The internet technology has become widespread to the extent of becoming indispensable in the developed social life of modern citizens. Website creation, development, and hosting are also becoming increasingly common because of the availability of internet which has given way to ecommerce and online transactions globally.
You may have started out and outgrown your shared server some time back and looking for a dedicated host. If your experience with systems administration is limited then bear in mind the following things you must know to handle your dedicated server.
1. Operating System
You must know how to install and update your operating system. Configurations, performance of security checks, log checks, and audits, and also the regular maintenance of OS are important points to look for in your dedicated server. You may opt for managed dedicated server or use third part administration to handle technical details.
2. Web Server:
Although your control panel will be handling your web server functions, it would be good if you are able to perform security checks as well as know how to add more websites on your dedicated server.
3. Server Database
Although your control panel will handle this task as well, you should know data backup process so as to know how your data will be retrieved in case of system failure. The process of importing and exporting databases should also be in your knowledge.
4. Programming Languages
You must have one or two programming languages in mind and already have them installed before resorting to your dedicated server host. Try to get them installed professionally with third parties so that you know which one is really best for your business as well as website needs.
5. Control Panels
It’s up to you how much of control panel features you use. Control panel is easy for those with little or no knowledge of web servers. Most servers have preinstalled control panel and you just need to get familiar with it so you can navigate through the controls easily and to your best advantage.
6. Security Software
You must have secure server with a proper anti-virus suite to protect your website from hackers. A software firewall to prevent external threats is the best option alongwith an anti-virus. You should yourself run a security audit in your website. You will be apprised of the need for additional security precautions in this way. Online transactions are confidential and you want your customers to trust you with their data.
7. Backup Software
You must order a backup solution from your dedicated host. There is no justification from your host for not having one. Once you get it you should configure it according to how often you update your website. Also in case of server crash, parallel servers should be available to take up the task without any downtime. At least 99.9% server uptime should be guaranteed.
8. Customer Support
This may not be a tool as those listed above, but in case any tool fails you definitely would be resorting to this part so that you get your site in order, in case any of the tools above falter.