Websites are one of the trends in all sectors around the globe. A vast number of people have turned to the internet to access services and purchase goods and services. As a result, the use of websites has continually grown, and its popularity is increasing every day. To have a well-running and a cost-effective website, knowing how to acquire the best hosting services is always a challenge.
In this article, I will discuss the various types of web hosting services, explaining the advantage and disadvantage associated with each hosting service.
Shared hosting services
Shared hosting is a basic hosting plan. It entails having multiple websites under one storage, sharing the same resources. With the shared hosting plan, your monthly or yearly cost is low. Not only that but almost all shared hosting plans also come with essential tools that help you to build and manage your site.
You can’t expect the top speed with a shared hosting plan as the price is low, and also you are sharing a server with several other users. Additionally, some shared hosting providers have a poor record of website uptime, slow loading and security problems.
Nevertheless, if you don’t expect massive website traffic, if you are under a tight budget and what you want is just a web presence, use this plan.
Dedicated hosting services
If you expect thousands or hundred thousands of website visitors, a dedicated hosting service is the ideal hosting plan you can choose.
You can get a robust hosting service with enhanced security and also a unique IP address.
Additionally, you get excellent technical support and almost near 100% website uptime.
The drawback with dedicated servers is cost. You will have to deal also with tasks such as maintenance, server security, etc., which requires technical knowledge and experience.
Virtual Private Server (VPS)
Although it is not as powerful as dedicated servers, a virtual private server is much better and more powerful than a shared hosting service.
In the case of VPS, you are not allocated a dedicated physical server. Instead, you get partitioned virtual server resources so that you have full control of your allocated resources it. For example, you can use the allocated server space to install an operating system of your choice. You can also install your prefered software and tools such as PHP, MySQL, Java technologies, etc. The above scenario, in which you perform installation and managing the server is referred to as unmanaged VPS because you are responsible for the initial setup and monitoring of the health of your system, including performing backups.
Things are more manageable and easier if you are using a managed VPS. With managed Virtual Private Server, the hosting provider usually makes the initial server setup for you. Not only that, but you can also get 24/7 technical assistance that includes server monitoring and security fixes. A graphical tool such as cPanel also comes as a package to make things smooth. As you can expect, managed VPS is more expensive than the unmanaged one.
One thing I like in VPS most is that you can configure it to have as many virtual hosts as you want to serve multiple domains.