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How Dedicated Hosting Operates

When we talk about web hosting servers, there are three major sorts - web hosting servers, VPS (virtual web hosting servers) and dedicated hosting. Shared hosting web servers host numerous customers and so the system resources per account are limited, VPS hosting give you more server configuration liberty, but also affect other virtual servers on the hardware node if utilized unwisely, and dedicated hosting servers offer you the opportunity to do everything you like without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated hosting servers?

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Dedicated hosting servers are generally much more high-priced than shared servers or VPS servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The reply is rather simple. If your company has a heavy resource-absorbing web page, or simply has very specific server architecture requirements, the most reasonable option would be a dedicated hosting servers. For somebody who is inclined to invest in security and reliability, the greater price is of no concern. You acquire root access and can utilize 100% of the physical server's system resources without anyone else using these resources and interfering with your websites.

Hardware configurations

The majority of web hosting suppliers, including us at NOT FREE DOMAINS, offer different hardware configurations you can select from in consonance with your necessities. The hardware configurations include different varieties of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM and hard drive sizes and different bandwidth usage quotas. You can choose a Control Panel, which is a convenient software tool if you would like to use the dedicated hosting servers for hosting purposes only and choose not to resort to an SSH terminal for all the changes you will be making. We offer three sorts of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your preference

If you are a confident Linux OS user (our web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated hosting servers through a Secure Shell tunnel only. That, however, could be awkward, even more so if you decide to grant full server root access to somebody else who has less technical experience than yourself. That is why having hosting Control Panel software pre-activated is a smart idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP user interface that we provide does not offer root access and is mostly appropriate for somebody who runs plenty of websites that demand a lot of system resources, but would like to manage the sites, databases and electronic mails through a user-friendly Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full server root privileges and have three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting plans rather than utilizing the dedicated hosting servers only for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated hosting servers and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your hosting server, such as a non-responsive Apache or an outage, it is useful to have some sort of monitoring platform activated. Here at NOT FREE DOMAINS the system administrators monitor all dedicated hosting servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the individual services on the dedicated hosting servers as well. Backups are also an extra feature - the web hosting company offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would permit you to have the same data on two server disk drives as a protective measure in case of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have given root-level access deletes something unintentionally.