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The Different Types of Web Hosting: Benefits And Drawbacks

Published on 28 June 18
Are you looking for a place to house your beloved website but baffled with the different types of hosting options? If yes, then you are at the right place.

If you’re a novice, finding the right web hosting service can be a daunting job for you. Therefore, in today’s post, we will talk about different types of web hosting services their benefits and drawbacks. The aim of this blog is to help you choose an appropriate web hosting service that meets your requirements perfectly. So let’s begin it.
1. Shared Hosting
This hosting is exactly what it sounds like. Shared hosting divides dedicated server resources with a number of users. When you opt a shared hosting service, your site is placed on the same server as a bunch of other sites.

One of the major benefits of shared hosting is that along with resources, you also share the price of servers with many people. That’s why it is the most affordable hosting solution available. You can buy a shared hosting plan for as cheap as $2/mo. It seems a great option for startups and small businesses with the limited funds.

Sharing the server with multiple users means you will get limited disk space, CPU speed, and RAM.

2. VPS Hosting
It would not be wrong to say that it is the next level shared hosting. Stands for Virtual Private Server, VPS hosting offers a dedicated server within a shared hosting environment. It is still a shared environment but set up in a different way.

VPS hosting is more flexible in comparison to shared hosting. It lets you customize hosting environment as per your needs which is not possible in aforementioned as it will alter everyone’s setup. Since VPS runs on a virtual machine the traffic or activities of other VPS customers will not affect your activity.

There isn't any noticeable downside of VPS hosting, but since it quite expensive than shared hosting, it would be difficult for you to pay the cost if you’re running on a tight budget.

Also, you should have some knowledge on running your own server since all the hard work with setting it up will lie on your shoulders.

3. Dedicated Hosting
Dedicated hosting is designed to provide robust features. It offers you a server all for yourself along with a complete administrative access. The good thing is that each server has a unique IP address. If you expect a lot of traffic from your site, it might be a good hosting solution for you.

Dedicated hosting is quite different from all the web hosting services we discussed above. Its biggest benefit is that it guarantees maximum uptime. In comparison to VPS and shared hosting, it ensures more reliability and stability. Moreover, since your site is hosted on a dedicated server and you are not sharing space with any malicious site, there is very little chance for any security threat. But it also means that you should know how to

Another advantage is that it lets you customize your server. You can customize RAM, disk space, CPU and software as per your needs.

Again it is an expensive option. Its basic plan starts at as low as $60 for a month and goes up to $400/mo. Additionally, it is not a novice-friendly. To work with this, you must have a basic knowledge of server technology.

4. Cloud Hosting
Many hosting experts are seeing it as the future of web hosting. Indeed, it is the similar service as VPS in which your site is hosted on a virtual machine. Nevertheless, instead of a single physical server, your site will be the part of a big network of computers.

With cloud hosting, you can scale up your resources as per your needs. We see the same feature with VPS hosting, but that is limited to a certain point. Cloud hosting amalgamates different computers into a robust server that can then offer its services on a requirement basis.

The major drawback that we notice is that cost is not fully predictable always. We see, most providers charge with a mix of fixed pricing and charges based on the usage. In case you get high traffic, it can increase your cost greatly.

Final Words
Choosing the right hosting type can be quite daunting as it requires a lot of consideration. However, your very first step should be understanding the different types of hosting.

Nowadays almost all the big hosting providers have different types of hosting. So it means that choosing a suitable type is only one step closer to your way of creating a blog or a website. Your next step will be choosing a web hosting. We can advice you to read comparisons and reviews. Because everything is relative. For example this comparison of two giants in web hosting industry SiteGround vs Hostgator can help you understand what a good hosting actually means.

We hope this post has given you at least a basic background in your long journey.
This blog is listed under Cloud Computing , Data Centre Management and Server & Storage Management Community

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