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Different types of web hosting
Do you need a place to house your website but are confused by the different types of web hosting? Then you have come to the right place.
Finding the right web host for yourself is not easy. There are lots of factors to take into account. Even if you have gone through our list of best web hosting, you might still be stuck with some question marks as to which kind of website is the right one for you.
To help you with that, this post will give you a primer on what is web hosting and what kinds of web hosting are available. After that, we will discuss the different types of web hosting in detail including how they work, pros and cons and who they are best suited for.
Ready? Then let’s get started.
What Different Types of Web Hosting Exist?
Web hosting is more than one thing. First of all, most hosts offer multiple service packages which may be wildly different in terms of price and what you get for it.
However, one of the first and most basic decisions you have to make is to decide for one the different types of hosting.
While there are different ways to distinguish web hosting offers (features, level of management), the most basic ways is to look at the technology used for the server.
This makes sense because, as you will see below, that part also determines a lot of other factors like performance, security, scalability and level of effort on your side.
Because this makes such a difference, instead of looking at companies and prices first, you are better off focusing first on figuring out which of the different types of web hosting is the right kind for you. After that, you can still look at what’s available.
In the following we will closely examine four of the most common types of hosting: shared, VPS, dedicated and cloud hosting. So you know how to make the decision for yourself.
1. Shared Hosting – Best for Beginners
Shared hosting is exactly what it sounds like. With a shared hosting account, your site is located on the same server as a bunch of other websites.
How many are a bunch? That really depends on your setup and hosting provider. However, it’s not uncommon for a site to room with hundreds and even thousands of others.
2. VPS Hosting – Next-level Shared Hosting
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It is the most well-balanced among the different types of web hosting. A VPS server is still a shared environment, but the way it is set up is very dissimilar.
While all sites on VPS share one physical server, it houses multiple, separate virtual machines. This makes it sort of a middle ground between shared hosting and getting your own dedicated server.
3. Dedicated Hosting – For the Big Leagues
AS the name already suggests, dedicated hosting simply means this: you have a server all for yourself. This provides a host of benefits but also comes with quite a few downsides.
4. Cloud Hosting – The Future of Web Hosting
Cloud hosting is essentially the same as VPS hosting in that you also have your site on a virtual machine.
However, instead of one physical server, your site is part of a whole network of computers from which it can pull all the power it needs dynamically.
This type of setup is becoming more commonplace. Some companies don’t even call their service VPS anymore, the say Cloud or Cloud VPS.