Understanding Different Types of Hosting

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.

Dedicated Servers

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.

An Introduction to Web Hosting

If you want to start creating your online business success, then you must understand the field of web hosting. There are several different kinds of web hosting as well as different terminologies or jargon that you will encounter. Therefore, it is important to know these things before delving in to the world of online entrepreneurship.

If you are a blogger and you want to expand to a self-hosted blog, then you will need to move your blog to a hosted domain. In order to host a domain, you need to find a web host. That’s where the philosophy of web hosting comes into play.

Factors of an Effective Web Host

If you enter web host into a search engine, you’ll get hundreds of thousands of results and among these hundreds of thousands, only few are really offering a quality service and effective server that can handle traffic.

One of the ways to assess if a web host has a good reputation is by searching for reviews and with reviews, we mean legitimate review sites where the author is not paid to create biased reviews. In addition to that, their customer service should be easily accessible and it should be able to help you 90% of the time. Again, customer reviews are a great way to see if a web host can provide an excellent support.

Server applications are also an important factor in selecting a web host. You might never need an application now but who knows, you might have a need for it in the near future. A wide choice of server applications should be considered if you want to find your first host.

The next thing you need to consider is the technical aspects of the web host. Let’s delve into that within a few moments.

What Is This? Understanding Hosting Specs

If you are new to web hosting world, you might be wondering about the different terms in a hosting package. We’ll explain the most important and common ones:

  • Disk space – is the amount of your rented space where you can keep your files. Things like images, HTML, CSS and PHP files all consume disk space. Most shared web hosting plans offer an “unlimited amount of space” which is only a way to entice people.
  • RAM – the more ram your hosting plan is, the faster it can serve and cache pages which will help in improving site performance
  • Traffic – this is the amount of bandwidth allocated for your website. The more visitor you have, the more traffic your site will consume
  • CPU – the same as the RAM in terms of usage, the more CPU, the faster your webpage will load and the more simultaneous traffic it can handle