Web hosting is the process through which you publish your website online and the visitors access them when they enter your domain. There are different types of web hosting- cloud, shared, VPS or dedicated and it’s not that easy to choose among these. We’ll help you by clarifying the difference between the services provided under different hosting types.
It is the most basic and cheapest of all the hosting types. Multiple users share the same server. The finite amount of resources is shared by different websites. Example- iPage almost exclusively offers shared hosting.
Shared hosting has its own pros and cons. If you consider price then it’s the best option but is low on security and performance. Here many websites are using a common server that means using resources from one place. Now if the web host in his greed, hosts too many websites, it may happen that your website run out of resources. And as the size of the website grows, this may happen sooner. Therefore, shared hosting is suitable for websites with small amount of traffic. Websites which experience a sudden increase in users like a news website can’t keep up with the flowing requests which will lead to page load errors or slower speeds.
Shared hosting is suitable for
- Small businesses
- Writers, artists, etc.
- Personal websites
- Informational pages
VPS hosting is one step forward to shared hosting in terms of price and performance. It also offers affordable scaling and better security. Multiple websites use a single server and finite amount of resources are distributed among all the different websites. For doing this distribution, virtual servers are set up on the physical server known as Virtual Private Server (VPS). Each website will have its own dedicated hosting environment. Therefore, your website can make room for traffic for as much resource it has, regardless of what the other websites on the server are doing. Also, you can customize your server which was not possible with shared hosting.
Before buying, look at the details of the VPS plan. A2 Hosting, DreamHost are few examples of VPS hosting. VPS hosting is costlier than shared hosting but cheaper than a dedicated one. It is suitable for
- Medium-sized businesses
- Small to medium news outlets
- Medium-sized blogs
Dedicated hosting is the most expensive but offers the best security, performance and flexibility. It is very simple. You are given complete access to a server that means all the hardware making up the server is under your control. You can share the network access with other dedicated servers in the data center.
Some web hosts allow building the server from the basic ground level according to your needs. The prices vary among dedicated servers depending on their specifications. For example, WebHostingBuzz has clearance servers priced under $50 per month, while LunarPages has servers pricing over $500 per month.
Dedicated server hosting is suitable for
- Large media outlets
- Multi-site networks
- Large e-commerce outlets
- Large corporations
Shared hosting is suitable for small websites, VPS for growing websites and dedicated is necessary for large websites. Cloud hosting is a slight variation of these different types of hosting. Your website is hosted in a virtual environment and resources are pulled from the shared pool which is quite large. Depending on your website needs you can utilize resources. You’ll always have access to what you have bought because the resources can be pulled from the cloud.
Therefore, cloud hosting is a shared hosting (multiple users pulling resources from the same pool) and VPS hosting (it takes place in a virtual environment) and dedicated hosting (a large pool of resources allows access to whatever you need) as well. You got best of all plus enhanced security and performance. MDDHosting, Kinsta and Pagely are few examples.
Cloud hosting is suitable for
- Large blogs
- Large media outlets
- Anyone who needs consistent, redundant access to resources
The type of hosting you should go for largely depends on your needs- the amount of traffic you have to accommodate and the specific features required by your website. Also, see whether you need to buy a host or can do with a website builder.