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Dedicated server hosting: The features and benefits of using dedicated servers

A dedicated server is itself the physical piece of hardware that your hosting provider rents out to you. It has its own processor, hard drives, random access memory (RAM), and bandwidth capacity. Your website and its associated software will be hosted exclusively on the hard drives of this dedicated server. Dedicated servers allow you to install and run almost any program. In addition, they allow other users, to whom you have given access, the possibility of connecting to your dedicated hosting server and using those same programs at the same time as you. This has made dedicated servers very popular with internet gamers. Dedicated game servers offer all the same features as regular dedicated hosting servers, but are intended for less serious activities.

But what are the other benefits of using dedicated servers?

That’s certainly a valid question, since the dedicated server hosting costs are significantly higher than shared or virtual hosting plans. But with the increase in cost, come features and benefits that are significantly worth it.

There are many benefits of using a dedicated server for your high traffic site, intensive software, or gaming application. We’ve listed the most important things below to guide you in the right direction.

Customization – Most dedicated server hosting plans allow you to fully customize or build your own dedicated server. Therefore, you can select and pay only for the functions that you will require. Often, you will have the choice of operating system software (Windows Server Edition and Linux Redhat are the most popular options). Your choice of such software should be informed considering which system your web applications will run best on. An important selling point with dedicated hosting plans is also which control panel to use. Plesk and Cpanel dashboards are the most popular options. Both will allow the hosting of multiple domains and websites.

Reliability – Because your website or app is hosted exclusively on this dedicated server, you don’t run the risk of being congested by requests from other people’s websites or apps. In a shared hosting plan, the speed at which your web application loads depends on the amount of traffic received by other websites that are on the same shared hosting server. This causes slow load times for high traffic websites and other websites that share a server with them. Dedicated server hosting avoids all this by offering exclusive bandwidth for your web application. Shared hosting is also risky because you have no idea who is uploading what to the same server you are hosting. John could be loading a web application that contains an unidentified virus that removes everything it touches. If your website resides on the same server as John’s, then, to put it technically, it’s screwed up. Dedicated hosting avoids all this and allows you to sleep a little more easily at night.

Security – No one else has access to your server except you. You are responsible for all of your content, so there is no chance of viruses or other malicious software unless you put them there. Also, most dedicated server plans come with the option of an external firewall so you can enforce your specified access rights.

Unique IP address – All dedicated servers have their own unique IP address, so your domain’s IP address only points to your website. Shared hosting plans assign 1 IP address to each domain and website hosted on that particular server. The website traffic is then driven by the host header reading software installed on the server. This process is usually very fast, but it can slow down on a congested shared server. Your dedicated server will have its own unique IP address that can only point to your website or web application. No header reading software is needed to slow down the loading process (unless you decide to host multiple websites).

Updates, updates! Without a doubt, your website will continue to grow and so will your budget. At any time during your dedicated server hosting, you can add more bandwidth, RAM, and speed up your processor. While some hosting providers will allow you to change operating systems, this is generally not recommended. Make up your mind at first and stick to a single operating system. This will save you many hours of tedious software conversions and “inexplicable” downtime.

Other options:

Hard Drive Layout: If you have chosen to have two hard drives on your dedicated server, you can organize them in one of the following ways: Raid 1 or Raid 2. Raid 1 or duplicate disk, allows you to select a hard drive as your disk Primary hard drive “runs from” while the other hard drive serves as an exact copy of the main drive. This is very important if your web application will contain highly confidential data related to your customers or any other unique information. If you’re not particularly concerned about this type of backup utility, you can go for a Raid 2 configuration where you have a primary hard drive with the secondary disk once the primary storage is full.

FTP Backup: The best dedicated hosting providers will also provide an FTP backup account for your account. It can reflect the vital content already on your dedicated hosting server in that account.

The benefits of dedicated hosting server are clear. With this knowledge, feel free to search for the cheapest dedicated hosting providers. A dedicated and reliable hosting company will provide you with all the options mentioned above to ensure your mega website and games are always up and running. Remember, choose only the options you need on a trusted dedicated server. There is no hard and fast rule for what constitutes trustworthy dedicated servers: You must carefully decide which options are best suited for the applications you intend to run. A low-cost dedicated server that has all the bandwidth features, space and security to run your programs effectively is the perfect upgrade from a non-dedicated server hosting plan.

Robert Gombos
Working in the web development and marketing industry for over 10 years. Been part of several large projects, coded a lot of websites, and owning several bigger projects. Right now, I am focused more on my personal life, doing what I like, trying not to be someone's slave... if you know what I mean.

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