If you are new to the web-hosting world, you are probably looking for answers about the different types of web hosting, their advantages and disadvantages and other things. The truth here is that if you are a complete beginner in the world of web hosting, then these three different hosting types could be assumed as a stepping-stone to your success. Even though you are a successful webmaster, you must understand that using the first option is essential in understanding the nature of your niche and see whether it can be successful or not. We will focus on the beginners.
For a beginner, you should begin with a shared hosting, VPS and if successful, to dedicated hosting. I’ll explain each of them in brief.
Shared Hosting Plan
A shared hosting plan means that you share a server to many different users and thus, you are sharing that server’s resources, bandwidth and space. Oftentimes, web hosts offer an “unlimited” amount of disk space and traffic as well as shared IP and SSL. However, when your website starts to gain a significant amount of traffic and contents, your web host might start to notify you to upgrade because you are hogging a lot of the server’s resources, which affects the other users. Therefore, keep in mind that there is really no such thing as unlimited.
Shared web hosting is best for trying out a website or niche especially for a beginner. This will allow you to learn the fundamentals of handling a self-hosted website and will prepare you for the upcoming advanced endeavors and success.
VPS or Virtual Private Server
Just like a shared hosting plan, a virtual private server is shared among multiple users. However, in a virtual private server, you have an explicit limit to your resources, disk space and bandwidth. This way, you don’t have to worry about hogging the system resources and you can request to have an upgrade if you need to. It’s a better alternative to a shared hosting plan but a cheaper option to a dedicated server.
Oftentimes, a VPS needs an advanced knowledge of server setup and management but there are options to have a preinstalled software and cPanel to your privet server.
This is the ultimate choice for serious business and advanced users. High traffic websites like streaming sites, popular forums and social networks needs a dedicated server. There are two types of dedicated servers, managed and unmanaged. Normally, as you are a beginner, you’ll have to resort to a managed dedicated server, which will be maintained by your host.
A dedicated server can be customized at will and can handle tremendous amount of simultaneous traffic. This is a great choice if you are considering a solid website with a solid niche, for example, a forum.