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How Dedicated Hosting Servers Work

When we talk about web hosting servers, there are 3 major kinds - shared website hosting servers, VPS (private virtual web servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared hosting web servers accommodate a lot of clients and therefore the system resources per account are restricted, virtual private server accounts give you more configuration liberty, but also influence other VPS web servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers give you the freedom to perform everything you choose without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated hosting server?

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Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared web servers or VPS web servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is very simple. If your corporation has a high-traffic web portal, or just has very explicit web server configuration requirements, the most appropriate choice is a dedicated server. For someone who is ready to invest in safety and stability, the bigger price is not a problem. You obtain complete server root access and can use 100 percent of the web hosting server's resources without anyone else utilizing these resources and interfering with your online portals.

Hardware specs

The majority of web hosting vendors, incl. us at Ignite Hosting, provide several different hardware architectures you can pick from depending on your necessities. The hardware configurations include different types of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and server hard disk sizes and different monthly traffic usage quotas. You can pick a Control Panel, which is useful software if you want to utilize the dedicated web hosting server for website hosting purposes only and choose not to use an SSH console for all the modifications you will be making. We offer 3 types of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your choice

If you are a confident Linux OS user (our dedicated web hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server through an SSH terminal exclusively. That, though, could be inconvenient, especially if you wish to give root privileges to somebody else who has less technical experience than yourself. That is why having web hosting Control Panel software pre-installed is a brilliant idea. The Hepsia hosting CP graphical user interface that we provide does not include root privileges and is mostly appropriate for somebody who owns multiple web pages that require a lot of system resources, but desires to manage the sites, databases and e-mail aliases using a user-friendly hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant root privileges and include three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting plans rather than using the dedicated hosting web 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 hosting server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your server, like a non-responsive Apache or a network outage, it is desirable to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at Ignite Hosting 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 too. Backups are also an additional feature - 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 save the same data on 2 hard drives as a precaution in the event of a server hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have given root access deletes something accidentally.