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What In Fact are Dedicated Servers?

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are 3 basic categories - shared website hosting servers, VPS (private virtual web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers host a lot of clients and hence the resources per hosting account are limited, virtual private server packages give you more configuration freedom, but also affect other private virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the independence to perform everything you please without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are typically much more expensive than shared hosting web servers or private virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is quite simple. If your company has a data-heavy web site, or just has very special web server architecture requirements, the most sensible option is a dedicated server. For someone who is inclined to invest in safety and stability, the higher price is not a problem. You get root access and can use 100% of the hosting web server's system resources without anyone else utilizing these resources and meddling with your websites.

Hardware architectures

The majority of shared hosting companies, including us at wild-hosting, offer several hardware configurations you can select from in consonance with your requirements. The hardware architectures include different varieties of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and hard drive sizes and different traffic allowances. You can select a Control Panel, which is a useful tool if you wish to use the web server for website hosting purposes only and choose not to use an SSH console for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three sorts of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your choosing

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server through a Secure Shell client exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, even more so if you decide to grant root-level access to someone else who has less technical experience than yourself. This is why having web hosting Control Panel software pre-installed is a brilliant idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel interface that we offer does not include full server root access and is mostly suitable for somebody who has many sites that absorb lots of resources, but would like to manage the websites, databases and mail aliases via an intuitive hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, grant root-level access and have 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting accounts instead of utilizing 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 server and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your web hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or an outage, it is desirable to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at wild-hosting 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 server as well. Backups are also a bonus option - the hosting vendor offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would allow you to store the very same data on 2 server hard drives as a precaution in case of a server disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete root-level access deletes something accidentally.