“The beginning is the most important part of the work”, said Plato.
And hosting is one among those. We all know what is web hosting! But important is to select an appropriate hosting, which is like providing a robust foundation to your building. Going wrong here means you should be ready to face troubles in the upcoming times. You must agree with us if you already have a functional website; you have experienced the things!
We are not talking about the hosting companies and hosting plans. That’s a different story, and your decision will depend on the type of hosting you pick. And that’s what we are going to see in this piece of content.
Well, do you know how many types of web hosting are available for you to select?
No worries, even if you don’t.
Read this blog post till the last word to know the same. Also, by the end, you will get an answer to the question ‘what type of hosting do I need’? Let’s begin.
There are various types of hosting services. And no doubt, they all are meant to serve different needs. Thus, before you take a final call, it would be better to explore each of them and check their appropriateness.
So, what is shared hosting? Well, you must have got some idea about it by looking at the name!
Basically, a shared hosting service is a hosting arrangement wherein you share the server space with other users. Here, several websites are hosted on a single server; you can buy a limited space for your website for a particular sum. It is the most common option when it comes to hosting as it offers ease to users.
Is shared hosting right for me?
Yes, if you are a new entrant, don’t have much traffic on your website, or have a light-duty website that doesn’t demand much storage space. Shared hosting is popular among freelancers and small businesses. Being shared, it’s a budget-friendly option. Moreover, it’s easy to start with this; no technical knowledge needed. The service provider takes care of your needs.
Don’t go with shared hosting if you are expecting a massive surge in traffic shortly or you want complete control over the performance. Also, in this, you might have to face load-time issues due to increased traffic on other websites on your server. Furthermore, security can be a concern.
It’s a type of web hosting that provides a dedicated server to you. That means your website is the only one on a particular server; no sharing. With this kind of server, you have total control over the performance and server settings. Also, you enjoy the much-needed benefits – higher uptime and quick load-time. And all such things make dedicated hosting a costly affair.
Who can use dedicated hosting?
Big companies having heavy-duty websites and getting a large number of visitors can choose dedicated hosting. Also, it demands a bit of technical knowledge, so those choosing it should be ready to allot resources for that. It is perfect for those who desire to have a very secure server.
An innovative solution in the web hosting arena! Contrary to the traditional hosting arrangement where you have a single server to host your website, cloud hosting has a network of servers. These servers are interconnected to form a cluster. As soon as one server goes down, there is a backup available to you. And this way, cloud hosting keeps your website up and running, almost throughout.
For whom cloud hosting works the best?
Want no downtime? Go for cloud hosting as it hardly lets your website go down. It’s a good option for medium to large scale companies. Plus, those seeing a continuous increase in the number of visitors can choose cloud hosting as it allows you to add resources easily, whenever you want.
It’s an advanced form of shared hosting. In the case of VPS (Virtual Private Server), you get a dedicated space within a shared arrangement on a single server (the primary server). So, you enjoy a kind of private hosting facility even being on the shared server because you are not sharing the resources (space, etc.) with other websites. This system eliminates the disadvantage of getting affected in terms of website speed or other performance issues due to the rising load on other websites on your server. VPS permits you to customize the server configuration.
Can I choose VPS?
VPS is made to serve the requirements of a bit complex website as well.
If you want to overcome the shortfalls of shared hosting without investing a heavy amount in dedicated hosting, then pick VPS for hosting your website.
Managed hosting or managed dedicated hosting service provides you with a dedicated server with a complete setup. Hence, with this, neither you need technical knowledge, nor, you have to allocate resources for managing and monitoring hosting-related activities. The managed hosting service provider will handle all the technical and administrative tasks, including routine work.
Is managed hosting a suitable option for me?
If you want a top-class hosting service but don’t want your technical team to get involved in this stuff, select managed hosting. Undoubtedly, you will have to shell out more money but not time.
In this setup, you are the one to own the server and other hardware & software but take the space for the storage of the same on the lease from a highly secure data centre (colocation hosting provider). The service provider is responsible for giving the right environment – like power, temperature, security and bandwidth.
Who should go for colocation hosting?
Ones who have the hardware and software but not the right environment for storage should go for this service.
That’s all about the types of hosting and their fitness as per business needs.
Which of those do you find appropriate for your business? If you already have a hosting plan and facing issues, let us know in the comments.