The most basic form of web hosting depicts an individual or business building a single web page with some file hosting. Larger scale web hosting involves hundreds of web pages and large amounts of data, all of which have to be managed on their end. The scope of a web hosting project usually determines the type of web hosting that a client may need. That’s why several types of web hosting services exist.
What type of web hosting works for you?
As mentioned, several types of web hosting services exist. There’s shared web hosting, dedicated server web hosting, virtual private servers and even completely free web hosting services. While many of these services vary in features, they all serve the same purpose: hosting web content to allow others to view that content via the web.
Free web hosting
Free web hosting is usually best suited for people who want to make a smaller website or a temporary website (before upgrading to paid web hosting). Free web hosts usually limit their features and, most of the time, have banner advertisements that can’t be controlled by the end user.
Despite that, this form of web hosting is best for those who want to learn how to use a website before upgrading to a paid web host. It’s not good for actually running a website, since the features are too limited.
Shared hosting is the cheapest form of web hosting out there. It basically puts several clients on a single web server, allowing each to share the costs of ‘renting’ the server for their use. Due to the structure of this type of web hosting, it’s usually the best option for people who want to build a personal website or small businesses who are just starting out on the web.
Sometimes, shared hosting can put all of the clients using a single server at risk; traffic spikes and unexpected downtime are some of the problems that clients share when using a shared hosting plan. Due to that, businesses should probably invest in the next type of web hosting plan.
Businesses need a dedicated hosting plan, period. Dedicated hosting ‘dedicates’ an entire server to one single client. That allows businesses to have a single server for their own needs, instead of sharing a server with multiple people at a time. If they experience traffic spikes or downtime on their end, it only affects them. Any other issues that might affect other sites (under the same hosting company) won’t directly affect them, since they have their own server.
Business owners will need managed dedicated hosting, especially if they don’t know how to manage a server by themselves. Most web hosts provide that service, despite it costing a little more per month. However, it’s worth it for serious businesses who want to run their own business website without dealing with shared hosting problems.
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