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What is Dedicated Hosting?


Free and paid shared packages are among the most famous hosting solutions on the marketplace. They are okay for small-size sites that do not demand plenty of resources and do not get that many visitors, but for resource-swallowing web portals with many 1000's of viewers, a more powerful platform is required. If you would like to have a robust, top-class hosting solution that can handle even millions of everyday visits, a dedicated server is your best option.

Handle the Intense Load Caused by Your Web Sites with a Dedicated Server

With the dedicated solution, you rent a whole web hosting server whose system resources will be utilized solely by your sites. Just as any personal computer, each dedicated server has one or more processors operating at a given speed, a specific amount of RAM memory, one or more disk drives, and so on. A hosting server is in fact a computer with hardware intended to tackle heavy load and specific software activated on it, like a web server, PHP and MySQL software platforms, etc., which permits the sites hosted on it to be visible online.

Managed Dedicated Hosting Solutions

AMD 2
2x Opteron 4170 HE 2.1 GHz (12 cores)
16 GB DDR3 RAM
4x500 GB HDD Hard Drives
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A dedicated server can be managed either by the web hosting company, or by the client, on the basis of the particular dedicated server package. In either case, the party managing the physical server has access to a software tool to restart it at any particular moment. Administration is done through a CP tool that allows you to monitor the tasks running on the dedicated web hosting server.

OSs for Dedicated Servers

There are various hosting server Operating Systems like Windows, FreeBSD, an array of Linux distributions, and so on. Certain web hosting suppliers provide dedicated servers utilizing one particular Operating System, whereas others give clients an option. MSSQL databases and .NET sites request a Windows server, for example, and will not run on another OS, whereas PHP and HTML based sites using MySQL databases will operate on any Operating System. Before leasing a dedicated server, examine what the web hosting service provider provides and what the needs of your site are.

Software Platforms for Dedicated Servers

By default, each dedicated server comes with all the software applications needed to manage a website - a web server, database software (MySQL, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, etc.), PHP software, an FTP server and so on, so once you get the server, you can upload your web site files and get the site online. Most web hosts grant root-level access, in other words you can install any software on the dedicated server and revise any settings. Certain script-based software platforms require server-side libraries that should be pre-installed in order for them to operate. A lot of shopping cart scripts, for instance, include such a precondition, and getting complete root-level access to the dedicated server is essential for building an online shop. Other hosting providers do not offer root access, but help the client install the needed software platforms - this is the so-called managed hosting solution, as compared with the unmanaged web hosting service, which includes complete server root access.

Dedicated Server by 'Big Dog Hosting'

The web content on the dedicated server can be administered either via a Secure Shell (SSH) tunnel or through a web hosting Control Panel graphical interface like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Hepsia, etc. There are tens of web hosting CP interfaces out there, and usually providers provide a few of them, and with full root-level access at hand, the client can install any of them. All web files, databases, mail addresses, access logs and program installations are administered easily via a graphical user interface in a browser, so no advanced knowledge is necessary. Some CPs also have a reseller back office dashboard, so if you purchase a dedicated server, you can not just host your web files, but also offer shared website hosting packages to different persons to earn profit. We, at Big Dog Hosting, offer free-of-charge invoicing software and a domain reseller account with every dedicated server plan of ours, which allows you to set up your very own personal hosting company and make money very quickly because the hosting business is perpetually developing.