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What Do Dedicated Servers Stand for?

When we speak of hosting servers, there are three major sorts - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers host lots of customers and hence the resources per account are restricted, virtual private server accounts offer more configuration autonomy, but also influence other virtual private web hosting servers on the hardware node if used heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the liberty to carry out everything you want without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are traditionally much more expensive than shared servers or virtual private web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your firm has a resource-consuming web portal, or just has very explicit web server architecture requirements, the most logical option would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is willing to invest in security and reliability, the higher price is not a concern. You are given full root-level access and can utilize 100% of the dedicated server's resources without anyone else using these system resources and messing with your sites.

Hardware specifications

Most shared hosting service providers, including us at WardHost.com, provide several hardware architectures you can select from according to your demands. The hardware configurations include different kinds of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and server hard drive sizes and different traffic quotas. You can choose a hosting CP, which is a handy GUI if you want to utilize the hosting server for hosting purposes only and choose not to resort to an SSH console for all the changes you will be making. We provide 3 sorts of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choice

If you are a self-assured Linux user (our dedicated web hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server via an SSH terminal exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, particularly if you decide to give full root access to someone else who has less technical abilities than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software installed is a clever idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel interface that we provide does not offer complete root-level access and is mainly suitable for someone who owns plenty of websites that swallow lots of system resources, but wants to administer the web portals, databases and emails via a user-friendly web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you complete root access and have 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting plans rather than utilizing the dedicated hosting web server solely for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your dedicated hosting server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Here at WardHost.com 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 a bonus option - the hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would allow you to have the very same data on 2 hard disk drives as a protective measure in the event of a server hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted root access deletes something by accident.