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What Actually is Dedicated Hosting?

Free and paid shared plans are one of the most popular website hosting solutions on the marketplace. They are appropriate for small-size sites that do not demand plenty of system resources and do not receive that many visitors, but for resource-demanding online portals with many 1000's of visitors, a more advanced platform is required. If you are looking for a rock solid, top-class web hosting solution that can deal with even millions of everyday hits, a dedicated hosting is your most suitable option.

Tackle the High Load Generated by Your Websites with a Dedicated Hosting Server

With the dedicated web hosting solution, you rent a whole physical server whose system resources will be utilized solely by your sites. Just like any computer, each dedicated hosting server has one or more microprocessors running at a certain speed, a particular amount of RAM, one or more hard disks, and so on. A web hosting server is indeed a computer with hardware designed to cope with heavy load and certain software installed on it, such as web server software, PHP and MySQL software platforms, etc., which permits the websites accommodated on it to be available on the Internet.

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A dedicated hosting server can be administered either by the web hosting service provider, or by the client, based on the given dedicated hosting plan. In either situation, the party managing the hosting server has access to a software tool to reboot it at any particular time. Management is carried out through a web hosting CP graphical user interface that enables you to keep track of the processes running on the dedicated machine.

Operating Systems for Dedicated Hosting

There are various web hosting server OSs like Windows, FreeBSD, a variety of Linux distributions, and so on. Specific providers offer dedicated hosting running one particular OS, while others give customers an alternative. MSSQL databases and .NET websites require a Windows server, for instance, and will not work on another OS, while PHP and HTML based sites utilizing MySQL databases will work on any OS. Prior to renting a dedicated hosting server, check what the hosting distributor offers and what the needs of your web site are.

Software Platforms for Dedicated Hosting

By default, each dedicated hosting server offers all the software platforms needed in order to manage a website - a web server, database software (MySQL, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, and so on), PHP software, FTP server software and so on, so as soon as you get the server, you can upload your web site files and get the website online. Most web hosting companies give root privileges, in other words you can activate any software apps on the dedicated hosting server and update any settings. Particular script-driven software platforms require server-side libraries that should be pre-installed in order for them to work. Different e-commerce software scripts, for instance, impose such a requirement, and being given full root-level access to the dedicated hosting server is key for building a web shop. Other web hosting vendors do not provide complete server root access, but help the client install the necessary software platforms - this is the so-called managed hosting solution, as distinguished from the unmanaged web hosting solution, which comes with full root privileges.

Dedicated Hosting by 'RavenHawk Hosting'

The content on the dedicated hosting server can be handled either via a Secure Shell (SSH) tunnel or through a hosting Control Panel graphical user interface like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Hepsia, etc. There are tens of CP tools out there, and typically web hosting vendors provide several of them, and with complete root-level access at hand, the customer can install any of them. All files, databases, emails, access logs and script installations are administered easily via a graphical interface in a browser, so no advanced knowledge is necessary. Given CPs also include a reseller back office console, so if you obtain a dedicated hosting server, you can not only host your web site files, but also sell shared website hosting packages to other clients to gain money. We, at RavenHawk Hosting, provide cost-free invoicing software and a domain reseller account with each and every dedicated hosting package of ours, which enables you to set up your very own hosting corporation and make cash very fast as the web hosting market is perpetually flowering.