If you are planning to run a website or blog online, you will need to get some type of webhosting. While this sounds simple enough, sifting through all of your choices can be more difficult than you think.
This article will help explain the difference services that web hosting companies offer. This will help you choose the right plan to get started with.
Some of the most popular web hosting companies include HostGator, BlueHost, and Liquid Web. But there are many others out there to choose from.
Regardless of which hosting company you visit, you will generally see the following types of web hosting available:
Shared Web Hosting
This is the cheapest form of web hosting that is available today. Even within this category you will be given choices. Most hosts have an option that is suitable for hosting just one domain name. This can run you around $5 per month. It’s a great way to get started and you can always upgrade your account to a larger one later on.
You’ll see choices such as Basic, Basic Plus or Hatchling, Baby Plan and Business Plan. The differences include things like how much space you have on the server, how may domain names you can connect to the account and if you get any freebies or not.
This type of account is suitable for anyone who wants to resell hosting to their own customers. This can also be a great way to build and sell websites as a business. You set up a new domain on its own hosting account and then sell it to the new owner. No need for transferring any files to a new web host.
Reseller hosting is also great if you wish to have a separate Cpanel for each of your websites. This way you can control how much bandwidth and web space you attribute to each site, since some sites may need more space than others.
This is where things can get to be a little more complicated. VPS gives you more control over your hosting accounts. While you are still sharing a server with others, the number of total users is greatly reduced. If you are running a business and getting lots of web traffic this option is more ideal for you.
It will be a costlier option as well, but is considered a midpoint option between using shared hosting and having your own dedicated server. Using a VPS solution means that you are sharing your servers with fewer people. You may also have some services that are not shared by anyone else. In essence this means that no one user can drain all the resources, as they could on shared hosting accounts.
This is the highest level of hosting that is available. You own all of the resources and no one else can tap into any of them at all.
So What Type of Hosting Should You Choose?
Shared hosting is good for the majority of people, especially for those just starting out. As we mentioned earlier, you can set up a plan that is just for one site to start with. If you plan on running a WordPress site this is a great option.
Here’s how website hosting basically works. Your website sits on a web server. Each time a visitor lands on your page, the server uses its CPU and Memory, together, to send your visitor to their requested page. If this happens in a huge rush it can cause too much CPU and Memory usage on your site. You may find your website goes down. Or your webhost will notify you to reduce your CPU usage.
When this situation keeps on happening then it is time to upgrade your web hosting. This is when you would take a serious look at VPS or dedicated hosting.
Requiring more room on your server is a good thing as it means your site or blog is popular and attracting lots of visitors. By upgrading you will be given more CPU and memory allotments.
Upgrading also provides additional benefits, depending upon the hosting company. This could include installing different (better) software on your server and more.
A VPS server is normally great for any type of mid-sized company, or one that releases a lot of new digital products each month, has streaming data and multimedia, or has a very busy shopping cart. But even these servers can become crowded and slow your site down.
This type of server provides you with a lot of benefits. You can host an unlimited number of websites, run scripts and other items without any huge restrictions, other than CPU and Memory.
As a VPS user you are still sharing portions of your server with others and this can lead to problems. If your website attracts a ton of traffic regularly then this can cause issues for the others on your server. Your hosting company will notify you of any issues and if they happen repeatedly you may need to upgrade to a dedicated server.
As a quick recap:
- New User with 1 website – smallest shared hosting plan available
- Several websites with a small amount of traffic – more robust shared hosting plans
- Busy websites with a fair amount of traffic – VPS hosting option
- Huge website with tons of traffic, lots of product launches, streaming data and multimedia, busy shopping cart, etc. – Dedicated server hosting