Planning to have a build a website for your blog or business? With thousands of web companies competing, things can get pretty confusing quickly especially if you’re not a technical geek. One of the essential aspects of creating a website is web hosting.
A web hosting service is a form of Internet hosting service that enables individuals and businesses to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Websites are hosted or stored on a web server. If you need to reach a vast number of people online, you need to contact a web hosting service provider which offers technologies, like internet connectivity, file storage, bandwidth, and security needed for a website to be accessible.
Think of web hosting as buying a residential property
Some folks could afford to live in an apartment where they share the facilities with a lot of other tenants. Others could afford to pay for a townhouse, which is bigger, more flexible, and more private. Those who have the budget and the expansive knowledge with managing a home prefer a property that is completely theirs.
As for web hosting, web hosts provide space on a web server owned or leased for the use of clients, usually in a data center. The different types of web hosting vary in terms of how they are set up, the features they provide, the level of customization they offer, and the price.
To further expound on web hosting, let’s take a look at the different types of web hosting available and select the best fit for your budget, goals, and technical skill level.
- Shared Hosting
Shared is the most affordable form of web hosting where multiple websites utilize a single server.
As its term suggests, you share a portion of a web server with other users. It’s like paying rent to occupy an apartment. Like a standard apartment shared hosting comes with all the basics needed to run a site, including WordPress hosting, web builders, e-commerce, and e-mail.
The tradeoff is you share these “facilities” with many other tenants. That said, you have certain limitations on the total amount of server resources you can use. Whatever you do on your website could affect other websites running on the server. In the same way, the other site’s traffic volume and security practices can also affect you. Shared hosting limits the number of your visitors. If your website gets popular and receives lots of traffic, then the apartment manager may have to ask you to move elsewhere.
The main advantage of shared hosting apart from its affordability is there’s no technical maintenance that needs to be done on your end. It’s usually included in your hosting package. In a nutshell, shared hosting is a great place to start for website owners with a limited budget and those who are newbies.
- Virtual Private Servers (VPS) Hosting
If basic shared hosting is like an apartment, VPS seems more like a townhouse.
With VPS, your site lives in a partitioned server area that has its own storage, operating system, RAM, and monthly data transfer limits. Since you have your own reserved space within the larger shared environment, your site and the sites you share the server with are far less likely to affect each other. There are also fewer residences on every property when compared to shared hosting. That said, you can expect smoother and more stable site performance.
Your site won’t share resources with neighboring sites the way it would with basic shared hosting. Yes, you might share things like processor usage and web updates with others but VPS gives you more power and control over nearly everything inside your property. You can install whatever “furnishings” you like, such as music streaming software for running a radio show, assuming these fit in your space.
Technically speaking, VPS is both shared hosting and dedicated hosting; it mimics a dedicated server within a shared hosting environment. VPS is best fit for site owners who like the low-maintenance and low-cost perks for a shared server plus some of the power, stability, flexibility, and guaranteed resources of a dedicated server.
- Dedicated Servers Hosting
A dedicated server hosting refers to the exclusive use of a computer that includes a web server, related software, and internet connection, housed in the premises of the web hosting company.
Think of it as owning your own home. Your house, your rules. You don’t share the property with neighboring sites which could affect you. You can buy as many resource upgrades as you could afford. You can have as many visitors as you can have as long as you have the sufficient bandwidth from your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Compared to shared hosting and VPS, this form is the most powerful yet the most complex to manage. You should have an expansive knowledge in order to keep your website in shape. Dedicated server hosting is favored by big, established businesses with popular websites who implement their own security protocols, handle massive amounts of data, and handle high volumes of traffic.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is one of the daytime writers for Data Centre Plus, a firm that specializes in fully managed dedicated server hosting for businesses in the UK. She loves writing informative articles about digital marketing and tech trends.