Different types of Web Hosting

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Hi! In a previous post, we talked a bit about the concept of web hosting. So, we know that a provider is an essential element of this service. Moreover, they offer different types of plans, according to the customer’s needs. Whether it is a simple personal blog or a big online business. Well, a general advice is to start with simple plans. And as the site’s traffic increases, then switch to more complex plans. In today’s post, we will see what are the different types of web hosting.

Shared hosting.

This type of plan is a common option for most hosting needs. In fact, it is an excellent solution for most small businesses and personal blogs. As the name implies, it involves sharing a server with other customers. In addition, the websites share resources. That is, ram memory, computing power, disk space and others.

Advantages:

  • Low cost, perfect for small business websites
  • No specific technical knowledge required
  • Pre-configured server
  • Easy to use control panel
  • Server maintenance and administration is done by the provider

Disadvantages:

  • Little or no control over server configuration.
  • Traffic surges on other websites can slow down your site.

VPS hosting

When using a Virtual Private Server or VPS, you still share a server with other users. However, the provider assigns a separate partition to your website. Therefore, the customer gets a dedicated server space and a reserved amount of resources and memory. Consequently, VPS hosting is excellent for medium-sized businesses with a rapidly growing number of websites and traffic.

Advantages:

  • Dedicated server space
  • Traffic increases on other web sites do not affect performance.
  • Root access to the server
  • Easily scalable and highly customizable

Disadvantages:

  • More expensive than other types of host
  • User requires technical and server administration skills

Cloud hosting

It is currently considered one of the most reliable options. Since the provider offers a group of servers. Consequently, files and resources are replicated on each server. Therefore, if a server is busy or in trouble, then traffic is automatically routed to another server in the cluster. Therefore downtime is almost non-existent. Which is very advantageous for busy web sites.

Advantages:

  • Little or no downtime
  • Server failures do not affect your site
  • Allocate resources on demand
  • Pay on demand
  • More scalable than other types of hosting

Disadvantages:

  • Costs are difficult to estimate
  • Root access is not always provided

WordPress hosting

This is a special form of shared hosting, created for WordPress site owners. In effect, the server is configured specifically for WordPress. So the site comes with pre-installed plugins for specific tasks. Being optimized, the site loads faster and without problems. In addition, most of the time these plans include additional features related to WP. For example, themes, templates and development tools.

Advantages:

  • Low cost and suitable for beginners
  • One-click WordPress installation
  • Good performance for WordPress sites
  • Customer support team trained on WordPress issues
  • Pre-installed WordPress templates and plugins

Disadvantages:

  • Recommended for WordPress sites only. Therefore, it does not work well if you want to host more than one website on the server.

Dedicated server

A web host with dedicated server implies its own physical server dedicated exclusively for the web site. Therefore, it provides greater flexibility in managing the web site. It is possible to configure the server according to the user’s taste. For example, it is possible to choose the operating system and the software to be used. It is also possible to configure the server environment according to the customer’s needs. This alternative is similar to managing the server locally. But with the advantage of the professional support provided by the provider. Generally, it is geared towards large online companies that deal with heavy traffic.

Advantages:

  • Full control over server configuration
  • High reliability and security options
  • Root access to your server

Disadvantages:

  • High cost, more oriented to larger enterprises
  • Technical and server administration knowledge required

Finally we have seen the types of web hosting. As you can see, there are different options oriented according to the customer’s needs. In the next installments, we will go deeper into the subject. Bye!

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