Different Types of Web Hosting

Do you need an online presence for your business? Then you should need a domain name and Web Hosting account.

You could be thinking that I have a domain name but Why I need hosting?  Here I will show you What is Web Hosting and its different types of web hosting one by one?

What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is a physical server which can be used to store your web site files, documents, HTML, CSS files, and images on the remote server. Your site visitors can access those files or images using a domain name, which is a name that represents your company or organization on the internet.

Web Hosting

Hosting provider is a company which gives you physical server or disc space on their special computer. You can place or upload your website files using an exclusive authentication given by hosting provider.

The servers located anywhere in the world your visitors can access your files using a domain name or web address. Your computer or server has connected to an uninterrupted internet connection which helps your visitors see your website without a down time.

Different Types of Web Hosting Packages

Different Types of Web Hosting

Here I will share you four different types of web hosting plans. Those are shared hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Server and Cloud Hosting.

I will show one by one with little more details.

Shared Hosting

Here I will explain about shared hosting with a help of apartment building. The apartment contains hundreds of homes and each home is in the same building. Each home shares resources like water, pool, parking ground, and playground with each house mates. That’s why apartment resident is cheaper than a condo.

Most small business owners use shared hosting packages because shared hosting is cheap and affordable. When you choose this shared hosting plan your website will be hosted on a server, which contains thousands of website already on the same server.

Each website on the hosting shares server resources with each other. The server resources are Disk space, Processor, RAM and the internet.  In a traffic spike time few website use 75% of the server resources. This will lead to down time and slow page loading for other websites on the particular server.

Another biggest problem in shared hosting is a security problem. Your website is may be hosted by spam sites. Due to this your site is vulnerable to hacking attacks.

VPS Hosting

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. VPS server is suitable for companies which already have a good amount of traffic or established brands.

VPS server looks similar to owning a condo. In a condo, you still share a resident with few users. The Resident is owned by you, therefore, you have a full control over your allotted resources like water, parking pool and playing ground.

On the VPS you share a server with few users. You can’t share your allotted server resources with anyone. This is the main difference between VPS and shared hosting.

Therefore VPS gives you more processing power and reliability. VPS has a better security compared to shared hosting.

Dedicated Server

The dedicated server is used for a single purpose or single organization. You can customize dedicated server based on your retirement and here you can be allowed to access route level.  You can install any software on your dedicated server.

The dedicated server looks like a owning a house. In your house, you have not shared resources like water and parking space with anyone.

If you not sure about dedicated server means then you could choose VPS server to host your website. You need dedicated server when your website traffic should have 35 million hits per day.

You can setup dedicated server in your organization or buy from third party providers.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting is more powerful than dedicated servers. Because cloud hosting handles high traffic easily well during traffic spike times. In those spike times, two or more servers share resources like CPU, bandwidth, and memory to handle your website traffic on the cloud network.

Because of Cloud Hosting mostly your website will not down. In case if any malfunction occurs on any of the servers on the cloud network. They automatically assign another server to handle your website traffic.

Real-time Cloud Hosting Example

You know FaceBook is the worlds biggest social network. They have a 2 billion users actively using Facebook on each month.  You could not see Facebook down time because they have placed cloud servers around the world.

If any malfunction occurs on anyone of the server they automatically share the traffic to near to that servers temporarily. Because of this, we don’t see FaceBook server down time.

Conclusion

Choosing a hosting package is a really difficult process especially if you are a beginner to hosting field. You need some time to understand what is mean by shared, VPS, Dedicated and Cloud hosting.

Initially, I recommend Shared hosting plan for to host a site or blog. Because you will get a hands on experience with cheap price.

I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any questions, leave a comment below.

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Prabhu Ganesan has provided his Web development and SEO services independently. He is Co-founder of Webicle Media and WPBlogX. He is very much involved in WordPress as it becomes a second nature for him. Find him on twitter @gprabhucbe

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