As you might guess, there is no perfect hosting type, but you can choose the one that meets your needs.
(Each hosting option is designed to offers best options for specific business). You will have to choose the hosting option that best meets your business needs.) Different types of hosting have different features and are available at different prices. Time to learn about them and choose the right web host for your business.
1. Shared Hosting
If you go with this option your website will share the same server with other sites. Sometimes the server hosts just a few sites, but in most cases shared hosting means hundreds of sites placed on the same server and your site will not be a priority. While this type of hosting is quite affordable, it’s quite basic and has some limitations. For example, it’s not that flexible when it comes to customization and updates. This type of hosting might be an option for small business websites and blogs which get several thousand visitors per day. If your website gets more traffic, we’d advise you to reconsider your hosting plan. Still, shared hosting works well for small websites like personal blogs, resume websites, landing pages, etc. If you only need basic features, why should you pay more for the features you might never need?
2. VPS (Virtual Private Server)
Virtual Private Server reminds resembles shared hosting, but at the same time there is a significant difference between the two. When you choose VPS, your website is still placed on the same server as other sites, but at the same time a certain part of the server is meant dedicated for your website only (and it is not shared with any other website). As a result you have more options for customization, setup and security. With Virtual Private Server you get more storage space. Also, your website loads faster and can handle a larger amount of traffic. Finally, these servers are easier to upgrade because the changes are done virtually without the need to physically upgrade the hardware. VPS costs more than shared hosting, but it is much more flexible comparing to shared hosting. In short, this type of hosting is good for medium size websites and sometimes even large websites.
If you want to have the entire physical server dedicated to your website, then dedicated hosting service is just for you. It gives you complete control over your setup, however you don’t own the hardware, you rent it. Collocated server is a similar option, but it’s not the same as a dedicated server. The main difference between these options is who owns the server. When you go with a dedicated server you use the server that belongs to the company which provides hosting services. As for a collocated server, it is owned by you (the user). Simply put, choose a dedicated server when you want to rent the server or choose a collocated server when you want to rent the space to house your own server. The good thing is that the resources of the physical server are all yours, but the challenge is that these resources are not unlimited and in case you need more storage or memory you’ll have to pay for it and wait for it to be installed. Such servers are most likely used in situations that require specialized setups or physical separation for security and compliance reasons. Also, dedicated and collocated servers are recommended to websites with high traffic.
4. Cloud Hosting
Cloud hosting differs from the above mentioned types of hosting. It ensures brand new, extremely powerful and highly customizable hosting. But what is cloud hosting about? It emerges when many servers are combined into a massive pool of resources which is called a “cloud”. By the way, the servers are not necessarily located in the same data center which results in data decentralization. It should be mentioned that cloud hosting is not that easy to predict when it comes to price, but be sure, with this type of hosting you will only pay for the resources you use. This seems to be a nice alternative to paying a fixed amount each month for an amount you may never even reach. With cloud hosting you can easily order more server space just when you need it and you’ll only pay for what you’ve ordered. This option could be good for medium size businesses or large enterprises. However, to use this option you should have advanced technical knowledge. You should also keep in mind that there are a few opinions on whether cloud hosting is reliable or not. Some experts say cloud hosting is very reliable because other servers in the cloud can compensate when something goes wrong with one server. At the same time there are some other experts who insist that cloud hosting is potentially insecure because your servers are hosted in virtual space, meaning they might be affected by cyber-attacks. So we would highly recommend you to take a closer look at cloud hosting before choosing it for your project.
5. Custom Hosting Solutions
Now you know the most common types of web hosting. If neither of them is suitable for your website, then you probably need a custom solution. In this case you’ll have to find a trusted hosting provider which can build custom designed servers for your specific needs. This service is quite expensive, but it could be a solution for websites with huge amounts of traffic and data. Custom hosting solutions are mainly used by popular social networks or online service providers.
Choosing the right web hosting service is one of the most crucial steps in building a website and we hope that the information you’ve just read will help you in your decision making process. As you can see, each type of hosting has it’s own peculiarities. We believe there is no need to order the most feature-rich hosting if you only need basic features; at the same time you should not go for a more affordable hosting service if you expect millions of visitors a day. So first of all, think about your hosting needs (speed and performance, uptime, backup, support, security) because transferring a website from one hosting provider to another takes valuable time and effort. And don’t forget to think a few years ahead as you’re building a website for years to come. Choose the hosting that meets your requirements and let your website be successful.