When we talk about hosting servers, there are 3 basic categories – shared hosting servers, VPS (virtual private web hosting servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared web hosting servers host numerous customers and thus the resources per user account are restricted, virtual private server packages offer more configuration independence, but also influence other private virtual web servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers give you the opportunity to carry out everything you please without intervening with anyone else.
Why would you need a dedicated hosting server?
Dedicated servers are generally much more high-priced than shared web servers or private virtual web servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The reply is very simple. If your firm has a popular online portal, or just has very explicit web server setup requirements, the smartest option is a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in safety and stability, the bigger price is not a concern. You are granted full server root privileges and can utilize 100% of the hosting server’s resources without anyone else availing of these system resources and messing with your sites.
The majority of shared hosting providers, including us at Hostrina Kenya, provide several different hardware architectures you can pick from according to your requirements. The hardware architectures offer different sorts of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and disk drive sizes and different web traffic usage quotas. You can choose a web hosting Control Panel, which is useful software if you want to utilize the hosting server for hosting purposes only and choose not to use a Secure Shell console for all the modifications you will be making. We offer 3 kinds of Control Panel software – Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
The hosting CP of your choosing
If you are a self-reliant Linux user (our dedicated servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server through a Secure Shell terminal only. That, however, could be inconvenient, especially if you choose to give access to someone else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. That is why having web hosting Control Panel software installed is a fine idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel graphical user interface that we provide does not include complete root access and is chiefly appropriate for somebody who has a lot of online portals that devour lots of resources, but would rather manage the web sites, databases and mail accounts using a user-friendly hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant full root privileges and offer three access levels – root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting accounts rather than utilizing the server solely for yourself, you should choose one of these two.
Server monitoring and backup procedures
Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated hosting server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your dedicated server, like an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring platform enabled. Here at Hostrina Kenya the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated hosting server as well. Backups are also an extra feature – the hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would permit you to keep the very same data on 2 server disk drives as a protective measure in case of a server hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given root privileges erases something by accident.