Web Hosting: Dedicated Servers

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Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

Dedicated servers are basically computers that have a single function: to host and run the websites you place on them. Unlike shared web hosting where you have to share your disk space, CPU, RAM and other resources with other customers, a dedicated server allows you to host 1 or more of your sites on the machine by yourself. The entire box is basically yours to configure as you see fit.

Dedicated servers are usually either managed or unmanaged. If you go with an unmanaged dedicated server, you usually get to pay a cheaper price, but you have to basically administer the machine by yourself. If there are security fixes for the web server or the operating system on the computer, you will need to apply them yourself. In fact, you will probably need to stay on top of such developments by subscribing to the necessary mailing lists and whatnot for security fixes to the software on your server. You are normally given the root (adminstrator) password to an unmanaged dedicated server. If you require the web host to do anything to your server, you typically have to pay extra for the support service.

Managed dedicated servers are servers where the web host attends to all the necessary updates to your software and maintains the hardware on your behalf. The charges for managed servers are usually higher since you are also paying for the services they provide. Very often, managed servers do not come with root access.

Sometimes, a reboot of the entire machine is necessary, such as when the system crashes or locks up. Some web hosts provide free reboots as part of the service. Others provide only a limited number of reboots per month, and require you to pay extra for each reboot. Be sure to note what is provided as part of a package so that you're not taken by surprise when you need a reboot and such services.

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This UK web host offers a variety of dedicated server packages, the cheapest of which costs £288.24 per month (paid annually). You get 1 Intel Xeon Quad Core for the CPU, 16 GB RAM, two 300GB enterprise-grade SSDs, 2000 GB bandwidth, SSH, CPanel control panel, a dedicated IP address, PHP, Perl, ZendGuard and ionCube loaders, mod_rewrite, unlimited MySQL databases, cron jobs, SVN and git clients, custom error pages, 99.9% uptime service level agreement, etc. If you're wondering about the odd name (I was), it is a palindrome, where the word is the same whether you read it forwards or backwards.

DreamHost Fully-Managed Dedicated Server Hosting

This web host offers numerous fully-managed dedicated server hosting plans starting from $149 per month. For the cheapest plan, you get 4 GB RAM, a 1 TB hard disk, RAID 1, root access, a local MySQL database server, a control panel, uncapped bandwidth, DDOS protection, a unique IPv4 and IPv6 IP address, Ubuntu Linux, etc.

GoDaddy Dedicated Servers

This web host offers dedicated servers from $79.99 per month (paid monthly; if you pay for longer periods, the price is lower). The package includes 1 120 GB disk drive, 500 GB bandwidth, 1 GB RAM, FTP, 3 dedicated IP addresses, PHP, Perl, etc.

HostGator Dedicated Servers

This web host provides managed dedicated servers for $174 (depending on the package you choose). This price includes the CPanel control panel, 1 GB RAM, 1 80 GB hard disk, 1,500 GB bandwidth, 5 IP addresses, root access, a site builder, unlimited domain and sub-domain hosting, unlimited POP3 email accounts, unlimited MySQL databases, unlimited FTP accounts, PHP, Perl, Python, SSI, cron (scheduled tasks), web statistics (Urchin, Awstats, Analog, Webalizer), shopping carts, etc.

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