It can be overwhelming when you first dive into the world of web hosting. With virtual private servers, co-hosting, managed hosting, dedicated hosting, and many more options to choose from it can be difficult to know you are getting just what you need. I would like this article to serve as a guide for new comers to the hosting space who are trying to understand the different types of web hosting services.
This post will examine each type of hosting solution, and layout advantages and disadvantages of each. Armed with this information I hope you can make the right choice about the hosting you need. If you are still unsure call our support team!
Types Of Web Hosting
SHARED WEB HOSTING
Shared web hosting is a lot like a big apartment building for many different websites. Each website has their own storage space, but the rest of the server resources such as CPU, and bandwidth are share among all of the sites on a server.
The great news here is that web hosts can reduce their costs by a large margin by putting many sites on one server. Not all of the sites will need 100% of the servers resources at the same time, so each site only uses what resources it needs.
The issues arise however when one site starts taking heavy traffic, or is subject to a DDoS attack. This will max out that sites resources, robbing computing power and bandwidth from other sites that live on that server.
This is where researching your web host is important. Some hosts just throw thousands of sites onto one server with little to no throttling of individual sites. It is important to make sure that your host offers you a specific speed and bandwidth that should be available to your site regardless of the other sites on the server.
That way, if some blog hosted alongside your site has a post that goes viral, your site will still be able to happily run along, as the other blog is hammered with traffic.
Virtual Private Server Hosting
A virtual private server is a lot like shared web hosting, however it comes with an added layer of privacy. Rather than paying for space on a web server, a virtual private server allows you to lease a virtual machine running inside a high-end datacenter.
Your VPS will still share the host server's resources with the other VPS instances running on that server, however the virtual machine is yours to customize as you please. This gives you a great deal more flexibility and access. Rather than configuring just the web server program such as Apache or Nginx, you actually have complete control over the entire server itself.
Dedicated Server Hosting
Finally, a dedicated server gives you the ultimate control, freedom, and customization you need. Since you are in effect leasing an entire server the price tag on a dedicated server is much higher than some of the shared/virtual solutions.
When renting a dedicated server, you are assigned a physical server computing along in a datacenter somewhere. Typically you will have control over the operating system, all software installed, and sometimes even the Internet service provider. In effect you have your own server running in a datacenter somewhere.
If you're application demands the highest levels of security, customization, and reliability then a dedicated server is the way to go.
Although it can be overwhelming when you are selecting a hosting package for your site, understanding the different types of hosting will help you make an informed decision.
Which types of hosting are you currently using? Leave a comment below and see what others are using!