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What is Dedicated Hosting?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 basic types - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers accommodate a lot of customers and therefore the resources per hosting account are limited, VPS accounts offer more server configuration independence, but also affect other VPS hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the chance to carry out everything you desire without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are typically much more high-priced than shared servers or VPS hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your firm has a heavy resource-devouring site, or just has very specific server architecture requirements, the most suitable option would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is prepared to invest in security and reliability, the higher price is not a problem. You have full server root access and can utilize 100% of the hosting server's resources without anyone else sharing these resources and intervening with your websites.

Hardware configurations

Most hosting companies, including us at Hostinger, provide several different hardware configurations you can pick from on the basis of your necessities. The configurations offer different varieties of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and server hard disk sizes and different bandwidth quotas. You can select a web hosting Control Panel, which is a convenient GUI if you want to use the web hosting server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to use a Secure Shell client for all the modifications you will be making. We provide three types of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your choosing

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our dedicated hosting web servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server via an SSH console only. That, however, could be awkward, even more so if you decide to grant complete root-level access to someone else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. That is why having Control Panel software installed is an excellent idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel graphical user interface that we provide does not include full root privileges and is mainly suitable for somebody who has lots of web portals that demand plenty of system resources, but would rather administer the web pages, databases and emails using an intuitive web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant full server root privileges and include three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting packages rather than using the web server only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In the event of a predicament with your web server, like an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is useful to have some sort of monitoring platform enabled. Here at Hostinger the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the individual services on the dedicated server too. Backups are also an additional option - the web hosting services provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would allow you to have the very same data on two server hard disk drives as a precaution in case of a server hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root privileges erases something by accident.