Dedicated Servers Explanation
When we speak of web hosting servers, there are 3 basic kinds - hosting servers, VPS (private virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers host lots of clients and so the resources per user account are restricted, VPS offer more configuration independence, but also influence other VPSs on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers give you the chance to do everything you please without messing with anyone else.
Why would you need a dedicated servers?
4 GB DDR3 RAM
2x250 GB HDD Hard Drives
8 GB DDR3 RAM
2x500 GB HDD Hard Drives
Dedicated servers are usually much more high-priced than shared hosting servers or private virtual web servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is pretty simple. If your corporation has a frequently visited web site, or simply has very precise web server setup requirements, the smartest choice would be a dedicated servers. For someone who is willing to invest in security and stability, the higher price is of no importance. You acquire root access and can utilize 100 percent of the dedicated web hosting server's system resources without anyone else using these resources and messing with your web pages.
The majority of hosting providers, including us at Baptist Church Web Hosting, offer several different hardware architectures you can choose from on the basis of your needs. The hardware architectures include different varieties of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and server disk drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth usage quotas. You can select a web hosting CP, which is a handy GUI if you wish to use the dedicated servers for web hosting purposes only and prefer not to use a Secure Shell console for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three kinds of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
The web hosting CP of your choosing
If you are a self-reliant Linux user (our dedicated hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated servers through a Secure Shell terminal only. That, though, could be inconvenient, particularly if you decide to grant complete server root access to someone else who has less technical expertise than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software pre-installed is a splendid idea. The Hepsia Control Panel graphical user interface that we provide does not give you full root access and is chiefly appropriate for someone who runs multiple web portals that devour plenty of system resources, but would rather administer the websites, databases and email addresses through an easy-to-use web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full root access and have 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting packages rather than utilizing the dedicated servers solely for yourself, you should choose one of these two.
Web server monitoring and backup procedures
Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated servers and of backing it up. In the event of a predicament with your dedicated server, like an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is useful to have some kind of monitoring platform enabled. Here at Baptist Church Web Hosting 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 servers too. Backups are also an extra option - the company offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would allow you to keep the same data on two server hard disk drives as a precaution in case of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full root-level access erases something unintentionally.