When setting up a new website, you must consider what kind of hosting you want your site to use. There are many kinds of web hosting servers offered in the industry. The main three well-known options are Shared Hosting, VPS, and Dedicated Hosting. What do these mean? How do you choose what’s best for you? It can be confusing and frustrating, especially for those just starting out in the world of websites.
What Kinds Of Web Hosting Servers Are There?
With this option, your website’s hosting resources, such as RAM and CPU, are shared with other website’s also being hosted on the same server.
It is a great option for smaller website’s just getting started and will not need to utilize much of the server’s resources. Perfect for small businesses or blogging websites.
This hosting option typically costs less, but also runs the possibility of poorer performance as the sites start getting larger or more traffic.
Virtual Private Server Hosting (VPS)
VPS hosting is when one physical server is split off into multiple virtual servers. Each VPS is dedicated to one domain, but many of those VPS’s operate off of one shared physical server.
This option give’s the website owner more control, but since the physical server is still shared this option can still have issues if the site has high traffic levels or usage spikes. With this option, other site’s on the physical server can also still cause performance issues to your own site.
This option is good for those who want the cost benefit of shared hosting as well as the more advanced control of the dedicated hosting.
This option offers the most control of the hosting server that the domain is stored on. With this option, the server only stores your website and you get access to the full root and admin access. You also get full control including security and operating systems.
Dedicated Hosting gives the site owner full control and a better performing server, which becomes very beneficial when your site starts facing higher traffic and usage levels. That being said, with how beneficial Dedicated Hosting is, it is typical the most expensive option in web hosting servers.
Deciding on Your Hosting
Overall, your choice in a web hosting server depends on your needs. What is the goal of your website? How much traffic do you anticipate having? How much traffic do you already have? What kind of site will it be? Will it be a business site? Will it be for fun or blogging?
If you are putting together a simple hobby or blogging site, and aren’t wanting to spend a lot, Shared Hosting is a great option. If you are needing a bit more control, but don’t want to break the bank, VPS Hosting makes a great option. It works perfect for mid-size businesses, trying to expand but not financial ready to make the jump to the dedicated option. Meanwhile, if it is in your budget and you have a highly trafficked website that many customers interact with, it is definitely worth it to go with the Dedicated Hosting option.
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