With hundreds of web firms competing for your business and thousands of different web hosting options, things can rapidly become confusing. Add to that all the “technical geek” terminology like bandwidth, GB, and DNS, and it’s easy to become disheartened for someone who wants to start an internet business and make money online.
Your Web hosting requirements will grow and get more complex as your online business expands. Free and low-cost website hosting plans may have been adequate during the launch period of your online business. Still, if your website is becoming sluggish as it grows and receives more internet traffic, you may need to consider upgrading your Web server.
Let’s take a look at the most common types of web hosting plans and see which would best fit your business’s needs, whether you’re just starting out or trying to expand your online presence.
Cloud Web Hosting
Cloud-based web hosting is a fairly new technology that allows hundreds of independent servers to work together to appear as one large server. As demand develops, the hosting provider may add cheaper gear to create a larger grid/cloud.
The benefit of cloud-based web hosting is that if you experience an unusually high volume of internet traffic, the hosting plan can accommodate the surge rather than shutting down your website.
If your website is developing and receiving more traffic, this is likely the first point you would upgrade from a shared hosting plan.
VPS (Virtual Private Server) (VPS)
Virtual private servers share a single physical server but function as several independent servers. A VPS is a bridge between shared hosting and purchasing your dedicated computer. Although each VPS instance shares physical resources, they each have their slice of computer resources.
Dedicated Web Server
A dedicated server uses a single physical server you hire from a hosting company. You can have complete control (called “root” permissions in Linux) if you desire.
Other websites on a shared server won’t eat up your resources and slowing down your website when you have a dedicated server.
A dedicated server is normally the highest kind of server you would require if your internet business evolves into a presence that receives website traffic. While the costs of a dedicated server are substantially greater than those of shared hosting, your company will be in a position to easily pay the expenditures of having your server.
Web Hosting Colocation
You rent rack space from a data center when you collocate. You supply your server hardware, and they supply power, cooling, physical security, and an internet connection. This means you’re in charge of your server software, data storage, backup methods, etc. If hardware fails, you must replace it and bring the server back up and running.
Colocation is generally not worth the investment in time, talent, and money for most small firms unless they have the technological know-how in-house.
Web Hosting with Self-Service
The perfect hosting strategy: you do everything yourself! You purchase the servers, install and configure the software, ensure adequate cooling and power in your machine room, and duplicate everything for redundancy.
Web hosting is the easiest and most cost-effective way to host a website.
You won’t have to worry about the technical aspects of website management if you use a good hosting company. Hardware maintenance, software installation, resource management, bandwidth, and storage setup are all possible.
A web hosting service provider can also help to ensure that a website performs optimally and follows stricter security procedures than self-hosting. This allows website owners to devote more time to content creation and SEO optimization activities.
We hope this post has helped you better understand how to host a website. Remember that careful research is essential while selecting the best hosting service provider for your needs. To establish a web host’s dependability, consider scalability, value for money, and security.