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Dedicated Server Plans Explanation

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are three principal kinds - shared hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers host multiple clients and thus the resources per account are limited, virtual private server packages give you more configuration freedom, but also affect other private virtual servers on the hardware node if used imprudently, and dedicated servers offer you the possibility to do everything you wish without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared web servers or private virtual servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is quite simple. If your company has a heavy resource-consuming web page, or simply has very exact server architecture requirements, the most intelligent option would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is ready to invest in safety and reliability, the bigger price is not an issue. You are granted complete root access and can use 100 percent of the web hosting server's system resources without anyone else availing of these resources and messing with your web sites.

Hardware specifications

Most shared hosting companies, including us at Webmaster Fortress, offer several hardware architectures you can choose from in consonance with your needs. The hardware architectures include different varieties of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM and server hard disk sizes and different web traffic allowances. You can pick a web hosting CP, which is a convenient tool if you wish to use the dedicated web server for website hosting purposes only and choose not to use a Secure Shell terminal for all the modifications you will be making. We provide three types of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choice

If you are a confident Linux OS user (our dedicated servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server through an SSH terminal only. That, though, could be inconvenient, especially if you wish to grant complete server root access to someone else who has less technical skills than yourself. That is why having hosting CP software installed is a good idea. The Hepsia hosting CP software tool that we provide does not include full root access and is mostly appropriate for somebody who maintains many web portals that demand lots of resources, but would rather manage the web sites, databases and mail addresses via an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you complete root-level access and offer three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting accounts instead of using the web hosting server solely for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Web 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 problem with your dedicated web hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is good to have some kind of monitoring platform enabled. Here at Webmaster Fortress 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 too. Backups are also an additional option - the hosting services provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a type of RAID that would allow you to save the same data on 2 server disk drives as a protective measure in the event of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full root-level access deletes something by accident.