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I am thinking about renting a server. The problem is, there aren't just "servers", like one would build at home, there are game servers, web servers, etc.

Now the first question would be: can I rent a combined web and game server? Because if that's possible, I did not find anything on the internet about such service.

If I would need a separate web server, that's still okay, but then there are some other problems about the game server part. Normal hosting services may give you the possibility to host a server for a certain game, like Minecraft. But that's it. No switching options, just ONE type of server. And if you want another type of game server, rent another one. But I would need to switch between several games.

Also, normally you get some kind of interface to interact with the server. I don't like that method either, because I sometimes need more control over things I can't control in the control panels there.

I would really like to just host a server at home, but my bandwidth kind of kills that dream.

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A server is defined by what is installed on it. There are "game servers" and "web servers" because they come with the correct software pre-installed and pre-configured.

There is no reason that you couldn't get a server "like one would build at home" and install and manage your own software on it. Such a beast is usually referred to as a "virtual private server" (VPS) or a "dedicated server". With a VPS, you share a physical machine with other users and you get a virtual box. A dedicated server is more expensive, but it is an actual machine to which you have full access.

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Thanks for the info so far and the edit. I think a VPS would suffice for my purpose then. I don't think i need a completely separate dedicated server. And it looks like they aren't that expensive either –  Neicul Jan 24 at 9:32

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