Dedicated Server Possibilities

I recently read a thread on a very popular web hosting forum where the OP (original poster) asked if there existed some sort of e-book or publication that listed all of the types of things one could use a dedicated server for, but unfortunately that doesn’t exist. This infographic lists some of the possibilities, but there are countless others.

WordPress Server

WordPress publishes server recommendations for web hosting providers so that their sites will run with minimum issues. At this time, they’re recommending

  • PHP version 7 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.0 or greater
  • HTTPS support

They also recommend Apache or Nginx, but any server that supports PHP and MySQL will suffice. They do publish a list of providers that comply with those recommendations, but they’ve only tested a handful of providers. There are literally thousands of providers that support WordPress installations worldwide.

Forum Server

Forums like vBulletin and Xenforo are very popular. Online communities that are built and grown using these softwares can quickly overload shared and VPS platforms.

Per vBulletin –

System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

vBulletin is a web-based application and as such has a few minimum requirements. To run vBulletin, you need a web hosting provider that includes the following things:

  • PHP version 5.5.0 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.1.5 or greater
  • A pre-registered domain name
  • 1 Gigabyte of hard drive space
  • Rewrite Engine – A rewrite engine is needed for vBulletin’s Friendly URL routing to work. Popular rewrite engines include mod_rewrite on Apache and “URL Rewrite” for IIS 7 or greater.

Most hosting providers have already installed these applications on their servers. With the above requirements met, vBulletin software will run on any operating system using modern web server software.

Recommended Requirements

The following settings and software packages are not required but will make your vBulletin experience more enjoyable. Your hosting provider can tell you whether these are available on your server.

  • PHP 7.x or greater
  • MySQL 5.5 or greater.
  • cURL or OpenSSL support – Allows secure connections to third-party services like Facebook Connect.
  • MySQLi support – MySQLi is a more robust software library to connect to the database that vBulletin uses.
  • Iconv support – A library that provides extra language and character set support.
  • OpCode Cache – An OpCode Cache like APC or XCache will enhance the performance of your vBulletin software. An OpCode Cache is a caching mechanism that can significantly increase the performance of vBulletin by pre-parsing the PHP files and keeping commonly used data in memory for rapid retrieval.

Development Server

You’ve probably seen the term development server a few times, but what is it, really? Well, it’s a specific type of server that is engineered to help with the development and testing of a wide variety of websites, software, programs or applications. They’re often used by software programmers in a run-time environment, and are useful in program debugging and development.

Application Server

According to JavaWorld

An application server exposes business logic to client applications through various protocols, possibly including HTTP. While a Web server mainly deals with sending HTML for display in a Web browser, an application server provides access to business logic for use by client application programs. The application program can use this logic just as it would call a method on an object (or a function in the procedural world).

Such application server clients can include GUIs (graphical user interface) running on a PC, a Web server, or even other application servers. The information traveling back and forth between an application server and its client is not restricted to simple display markup. Instead, the information is program logic. Since the logic takes the form of data and method calls and not static HTML, the client can employ the exposed business logic however it wants.

Game Server

We’ve actually posted an excellent article on our blog entitled, “The difference between game servers and regular dedicated servers.” It’s a great read written by Rounak Jain.

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