you the independence to do everything you want without messing with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated hosting server?

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Dedicated servers are commonly much more high-priced than shared web hosting servers or private virtual web servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The reply is rather simple. If your corporation has a data-heavy web site, or simply has very explicit web server setup requirements, the most reasonable choice would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is willing to invest in safety and reliability, the higher price is of no importance. You gain full server root access and can use 100 percent of the dedicated web server's system resources without anyone else availing of these resources and interfering with your web portals.

Hardware configurations

Most web hosting distributors, including us at hostarabya, provide several different hardware configurations you can choose from in accordance with your requirements. The hardware architectures offer different sorts of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic usage quotas. You can select a Control Panel, which is a useful user interface if you wish to use the dedicated web hosting server for website hosting purposes solely and choose not to use a Secure Shell terminal for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 kinds of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your choosing

If you are a self-assured Linux user (our dedicated hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server through an SSH tunnel only. That, however, could be awkward, particularly if you want to give root privileges to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software installed is a bright idea. The Hepsia hosting CP software tool that we provide does not include full root access and is chiefly appropriate for somebody who runs multiple sites that absorb plenty of system resources, but desires to manage the web pages, databases and electronic mail accounts through a user-friendly Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant complete root-level access and include 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting accounts instead of utilizing the dedicated web hosting server just 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 predicament with your dedicated web hosting server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is advisable to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at hostarabya 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 option - the web hosting services provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a type of RAID that would allow you to save the same data on two server hard disks as a precaution in the event of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full server root access deletes something unintentionally.