An article by Top Web Hosting.
Corporate pages, social networks and video sharing portals are very popular and heavy websites that require a lot of system resources to run. The more visitors a website is having at the same time, the more resources will be needed to handle all the requests from the users' browsers and to execute them. This is why a dedicated server would be the optimal hosting solution for such websites.
Purchasing a dedicated server means that you have a whole machine for your needs. Unlike the shared web hosting service or the Virtual Private Server solution where you share a server with a certain number of other users, with a dedicated server you can utilize all the system resources for your websites' needs.
There are different server configurations that you can purchase. They vary in terms of the hardware features they are offering - processors, RAM amounts, hard drives, network cards, but they may also have a monthly traffic limitation. For a very popular website, or if you want to host a number of websites on a single server, you may consider a more powerful configuration.
Usually, the hosting providers offer a variety of configurations to meet the needs of their customers - from a small server for a single website to a very powerful configuration that can handle very heavy websites and thousands of visitors at any given moment. The CPU and disk space quotas and the database connections can be limited only by the server hardware itself.
One major advantage of the dedicated server over a shared hosting account is that you have full root access, so you can install any software that you would like. Some e-commerce shopping cart scripts, for example, require additional software that cannot be installed on a shared hosting server as it would affect all the clients on it. With a dedicated server, you have full freedom to install anything. You can manage the server either by using a Secure Shell (SSH) protocol, or via a Control Panel tool. Here, you have a choice again. You can use a hosting Control Panel provided by the hosting company, or you can install your own. Some popular Control Panel tools are cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin and H-Sphere. Some companies like 'ResellersPanel', for example, offer their own hosting Control Panel, which is created on the basis of customer recommendations and offers multi-domain hosting support. Some Control Panel tools are license-free (Hepsia), while others (cPanel) require a monthly license fee to use them.
Along with the option to host your own domain names, a dedicated server gives you the opportunity to start your own hosting company and to sell web hosting services to other people. Many hosting Control Panel tools come with a reseller hosting administration software counterpart, so if you get a billing &: support system such as WHMCS, AWBS or ClientExec, you can start your online business, creating a variety of hosting plans for your future clients. You can also provide support to your clients directly, and, since you have root access, you can install software on demand, so your customers will be satisfied with the service they get.
Some hosting providers also offer an additional paid administration service, whereby the company administrators will assist you with any issue that you may experience with your dedicated server - an Operating System update, a script installation, a troubleshooting procedure, or any other problem that you may encounter.
A dedicated hosting server is the ultimate hosting solution if you are looking for a powerful and stable web hosting service without worrying that you will reach any limits. Whether you will host your own websites, or you are a web designer with a lot of clients and need hosting space for your work, or you want to earn some decent money by reselling the server hosting space to others, a dedicated server will give you the freedom that no other hosting plan can.