In this modern day world, nothing has become as easy and affordable as owning a website. CMS platforms such as Joomla and WordPress are easy and free to use. For instance, a .com domain costs about ten dollars per year or even free when you host with us, whereas a good shared hosting account can go for less than ten dollars monthly. With the tremendous growth in technology, it has come to a point where almost everyone can have his or her section on the World Wide Web.
In simple terms, web hosting can be defined as a place where organizations or individuals place their websites. When we talk about web hosting, it means that a web hosting company like us, offers space on a server to host your website’s files, emails as well as offer internet connectivity so that computers can easily gain access to the files. Since a website is a collection of different computer files such as images, HTML files and videos that are interlinked, a super computer known as a server is required to place your website on the internet and share those files.
Basically, there are four different kinds of web hosting: Dedicated, Virtual private Server, Cloud and Shared hosting. Although all the four hosting servers will serve as a storage center for your site, the truth is that they differ in terms of technical knowledge required, amount of storage capacity, reliability and server speed. Below is important information about all the four kinds of web hosting.
In the case of shared hosting, an individual’s website is placed on the same server as some other many websites which can range from hundreds or even thousands. In this case, all the domains may share a common pool of resources such as the CPU and RAM. Since this kind of hosting has an extremely low cost, a great deal of websites with moderate traffic and running standard software are hosted on such a server. In addition, shared hosting is greatly accepted as the entry level because very minimal technical knowledge is needed. On the other hand, this kind of hosting is disadvantageous in that it has a limited ability to handle immense traffic levels. Additionally, the site’s performance can be affected by the presence of other sites on the same server.
Virtual Private Server Hosting (VPS)
In virtual private server hosting, a single server is divided into many virtual servers where each website is allocated a dedicated server of its own but they are actually sharing a single server with some few users. The users can easily have root access to their allocated virtual space and the hosting environment is better secured. This kind of hosting can be ideal for websites that require more control at the server level but are not ready to invest in a single dedicated server. Similar to shared hosting, VPS hosting also has a limited ability to handle traffic spikes and the performance of a website can be affected by the presence of other websites on the same server.
Dedicated Server Hosting
In dedicated server hosting, a single dedicated server gives maximum control over the server that your website is stored on. This means that you exclusively rent a complete server and your website is the only one stored on that single server. Although it assures maximum control of the web server, this kind of hosting can be very expensive since the servers themselves are usually very expensive. This kind of hosting is ideal for individuals and companies that require maximum control as well as a better server performance.
The working of this kind of hosting is in the manner that a team of servers referred to a cloud work together in hosting a bunch of websites. This means that multiple computers can work together to deal with the great traffic spikes or levels experienced on any of the websites hosted on them. Despite its capability to handle different websites, this kind of hosting has a limitation in that it does not offer root access. This means that some server settings must be adjusted for a particular software to be installed. In addition, this kind of hosting can be a costly undertaking.
Selecting a web host for your individual or organization’s site is extremely important but at the same time it can be a daunting task. Apart from just finding the kind of web hosts available, it is a matter of comparing inclusions, checking through the various plans and important of all, looking for customer reviews. There are tons of questions that you can ask your potential web host. It is therefore important to make sure you get answers to all the questions you have prior to making any agreement. Make sure you have a clear picture of what you are going to receive, what the service provider has to offer and how they treat their clients among many others. Be sure your potential host is an organization you can trust.