Free and paid shared plans are one of the most widespread hosting solutions on the market. They are splendid for small-sized websites that do not demand loads of resources and do not get that many visitors. But for resource-demanding sites with many thousands of web site visitors, a more powerful platform is demanded. If you want a stable, no-holds-barred shared hosting solution that can tackle even 1 000 000’s of daily hits, a dedicated server is your most appropriate option.
With the dedicated web server hosting solution, you lease an entire physical machine whose system resources will be utilised solely by your sites. Just as any personal computer, each dedicated server has one or more CPUs operating at a specific speed, a particular amount of RAM memory, one or more hard disk drives, and so on. A dedicated web hosting server is indeed a computer with a hardware configuration designed to cope with heavy load and given software activated on it, such as web server software, PHP and MySQL software platforms, etc., which allows the websites accommodated on it to be reachable online.
A dedicated server can be administered either by the host, or by the customer, based on the concrete dedicated server plan. In either case, the party handling the server has access to a software platform to reboot it at any given moment. Administration is done through a hosting Control Panel tool that permits you to keep an eye on the tasks running on the hosting server.
There are various server Operating Systems like Windows, FreeBSD, different Linux distributions, and so on. Specific web hosting vendors provide dedicated servers using one specific OS, whereas others offer clients an option. MSSQL databases and .NET sites request a Windows web server, for example, and will not perform on a different OS, while PHP and HTML based web sites using MySQL databases will work on any OS. Prior to renting a dedicated server, examine what the provider offers and what the necessities of your site are.
By default, each dedicated server includes all the software platforms needed to manage a website – a web server, database software (MySQL, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, etc.), PHP software, an FTP server and so on, so as soon as you get the web server, you can upload your web files and take the site online. Most hosts provide full root access, i.e. you can activate any software apps on the dedicated server and update any settings. Given script-driven software platforms require server-side libraries that should be pre-activated in order for them to function. A lot of e-commerce software scripts, for instance, include such a requirement, and being granted full server root access to the dedicated server is crucial for managing an online shop. Other web hosting corporations do not provide complete root access, but help the client install the required software apps – this is the so-called managed hosting service, as differentiated from the unmanaged hosting solution, which includes full server root access.
The textual, visual and aural content on the dedicated server can be managed either via a Secure Shell (SSH) console or through a hosting CP tool like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Hepsia, and so on. There are 10’s of CP graphical user interfaces out there, and normally providers provide a few of them, and with full root-level access at hand, the client can activate any of them. All web site files, databases, mail aliases, access logs and script installations are handled effortlessly through a graphical user interface in a web browser, so no advanced knowledge is required. Given web hosting Control Panels also have a reseller back office panel, so if you choose a dedicated server, you can not just host your web site files, but also offer shared hosting packages to different users to earn cash. We, at Wight Hosting, offer cost-free invoicing software and a domain reseller account with each dedicated server package of ours, which permits you to begin your own personal hosting firm and generate profit very fast because the web hosting business niche is constantly flowering.