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Dedicated Hosting Clarified

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are three main types - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers accommodate numerous clients and hence the resources per web hosting account are limited, virtual private server accounts give you more server configuration independence, but also affect other virtual private web servers on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the possibility to do everything you think fit without messing with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are traditionally much more high-priced than shared web hosting servers or virtual private web servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is quite simple. If your firm has a big web site, or just has very exact web server setup requirements, the most reasonable choice would be a dedicated server. For someone who is ready to invest in safety and dependability, the higher price is not an issue. You are bestowed with full root access and can utilize 100 percent of the dedicated hosting web server's system resources without anyone else utilizing these resources and messing with your online portals.

Hardware specifications

Most shared hosting providers, including us at Afro Web Host, offer several different hardware architectures you can select from based on your needs. The hardware architectures offer different sorts of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic quotas. You can choose a web hosting Control Panel, which is useful software if you wish to utilize the dedicated hosting server for website hosting purposes solely and choose not to resort to SSH for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three sorts of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choice

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our dedicated web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server through a Secure Shell client only. That, though, could be awkward, particularly if you wish to grant complete root access to someone else who has less technical expertise than yourself. That is why having web hosting CP software activated is a splendid idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP GUI that we offer does not give you root-level access and is mainly appropriate for someone who owns numerous web pages that swallow a lot of system resources, but wants to administer the web portals, databases and electronic mail accounts through a user-friendly hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, grant full server root privileges and offer 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting plans rather than using the web hosting server solely for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup services

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 hosting server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is useful to have some kind of monitoring system enabled. Here at Afro Web Host 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 an additional option - the web hosting company offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would permit you to save the same data on two server hard disk drives as a precaution in the event of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given complete root-level access deletes something accidentally.