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How Does Dedicated Web Hosting Operate?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 principal varieties - shared web hosting servers, VPS (private virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers accommodate plenty of clients and hence the system resources per hosting account are restricted, virtual private server accounts give you more configuration independence, but also influence other virtual private hosting servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the autonomy to carry out everything you like without messing with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are usually much more high-priced than shared hosting web servers or virtual private hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The reply is pretty simple. If your company has a popular web page, or just has very specific server architecture requirements, the smartest choice is a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in safety and dependability, the bigger price is not a problem. You receive full server root access and can use 100% of the web hosting server's resources without anyone else sharing these system resources and meddling with your web sites.

Hardware specifications

Most web hosting providers, including us at American Patriot Hosting, provide several hardware configurations you can pick from according to your requirements. The hardware configurations offer different varieties of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server disk drive sizes and different web traffic usage quotas. You can select a hosting CP, which is a useful tool if you want to utilize the dedicated web hosting server for web hosting purposes only and choose not to use SSH for all the modifications you will be making. We provide 3 kinds of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your choice

If you are a self-reliant Linux OS user (our dedicated hosting web servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server via a Secure Shell client exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, especially if you wish to give full root-level access to somebody else who has less technical proficiency than yourself. That is why having hosting CP software installed is a smart idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP graphical user interface that we offer does not offer complete root access and is mostly suitable for somebody who maintains a lot of web sites that require a lot of system resources, but would like to manage the sites, databases and mailboxes through an intuitive hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, grant full server root privileges and include three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting packages instead of using the web hosting server only for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In the event of a predicament with your hosting server, such as an unresponsive Apache or an outage, it is useful to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Here at American Patriot 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 as well. Backups are also an extra option - the hosting company offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would permit you to keep the same data on two disk drives as a protective measure in the event of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete root access deletes something by mistake.