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What Is A Dedicated Server?

A dedicated server (also referred to as an outsourced server or rented web server) is a hosting server that is leased to a single customer. The server hardware, routing equipment, and network connectivity are monitored and maintained by the service provider while the server software is maintained by the customer.

With a dedicated server hosting account, a number of support services are included. These services typically include basic troubleshooting, application of OS, FTP and Mail patches, hardware maintenance, full support of standard software packages, etc. Other support services may be provided on a fee-based model, depending upon the provider you choose.

A dedicated server from shared web hosting in that is not shared with other customers in any way. Because you have control over the configuration of the server, what is contained within it and its maintenance, your website performance on a dedicated server should be better than on a shared server.

Dedicated hosting is often used for mission-critical websites or ones that require a high amount of storage and/or bandwidth. The administration of a dedicated server is normally done remotely through a web-based control panel or an SSH (Secure Shell) connection.

For a full explanation of how dedicated hosting differs from shared hosting accounts, read our article on Dedicated vs Shared Hosting.

Also, if you want to own the server your website is on and you just want the hosting company to house your web server at their facilities, then take a look at Colocation Hosting.

Low-Cost Dedicated Servers

At the Low Cost Web Hosting Guide, we don't review or list dedicated servers, but here are some good places that have established reputations with low-cost dedicated servers (and high bandwidth!):

  • - Linux servers with 400 GB of data transfer per month, starting at $99.00 per month; their data center owned and operated by Ev1 in Houston, Texas.
  • ValueWeb - Linux servers that feature 500 GB of data transfer per month with a 100% Uptime Guarantee, starting at $129.00 per month; data centers located in both Florida and California.

You'll have a hard time finding dedicated servers that offer as much bandwidth and additional features as these two companies at a comparable price.

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