Having a dedicated server can be a neat thing if you are staring out a small business. But it can also be complicated.
There are two types of dedicated server configurations. 1. Dedicated Managed and the other is Dedicated Shared.
What is the difference? Dedicated managed means you do all your technical support, install applications, run processes and if a customer has an issue... It is up to you to resolve it...So basically, you are a dedicated server and you provide your own technical support.
Also it depends what type of Operating System you are using.. If you are using Linux, you have to know how to Use SSH, How to Configure certain Permissions such as chmod777, via Linux, you have to know how to check you bin directories, how to set IP Addressses, SSL Certificates, and there is so much to learn... The same goes for a Windows Operating Server.
No as for a Dedicated Shared.. Well, that is what the name says, You are sharing your Server with various people and You use the same RAM and resources, so lets say The guy next door is using his server to stream Videos, you are going to run into problems. There is also some servers that RUN on a Program called Virtuosso.. By Plesk... After So many years in the Web Hosting business I installed Plesk Virtuozzo on one of my machines and I am amazed as how this software manages resources.
Now, I also seen that alot of people Are giving 1 and 1 lots of hype... Well, it wont be until you need to use .php or something simple as Form mail that you will run into problems... See these companies only cater to start up businesses that don`t know anything about web hosting or what a web server is supposed to do... Why? Because most people that start a business use basic html to design their web site.
Things really get complicated when a developer that knows what he`s doing starts running into problems.
Then you know it`s time to Move on to a better server...
Like I mentioned above, I have a new Server, if anyone is interested in trying out my server for a few months feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy for you guys to check out my resources and UP TIME. on and my new Knoweldge base where you can help yourself or post support tickets...
As a matter a fact please tell me what you think of my KB Click here
I am still working on it but once its done it will be a good resource... for everyone.
Web Developer / Owner / Consultant
When starting your own business the need to "know-how" is greater than money!