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How Dedicated Hosting Works

When we speak of hosting servers, there are 3 principal kinds - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared servers accommodate plenty of customers and so the resources per web hosting account are restricted, virtual private server accounts offer more configuration freedom, but also affect other virtual web servers on the hardware node if utilized unwisely, and dedicated servers offer you the option to carry out everything you wish without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated hosting server?

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Dedicated servers are commonly much more high-priced than shared web hosting servers or virtual web servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is very simple. If your company has a high resource-requiring site, or simply has very specific web server configuration requirements, the most sensible option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in security and stability, the bigger price is of no concern. You have root access and can utilize 100% of the hosting server's resources without anyone else sharing these resources and messing with your online portals.

Hardware configurations

Most web hosting vendors, incl. us at EASYTECH AFRICA, offer different hardware configurations you can pick from in line with your requirements. The hardware architectures offer different types of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic allowances. You can choose a web hosting Control Panel, which is a handy GUI if you would like to utilize the hosting server for website hosting purposes solely and prefer not to resort to an SSH client for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three types of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our dedicated web hosting 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, particularly if you wish to grant access to someone else who has less technical experience than yourself. This is why having web hosting Control Panel software activated is a fine idea. The Hepsia hosting CP software that we offer does not include complete server root access and is mainly appropriate for someone who maintains multiple websites that devour plenty of system resources, but would rather manage the web sites, databases and e-mail aliases using an easy-to-use hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete root access and offer three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting packages instead of utilizing the web server only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated hosting server and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at EASYTECH AFRICA 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 hosting server too. Backups are also an additional option - the hosting supplier offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would permit you to save the same data on 2 server hard drives as a precaution in the event of a server disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given root privileges deletes something accidentally.