cPanel Dedicated Server Providers
Choosing The Right Hosting Provider for Your Cpanel Dedicated Server
What you need to know when looking for Cpanel Dedicated Hosting
cPanel dedicated server hosting is very common and most web hosting companies offer them, BUT not all web hosts are created equal and that why you need to be armed with the right knowledge when picking a hosting service.
Redundancy through Connectivity - How well is your cPanel Server connected
When while all you need is one Internet connection running to your cPanel server for the world to see your web sites, your hosting provider should at the very least have two connections from two different suppliers, this adds redundancy (also called "Multihomed") to your web server, incase there is a problem with one of the major suppliers your customers surfing your web sites will not even notice.
Customer Service and Support for your cPanel Server
Look for a dedicated server provider that offers 24/7 support. By selecting a dedicated server hosting service with cPanel you are already making it very easy to administer your server and the web sites that will be on it, I use cPanel myself on some of my hosting plans and I find it very easy to use since it always updates itself with the latest version insuring that your server is well protected and running smoothly. In fact I have never had a problem or had to reboot since I purchased my cPanel dedicated server and that is almost a year and a half ago. But there comes a time when something can go wrong, for example lets say you lost your password to your server and didn't give your hosting service a copy, or you just need some software installed that you can't do yourself and that's when 24/7 support can make all the difference.
Remote Reboot of your Web Server
Remotely rebooting your server in the unlikely event that it has stopped responding, is a handy option to have. There are a couple ways that you can reboot your server. The easiest way is to reboot the server through cPanel or in the command prompt, however an unresponsive server can be hard to get to to actually do this, in those cases you can usually log into your hosting service providers reboot control panel and reboot your dedicated server. if you don't have access to a computer you can usually call their support number and have them do it for you.
Allotted Bandwidth for your cPanel Dedicated Server Package
Bandwidth is another buzz word when it comes to purchasing dedicated server packages, while the amount of data transfer you are allowed is important you should first asses how much you will realistically need. One of my dedicated servers is allowed 1500 GB of data transfer per month and I am utilizing maybe 100 GB maximum, so while lots of bandwidth is important it should only be the deciding factor if you plan on hosting bandwidth intensive web sites. The nice thing about a cPanel dedicated server is that you can assign a bandwidth cap on each web site that you host on the server and cPanel will notify you when they approach their limit. Another handy feature is that you can view overall bandwidth usage so you can see how much total data has transferred for the month in cPanel. Dedicated servers can typically pump out a lot of data but you will also need to know what kind of ethernet connection your web server is connected to:
- A lot of dedicated web servers come attached to standard 10 Mb/s ports which can stream data at a theoretical maximum of 1.2 Megabytes per second and a theoretical maximum of around 3 Terabytes a month.
- A 100 Mb/s port could pump out a maximum of about 12.5 Megabytes per second or around 30 Terabytes a month.
- 1000 Mb/s or 1Gb/s ports can push data files out at the speed of around 125 Megabytes per second which would equate to nearly 324 Terabytes per month.
Again these numbers can be distorting because what also matters is the connectivity going to the routers and switches that are at your hosting center. Then there is the data transfer capabilities of your server hardware like the hard drives, raid cards, CPU, RAM speed, bus speed and so forth.
Most Important: Determining Hosting Bandwidth Requirements
Factor in the busiest times of the day/month/year for your cPanel dedicated server. If you have a peak of 300 users at exactly 6 in the evening every night and they look at your 100 Kilobyte (100K) homepage that means that your server has to pump out 30 Megabytes of data in a very short period of time lets say spread over 3 seconds so 30 MB divided by 3 is 10MB per second, so a 100Mb/s port would be able to handle the traffic load.
To see for yourself how easy a cPanel control panel works you can check out their live demo here the link will open in a new window so you can come back to this page with ease. The admin panel that would be installed on your cPanel Dedicated Server would be the top of the three demos on the page titled "Root and Reseller Administration Panel" of course this naturally comes with the other two panels as well.
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