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How Does Dedicated Hosting Work?

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are three major types - shared hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private web servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared hosting web servers host multiple customers and so the system resources per web hosting account are restricted, virtual private server plans give you more configuration independence, but also affect other VPS hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the independence to do everything you please without messing with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated hosting server?

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Dedicated servers are commonly much more high-priced than shared web hosting servers or VPS hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is quite simple. If your corporation has a high resource-swallowing web site, or simply has very exact server configuration requirements, the right option is a dedicated server. For someone who is inclined to invest in security and reliability, the higher price is of no importance. You obtain root access and can utilize 100 percent of the server's resources without anyone else utilizing these resources and interfering with your sites.

Hardware architectures

The majority of shared hosting distributors, incl. us at Domain Control Network, offer several hardware configurations you can choose from based on your needs. The hardware architectures include different varieties of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk sizes and different bandwidth allowances. You can select a Control Panel, which is a handy software tool if you would like to utilize the dedicated hosting web server for web hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell client for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three types of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your preference

If you are a confident Linux OS user (our dedicated web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server via an SSH client exclusively. That, though, could be inconvenient, especially if you decide to give full root access to someone else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. That is why having hosting CP software installed is an excellent idea. The Hepsia Control Panel tool that we offer does not offer complete server root access and is mainly appropriate for someone who has many websites that require lots of system resources, but would like to manage the websites, databases and mail addresses via a user-friendly hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, give you root-level access and offer 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting accounts rather than utilizing the web server solely for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated hosting server and of backing it up. In the event of a predicament with your web hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is advisable to have some sort of monitoring platform enabled. Here at Domain Control Network 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 supplier offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would allow you to keep the very same data on two hard disk drives as a protective measure in the event of a server disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given access erases something accidentally.