This article looks at four different types of web hosting, what they mean for users and how they can be best utilised.
Types of Host?
For many, choosing a domain host is as simple as typing into Google a search term and picking the first thing that appears. Anyone who has hastily chosen a web host in the past will know that this is a dangerous strategy, and can often end in tears. Getting web hosting or even the type of web hosting, wrong, can lead to you throwing money away and perhaps even put your whole business in jeopardy.
We looked at the four main types of web hosting to demonstrate why you should be careful to consider your options before committing to one domain host.
If you are a business and are aiming for a lot of traffic, avoid shared hosting like the plague. It is cheap and easy, however as the old saying goes you definitely get what you pay for in this respect. There can be hundreds of sites sharing one server, meaning that you can be fighting for upload speeds, and it only takes one site on the server to be having problems to also have an impact on your operation.
While this is not a good option for businesses, those looking for a simple two to three page site, or an introduction to managing a site, could find it useful.
This is a more flexible alternative to shared hosting, the main difference being that the server can adapt to the needs of your site at a specific time. Say you have a blog about a specific television show, with a large group of followers who look at your blog after the show has finished. The server will contract while you have low traffic so other sites can take advantage of the speed, however when traffic spikes a grid server will keep your site moving so everyone who flocks to your site gets a great user experience.
VPS hosting is the ideal tool for webmasters who manage and maintain a lot of smaller websites. VPS allows more flexibility than grid hosting and is also useful for using custom applications within a website. If you are looking for a bespoke design and site build then VPS could well be the best option for you.
This does what it says on the tin. Your website has its own dedicated server, and only your site uses the resources available through the server. This is the ideal hosting platform for businesses with unpredictable traffic, or expects significant traffic levels throughout the day. Generally this is similar to VPS, although there are benefits to having a sole dedicated server. Expect to pay for the additional resource and benefits though, which makes this very business-centric.
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