Definition of Dedicated Server Plans
When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 main varieties - shared hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers host multiple clients and hence the resources per web hosting account are restricted, virtual private server accounts offer more server configuration liberty, but also influence other VPSs on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the independence to do everything you decide without messing with anyone else.
Why would you need a dedicated server?
Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared servers or VPSs. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is very simple. If your company has a heavy-content online portal, or just has very precise server configuration requirements, the wisest choice is a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in safety and reliability, the higher price is not a problem. You obtain full root-level access and can use 100% of the dedicated hosting web server's system resources without anyone else using these resources and messing with your web portals.
The majority of shared hosting companies, including us at PromoterHost Web Hosting, offer different hardware architectures you can pick from on the basis of your needs. The hardware architectures offer different types of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and hard drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth allowances. You can choose a hosting CP, which is a useful user interface if you want to utilize the dedicated server for website hosting purposes solely and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell client for all the modifications you will be making. We provide three types of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
The hosting Control Panel of your choice
If you are a self-confident Linux OS user (our dedicated hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server via an SSH terminal exclusively. That, though, could be inconvenient, even more so if you decide to grant root-level access to someone else who has less technical experience than yourself. That is why having hosting CP software installed is an intelligent idea. The Hepsia hosting CP GUI that we provide does not give you complete server root access and is mostly appropriate for somebody who has numerous online portals that consume a lot of system resources, but desires to manage the web pages, databases and e-mailboxes using an intuitive web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you root-level access and offer 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting packages rather than utilizing the web hosting server solely for yourself, you should pick one of these two.
Server monitoring and backup procedures
Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In the event of a predicament with your server, such as a non-responsive Apache or an outage, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at PromoterHost Web Hosting 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 extra option - the company offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would allow you to store the same data on two server hard disks as a precaution in the event of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given root-level access erases something by accident.