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hey I was wondering what dedicated servers are used for? you know stuff from hosting websites like host gator has dedicatedservers

isnt that the same as hosting a website on that server?
 
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ISP's usually cram a couple (or a couple hundred) web sites onto a single server. This is possible because the average web site doesn't get much traffic. This makes sense for the ISP because they have less hardware to maintain and less expenses ( licenses, electricity, admin overhead).
If one has a particularly popular site, then one can purchase a dedicated server, which means one's web site is the only one hosted on a particular physical server. This is, of course, significantly more expensive than a shared server.
 
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