Which Type Of Hosting Is Right For Your Website

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Choosing a perfect hosting type is a big task for many. With so many options around it become more difficult. Typically a bad hosting effects the overall website performance and search ranking and in fact it damages the purpose for what you are hosting the website. In this article, we look around different hosting types and will figure out which type of hosting is right for your website.

Before going further let us learn in brief about what actually a web hosting is.

Web Hosting

Web Hosting or web host is a host computer where you store all your website files. Whenever someone visits your website, files are fetched from this host computer using the HTTP protocol. The task of serving files from web host to the user is done web server. If you don’t what is web server you can read below article. All host computer who store all your website files has an IP. To access files from that computer you just simply need to type that IP address in the browser and your website will show up. But it’s not possible for everyone to memories your IP address for visiting your website. Right? For that reason, you have to buy a domain name and connect your domain name to the IP address. Once connected, visitors can simply type your domain name and visit your website.


Must Read: What is the web server. Top 3 best web server to host your website


Types Of Hosting

Hosting is broadly categorized into two types.
• Shared Hosting
• Dedicated Hosting

Shared hosting again categorized into three types.
• Normal Shared hosting
• Virtual Private server hosting
• Cloud Hosting

Shared Hosting

As I said before that in web hosting you save your website files in a remote computer called the host. In shared hosting, along with you, there will be many people who will store their files in the same computer. Sometimes a host computer can have files of more than 500 websites. They all will share the same Hard Disk, same RAM, Same processor. That’s the reason, shared hosting is slow because a host computer is accessed by multiple people at a time.

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Benefits

• Cheap to host
• Not much technical knowledge required.
• No customization

Drawbacks

• Website is slow to load.
• Affects search ranking.
• Website security is a concern.

Dedicated Hosting

In dedicated hosting, the host computer is yours. No one can store files in your dedicated host computer. Since yours is the only website that will be hosted in that computer, so your website will load fast. Also, no security concern as the computer won’t be shared with anyone. The HDD, RAM or the processors, everything is yours. You are the boss to decide how to use your resources.

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Benefits

• Website will load fast
• It’s your computer, So you can customize the way you want.
• No security concern

Drawbacks

• Extremely costly to rent a dedicated server
• Technical knowledge is required to set up

Virtual Private Server Hosting ( VPS)

VPS is for those who can not afford a dedicated server but want to enjoy the flavour of a dedicated server. VPS is actually a virtual computer which will host your website. But what is a virtual computer? A physical computer’s resources are divided into multiple virtual computers and each virtual computer behaves like a separate dedicated computer.

Which Type Of Hosting Is Right For Your Website

For example, A physical computer can create multiple virtual computers using third party software’s easily available in the market, So for example, if the physical computer has 100 GB hard disk space and it is divided into 5 virtual computers, then each virtual computer will have 20 GB space. The same type of split will happen for other resources like RAM, Processor etc. If you want to learn more about the virtual server, you can read the following article.


Must Read: What is a virtual private server. Types of a virtual private server.


The key difference between normal shared hosting and VPS is that in VPS you get dedicated resources. In the above example, each computer will have 20 GB hard disk space guaranteed. Right? But in case of shared hosting, you don’t have anything which is only yours.

Benefits

• All features of a dedicated server at a much lower cost.
• You can customize the VPS space the way you want
• Moderate security concern

Drawbacks

• It’s again a shared hosting though you can dedicated resource. So speed will better than normal shared hosting but not as good as a dedicated server.
• Technical knowledge is required to set up

Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is the newest form of hosting in the market. Generally, in shared hosting/ VPS / Dedicated hosting, all your website files are stored in a single computer. But in cloud hosting, all your files might get stored in multiple computers which we call “ Cloud of Computers”. Since your files are stored in multiple computers, so when you visit your website the load won’t be on a single computer. Instead, the load will be distributed among the cloud of computer and you will get a better speed. So in a nutshell cloud is a typical shared hosting but since it stores files in multiple computers, you get a better speed.

Which Type Of Hosting Is Right For Your Website

Benefits

• Cheap to host ( Costlier than normal shared hosting)
• Not much technical knowledge required.
• No customization

Drawbacks

• Website is slow to load compared to VPS and Dedicated server.
• Website security is a concern as files are shared among many other websites

Which type of hosting is right for your website

Well, the type of hosting that is right for your website depends on many factors. If you are a beginner then you may go for a certain type of hosting but for advanced users, it may be different. It also depends on what type of website of the website you want to host. So we will categories different requirement/feature of a website and accordingly will suggest which type of hosting is right for your website.

User Type: Newbie Vs Advanced Website Owners

If you are a newbie you should always go for shared hosting. It’s cheap, reliable and easy to set up. Also, it does not require much of technical setup. You can launch your website in an hour if you want.

Advanced Users can try VPS of the dedicated server depends upon how much traffic they are expecting on their website. If the traffic is low there is no point of wasting money on VPS or dedicated server. Instead, they should use shared hosting.

Website Type: Static Vs Dynamic

Static websites are those whose contents are not changed frequently. For example, if you see any company websites, those do not change very often. For those type of websites, you can simply for shared hosting ( Though no company uses shared hosting) or cloud hosting

If you want to host a dynamic website like WordPress blog or eCommerce websites then shared hosting is a big NO. Use VPS or dedicated server because those will give you the speed and security that you needed for those kinds of websites.

Content-Type: Blog Vs eCommerce

If you want to set up a blog then you can VPS. But if you can afford a dedicated server go for it. If you feel that your website is getting more traffic then there is no point of hosting your blog in the cloud or shared hosting.

For eCommerce sites, simply go for a dedicated server. Reason being, it offers the finest speed that your website needs. You can customize it to offer the best security. You can also scale up the server whenever there is a need. So a big no to any shared hosting types in case you want to host an eCommerce website.

Traffic: Slow Vs Moderate Vs Heavy

Well, it’s a common sense that if your website has slow traffic, simply go for shared hosting. It will do the job for you. If you feel that your website will have moderate or heavy traffic, a VPS or dedicated server is a more suitable option.

Well now we know different hosting types also which type of hosting is right for our website but let’s see the list of some great companies who offer these type of hosting. There are millions of the company who provides hosting service but hardly a few who are known for there best and value for money offers. This list I prepared based on my experience and may differ from person to person.

Shared Hosting
HostSoch
Host It Smart
BigRock
A2 Hosting
HostGator

Cloud Hosting
HostGator
ResellersClub
BigRock
Digital Ocean
Go Daddy

VPS ( Virtual Server)
Resellers Club
HostGator
NameCheap
A2 Hosting
GoDaddy

Dedicated Server
ResellersClub
HostGator
BigRock
GoDaddy
NameCheap

Let’s Wrap Up!

Well, there is not a clear winner, there is no hosting which we can call “ The Best Hosting Type”. All depends on your requirement, the kind of investment that you can make. It also depends on the amount of revenue you want to gain or type of output you want. I personally prefer to stick to VPS, no matter whatever the type of requirement I have, except for eCommerce website which generally prefers to host in a dedicated server.

That’s all we have in this article. Hope you liked the article and found some useful information. If you have any queries please do write in the comment section and I will be happy to answer. If you find this article helpful please rate us five stars.

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Rajib
A Technologist by profession but a geek by heart. Loves writing about technical stuffs and eager to drive when time permits. A Hyderabadi foodie with the roots of a cultural Bengali.

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