I am sure you would have come across the terms Shared hosting, VPS, Dedicated hosting etc while visiting a web hosting provider website
And let me tell you
These terms would surely have brought in a confusion to your mind on which type of server solution to choose for hosting your blog/website as well as what is the difference between these server solutions.
Through this article I will help you clear your confusion by explaining to you what are these different types of web hosting services as well as provide you a brief idea on which Web hosting solution to choose for launching your website/blog.
Types of Web Hosting
Shared Web Hosting
Shared Web Hosting is the best option to select if you are just beginning to launch your website or blog and expect only low traffic to your website initially.
Shared Web Hosting as the name suggests uses shared resources, that means the server used for hosting your website will be used for hosting other websites, but you don’t need to worry that users will come to know that you are hosted on a shared server, you will have all the capabilities such as C-panel, hosting your domains, data storage provision etc. it’s just that you are using shared resources.
The main attraction of Shared Web Hosting is that it is the cheapest among all other web hosting services and as mentioned above can satisfy your hosting requirements if you are just starting of and expect low traffic. You can avail shared hosting servers from hosting providers at a cost as low as 2.5 $/ month.
The main disadvantage of Shared hosting is that there can be performance issues since the server is used for hosting many other websites and if any one of the hosted websites have high traffic it can affect the performance of your website and also there can be security issues as the website is hosted on a shared environment, security related bugs are common.
One other point I would like to mention is that the shared hosting service is mainly managed by the hosting companies and you won’t have certain freedom such as root access, changing certain settings on server etc this may not be required if you are a beginner.
Virtual Private Server (VPS)
Virtual private server is the next level in terms of performance compared to a shared web hosting service
A virtual private server is a set of virtual servers created in one physical server and once you purchase a VPS plan from an hosting company a virtual server will be allocated for you.
With the virtual private server you have greater freedom in fine tuning the server. You will get root access whereby you can install, uninstall files in the server as well as customize the server the server according to your requirement to a great deal.
The performance of a VPS is much better than a shared web hosting service as well as it is much more secure.
Web hosting companies mainly provide Managed VPS & UnManaged VPS service, if you don’t have an in house server administrator it is best to opt the managed VPS whereby the hosting companies will conduct all maintenance and other software updates.
While choosing a VPS provider look into the features mentioned below while comparing different VPS solutions
- Bandwidth (monthly allocation)
- Storage Space provided
- Processor speed
- Capacity of RAM
- Is C-Panel Provided
Dedicated Server Hosting
Dedicated server hosting provides you with an exclusive dedicated server for your hosting purpose.
Dedicated servers are much costlier than VPS and are mainly used by businesses or personnel’s who have high traffic to their website
The dedicated servers performance levels are much higher than VPS since the server is used only for hosting your own website and none of its resources are used in a shared environment.
Dedicated servers come with SLA (Service level Agreement) with 99.9% uptime and provide you control over the server with root access as well as the ability to install high level security applications.
Keep in mind the following factors while choosing & comparing dedicated hosting plans
- Bandwidth ( Monthly Allocation)
- Processor Speed
- RAM (Higher the capacity better it is )
- 24/7 Technical support
- Managed/Unmanaged Service
- Storage Capacity
Choosing the right hosting plan for your website or blog will help you in increasing the performance of your website or blog as well as give you freedom to focus on other aspects of your website or blogs. I hope the information mentioned above has given you a clear picture of the types of web hosting. Please feel free to comment below if you have any queries will respond to your queries ASAP.
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