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What Do Dedicated Servers Stand for?

Free and paid shared packages are one of the most widely used website hosting products on the market. They are splendid for small-scale web portals that do not demand a lot of system resources and do not draw that many web site visitors, but for high resource-consuming websites with many 1000's of website visitors, a more advanced solution is required. If you want a rock solid, top-class shared hosting platform that can handle even 1 000 000's of everyday visits, a dedicated server is your perfect choice.

Handle the Intense Load Created by Your Websites with a Dedicated Server

With the dedicated server hosting solution, you rent a whole physical machine whose system resources will be utilized only by your sites. Just as any computer, each dedicated server has one or more processing units functioning at a certain speed, a given amount of RAM memory, one or more hard disk drives, etc. A web hosting server is in fact a computer with a hardware configuration aimed to handle heavy load and some software activated on it, like a web server, PHP and MySQL software, etc., which allows the websites accommodated on it to be available on the web.

Managed Dedicated Hosting Solutions

A dedicated server can be managed either by the web hosting supplier, or by the customer, on the basis of the given dedicated server package. In either situation, the party administering the physical server has access to a software platform to restart it at any specific moment. Management is carried out through a Control Panel graphical interface that allows you to check the processes running on the server.

OSs for Dedicated Servers

There are different web hosting server OSs such as Windows, FreeBSD, an array of Linux distributions, etc. Specific hosting companies offer dedicated servers running one given Operating System, while others offer clients an option. MSSQL databases and .NET web sites request a Windows web server, for example, and will not run on a different Operating System, while PHP and HTML based websites using MySQL databases will run on any OS. Before leasing a dedicated server, examine what the hosting provider provides and what the needs of your web site are.

Software Applications for Dedicated Servers

By default, each dedicated server comes with all the software platforms needed in order to run a web site - web server software, database software (MySQL, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, etc.), PHP software, an FTP server and so on, so the moment you obtain the web server, you can upload your files and get the website online. Most web hosting suppliers provide complete server root access, in other words you can install any software applications on the dedicated server and alter any settings. Specific script-driven software platforms require server-side apps that should be pre-activated in order for them to run. Different e-commerce scripts, for instance, include such a precondition, and gaining complete server root access to the dedicated server is vital for establishing an online shop. Other hosting service providers do not grant full server root access, but help the customer activate the necessary software platforms - this is the so-called managed hosting service, as compared with the unmanaged web hosting solution, which includes complete server root access.

Dedicated Server by 'PrincetonStar'

The website files on the dedicated server can be administered either via a Secure Shell (SSH) console or through a Control Panel graphical user interface such as cPanel, DirectAdmin, Hepsia, and so on. There are tens of CP graphical user interfaces in existence, and typically web hosting vendors offer a couple of them, and with root access at hand, the client can install any of them. All web files, databases, e-mail addresses, access logs and program installations are handled effortlessly via a graphical interface in a browser, so no advanced knowledge is needed. Specific Control Panels also have a reseller backend console, so if you pick a dedicated server, you can not merely host your web files, but also sell shared website hosting plans to different people to make money. We, at PrincetonStar, provide free-of-cost invoicing software and a domain reseller account with each dedicated server package of ours, which enables you to begin your own hosting corporation and earn profit very quickly as the hosting business niche is perpetually developing.