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Definition of Dedicated Servers

When we talk about web hosting servers, there are 3 basic varieties - shared hosting servers, VPS (private virtual web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web hosting servers host numerous clients and thus the system resources per web hosting account are restricted, VPS packages give you more server configuration freedom, but also affect other virtual web servers on the hardware node if used imprudently, and dedicated servers give you the liberty to perform everything you think fit without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are normally much more high-priced than shared web servers or virtual web servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is rather simple. If your firm has a repeatedly visited online portal, or simply has very explicit web server architecture requirements, the best option is a dedicated server. For someone who is prepared to invest in security and reliability, the higher price is not a concern. You receive complete server root access and can use 100% of the dedicated web server's system resources without anyone else sharing these system resources and interfering with your sites.

Hardware specs

The majority of hosting suppliers, including us at CultHost.com, provide several different hardware architectures you can pick from in consonance with your requirements. The hardware configurations offer different sorts of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM and server hard disk sizes and different monthly traffic allowances. You can select a hosting Control Panel, which is a useful tool if you want to use the hosting server for website hosting purposes only and choose not to use SSH for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 types of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your preference

If you are a self-reliant Linux user (our hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server through a Secure Shell tunnel only. That, however, could be inconvenient, particularly if you wish to grant access to someone else who has less technical proficiency than yourself. This is why having hosting Control Panel software activated is a brilliant idea. The Hepsia Control Panel GUI that we provide does not include full server root privileges and is mainly appropriate for somebody who runs many web pages that consume a lot of resources, but desires to administer the web pages, databases and mail accounts using a user-friendly hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, grant full server root privileges and have three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting accounts instead of using the hosting server only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Web 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 dedicated hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or an outage, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring platform activated. Here at CultHost.com 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 as well. Backups are also an extra option - the web hosting solutions provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would permit you to keep the very same data on 2 hard disks as a precaution in the event of a hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full server root access erases something by mistake.