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How Dedicated Hosting Functions

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 basic varieties - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers host a lot of clients and thus the resources per account are restricted, VPS accounts offer more configuration autonomy, but also influence other private virtual web hosting servers on the hardware node if used unwisely, and dedicated servers give you the opportunity to do everything you prefer without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are commonly much more high-priced than shared hosting servers or private virtual web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The reply is quite simple. If your company has a resource-demanding online portal, or simply has very specific web server setup requirements, the most suitable choice is a dedicated server. For somebody who is ready to invest in safety and reliability, the bigger price is of no concern. You get complete root access and can utilize 100% of the dedicated web hosting server's system resources without anyone else using these resources and meddling with your web pages.

Hardware specs

The majority of hosting distributors, incl. us at Nik Soft Designs, offer several hardware configurations you can pick from on the basis of your necessities. The hardware architectures offer different sorts of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk drive sizes and different traffic quotas. You can select a hosting CP, which is a useful graphical user interface if you want to utilize the hosting server for web hosting purposes solely and choose not to use an SSH client for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 sorts of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your preference

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server via a Secure Shell console exclusively. That, though, could be awkward, particularly if you decide to grant root privileges to someone else who has less technical expertise than yourself. This is why having hosting CP software installed is a bright idea. The Hepsia hosting CP GUI that we provide does not give you full root privileges and is mainly appropriate for someone who has lots of sites that require plenty of resources, but wants to administer the websites, databases and e-mail accounts via an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete root-level access and have 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting packages rather than using 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 server and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your web hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is good to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at Nik Soft Designs 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 an additional feature - the hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would permit you to have the same data on two disk drives as a protective measure in case of a server hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted root privileges deletes something accidentally.