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Dedicated Web Hosting Definition

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are 3 major sorts - shared web hosting servers, VPS (virtual web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers host many customers and thus the system resources per hosting account are limited, virtual private server plans offer more server configuration freedom, but also influence other VPS servers on the hardware node if utilized unwisely, and dedicated servers give you the autonomy to carry out everything you prefer without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared web hosting servers or VPS servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is quite simple. If your corporation has a regularly visited web portal, or simply has very special server architecture requirements, the most intelligent option is a dedicated server. For someone who is ready to invest in security and reliability, the higher price is not an issue. You obtain complete root-level access and can use 100% of the hosting server's resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and interfering with your websites.

Hardware specifications

Most web hosting providers, incl. us at TopDog Hosting, offer several different hardware configurations you can pick from according to your demands. The configurations include different varieties of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM and server hard disk sizes and different web traffic allowances. You can select a web hosting Control Panel, which is a useful user interface if you would like to utilize the web server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell console for all the modifications you will be making. We provide 3 sorts of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a confident Linux OS user (our dedicated hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server through SSH exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, even more so if you wish to give full server root privileges to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. That is why having web hosting Control Panel software pre-activated is a brilliant idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel interface that we offer does not include complete root access and is chiefly appropriate for somebody who runs plenty of web pages that require lots of system resources, but wishes to administer the web portals, databases and mail aliases using an intuitive web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant full root access and have 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting plans instead of utilizing the web server only for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the issue 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 downtime, it is useful to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at TopDog Hosting the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated server as well. Backups are also an additional option - the hosting distributor offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would permit you to store the same data on 2 server disk drives as a precaution in the event of a server hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have given complete server root access erases something by mistake.


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