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What Precisely is Dedicated Hosting?

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are 3 main varieties - shared website hosting servers, VPS (private virtual web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web hosting servers host multiple customers and thus the resources per hosting account are restricted, VPS packages offer more server configuration autonomy, but also affect other virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if used imprudently, and dedicated servers give you the independence to do everything you decide without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are traditionally much more high-priced than shared hosting servers or virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is rather simple. If your company has a resource-absorbing web page, or simply has very exact web server architecture requirements, the most intelligent option would be a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in security and reliability, the higher price is not a concern. You obtain full server root access and can use 100 percent of the dedicated hosting server's resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and interfering with your web sites.

Hardware architectures

The majority of hosting corporations, incl. us at The Gospel Cloud, offer different hardware configurations you can select from in consonance with your necessities. The hardware architectures include different sorts of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and disk drive sizes and different bandwidth usage quotas. You can select a web hosting CP, which is a useful GUI if you would like to utilize the dedicated web hosting server for hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell client for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 sorts of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your preference

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our dedicated hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server through an SSH tunnel exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, even more so if you wish to give full server root privileges to someone else who has less technical experience than yourself. This is why having web hosting CP software pre-installed is an excellent idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel user interface that we offer does not give you complete root-level access and is mainly suitable for someone who runs multiple web sites that consume a lot of system resources, but would like to manage the online portals, databases and email addresses via a user-friendly web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, grant complete root access and offer 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting accounts instead of using the hosting server only for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your dedicated web hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring platform enabled. Here at The Gospel Cloud 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 too. Backups are also a bonus feature - the web hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would permit you to store the same data on 2 server hard drives as a precaution in the event of a server hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root access deletes something by mistake.