Choosing the Right Type of Web Hosting

hostingr365What many business startups fail to realise is that buying a domain name is just the first piece of their online puzzle, having web hosting is just as necessary in order to get started. Choosing the right type of web hosting can be very confusing, especially if you’re not sure what you are looking for.

When choosing a web hosting package it is important that you first consider what your needs are. Web hosting can be narrowed down into three main categories; Shared Hosting, Dedicated Server Hosting and Virtual Private Server Hosting (VPS).  Read on to find out more about each type of Web Hosting.

•    Shared Hosting – your website is hosted on a server that is set up to host multiple sites. The shared hosting platform is managed by the provider, all you need to think about is creating your website.

•    Dedicated Server Hosting (Managed & Unmanaged) – your own personal server with your own unique hosting space, server hardware and software, housed in a fully equipped data centre. Your server is either administered and maintained by a team of trained technicians (managed) or taken care of by you, the customer (unmanaged).

•    Virtual Private Server Hosting (VPS) – is a single physical server, partitioned to create multiple Virtual Private Servers, each one isolated from one another, with its own applications, configuration files and system library.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is the most popular type of web hosting on the market. Nearly all personal websites and small to medium businesses require only a fraction of the resources of a complete web server. It would be expensive for these sites to all reside on their own individual server. Your website is hosted on a server that is set up to host multiple sites. The shared hosting platform is managed by the provider, all you need to think about is creating your website

Shared Hosting – Linux or Windows? The type of shared hosting you need depends on what kind of development language or database you might use with your website. Your home operating system will not affect which hosting type you choose. View our Linux & Windows guide.

Dedicated Hosting

A dedicated server is yours only, meaning that you are not sharing it with anyone else; therefore all the resources on the server are for your use only, allowing you achieve a reliable and stable service.

Dedicated server hosting can provide many benefits depending on your particular needs and the function of your website. Dedicated servers are seen as the best type of web hosting for business critical and large resource intensive websites that receive a lot of traffic.

There are two different types of dedicated hosting options available to you – managed and unmanaged. But what type of dedicated server should you choose?

1)    Managed Dedicated Server

Who: great for business critical operations, ecommerce sites and resource-intensive, high traffic business websites.
What: your own personal server with your own unique hosting space, server hardware and software, housed in a fully equipped data centre.  Your server is administered and maintained by a team of trained technicians, including application management, operating system updates, security upgrades and support. User access will enable you to manage your hosting and email accounts.

2)    Unmanaged Dedicated Server

Who: ideal if you are confident in server management; gain control and save money.
What: your own personal server with your own unique hosting space, server hardware and software, housed in a fully equipped data centre.  Server administration is taken care of by you, so you or your technical team choose when and what updates are applied, giving you more flexibility. You have full access to every part of your server and the freedom to maintain it and use it as you wish.

Virtual Private Servers

A VPS is a single physical server, partitioned to create multiple Virtual Private Servers, each one isolated from one another, with its own applications, configuration files and system library. VPS is the ideal solution for those who want a cost-effective dedicated solution; you benefit from sharing a single server chassis and infrastructure, keeping costs low, but you get your own secure space and choice of operating system and software.

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