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Definition of Dedicated Hosting Plans

When we speak of hosting servers, there are three principal types - shared hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared hosting web servers accommodate lots of customers and hence the system resources per hosting account are limited, virtual private server packages offer more server configuration freedom, but also affect other virtual web hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers give you the option to carry out everything you see fit without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated hosting server?

Dedicated servers are traditionally much more expensive than shared web servers or virtual web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is pretty simple. If your corporation has a content-heavy site, or simply has very precise server configuration requirements, the right choice is a dedicated server. For somebody who is prepared to invest in security and reliability, the higher price is not an issue. You have root-level access and can use 100 percent of the dedicated hosting server's system resources without anyone else availing of these resources and meddling with your websites.

Hardware architectures

Most web hosting providers, including us at STEERWEB, offer different hardware architectures you can select from as per your necessities. The hardware architectures offer different sorts of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and disk drive sizes and different traffic quotas. You can pick a hosting Control Panel, which is a useful graphical user interface if you want to utilize the server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to use a Secure Shell client for all the changes you will be making. We provide three sorts of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your choice

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our dedicated hosting web servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server through a Secure Shell connection exclusively. That, though, could be awkward, particularly if you want to grant access to someone else who has less technical expertise than yourself. This is why having web hosting Control Panel software installed is a good idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel software that we provide does not give you full root access and is chiefly suitable for somebody who runs multiple sites that consume plenty of resources, but would like to administer the web pages, databases and e-mail boxes using an intuitive web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant full root-level access and offer 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting plans rather than utilizing the hosting server solely for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated hosting server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your web hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring platform activated. Here at STEERWEB 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 hosting server too. Backups are also an extra feature - the company offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would allow you to store the very same data on 2 hard disks as a precaution in the event of a server disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given complete root-level access erases something by accident.