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Types Of Webhosting I Used To Get Confused With – Part one
This article illustrates the different types of hosting available and briefly touches on the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide which one works best for your website.
What is web hosting?
Web hosting allows the files that a website comprises to be viewed online. This is done when a hosting provider shares or dedicates space on a web server for the website to store its files. With standard web hosting, you’ll be storing your website’s files on a single server. The amount of space allocated on the server depends on the type of web hosting.
Factors to consider before picking a web hosting service
– the size of your website,
– expected site traffic
– your level of technical expertise.
The common types of web hosting are shared, dedicated, VPS and cloud hosting.
1. Shared hosting
Shared hosting services
With shared hosting, website owners pay for a set amount of storage space within a single server. That single server is divided along with numerous other sites. This is currently the most popular option because it is the cheapest and ideal for beginners looking for the quickest solution to getting the website live.
Cost-effective: You pay only for the portion of the shared server you’re using.
Round-the-clock supervision: Majority of the shared hosting plans available include 24-hour supervision, maintenance and support. With the number of websites relying on a single server, it is essential you choose a shared plan that provides this otherwise if the server malfunctions, your website will pay the price..
Shared assets: Sharing assets with other websites mean sudden surges of activity in those websites may cause interruptions and issues within your own website.
Unsecure: Security and data breaches in those other websites or within the server itself may also affect your website.
What we think: Due to these factors, shared hosting plans are mostly used by websites that are just starting up or have low traffic. If you’re a startup or in a heavily specialized industry that doesn’t require heavy site traffic, this might be the most viable option for you.
2. VPS hosting
VPS hosting services
A VPS hosting arrangement still has you sharing a single server with other websites. But the key difference is that your portion of the server is separated from the others. This ensures that the resources your website uses remain yours.
With this setup, you don’t have to worry about the traffic from other websites affecting your website performance. This is great if you notice your website traffic is growing. But in the unfortunate event that the server goes down, your website along with the other websites hosted on the same server will be affected.
Partitioned resources: This allows you to rest easy knowing that the overloading of websites within your shared server won’t affect your website’s performance.
More assets: Since fewer websites share the same server, your website is allocated more resources compared to a shared hosting plan.
Security: Due to your server assets being partitioned, there is a lesser chance for your website to be affected by security breaches.
Less control over your server: Since VPS hosting plans still require you to share your server with other websites, you have significantly less control over how it’s maintained.
Heavier price: Since there are fewer websites sharing the one server compared to shared hosting plans, it results in you shelling out a little more cash.
What we think: If you have a website that’s regularly exceeding the resources of shared hosting plans, but don’t have the need for a dedicated server, then this type of hosting is the one for you.
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