The very first step towards setting a website—that is, after registering a domain name—is choosing a hosting solution.
For those of you who are just getting started with the process, you might first want to know what web hosting is, before exploring the subject further.
So, here is a quick review…
What is Web Hosting?
Consider a website like a file; let’s say a Word document.
Like your Word document needs a place to be stored in (your computer), your website too needs to be stored somewhere. In the world of internet, this “somewhere” is a server. It is pretty much like your computer—a server has a RAM, CPU and a hard drive.
A server stores your website and whenever any of your website visitor makes a request through their web browsers to visit your website, the server processes the request and displays it on their screens. Just like your computer processes your request to open and display a Word document.
It is said that your server is “hosting” your website. Without it, you won’t be able to entertain the request of your customers to visit your website.
Web Hosting Solutions – The Different Types
When we talk about different types of web hosting solutions, what we are trying to imply is the different technologies that dictate the specifications of a hosting server, giving rise to various alternatives.
Basically, there are three different types of web hosting solutions.
1) Shared Web Hosting
This is a type of web hosting solution in which multiple users—as many as 500 users or more—are using the same server to host their websites. It’s like one computer at home that is being used by everyone. Since a server is hosting many websites at the same time, processing thousands of requests for different websites simultaneously, you might experience slow website uploading speed. That being said, it is the cheapest available hosting solution.
2) VPS Hosting
Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting also serves as a platform where resources are shared, but unlike shared webhosting it offers a more balanced solution.
- First, you don’t have that many users on the server. This means every user has more resources to play with.
- Secondly, each user has its pre-allocated share of resources. If a VPS server has 100 GB of storage space to offer and there are 10 users on the server, each user will get 10 GB of storage space. In shared web hosting, the allocation is dynamic based on a website’s traffic. Therefore, websites that are seeing a low traffic might still experience slow upload times because the other website on the server is using most of the resources.
- Third, the solution is scalable. You can apply for more resources if you want.
It’s more expensive than shared hosting.
3) Dedicated Hosting
Finally, we have dedicated hosting. This is a type of hosting solution in which you get your very own server—there is no one else on the server. You can customize it as you want and you don’t have to share your resources with anyone else. This means you get the fastest website uploading speed on a dedicated server.
The downside is, it’s also a relatively expensive solution than the other two.
Now that you know what web hosting is, and what are the different types of web hosting solutions available at your disposal, take a decision that best suits your needs.
Looking for a Web Hosting Service Provider?
123connect can help. The company provides UK based web hosting services, with packages tailored to suit all types of budgets and hosting needs. Customers can either choose from dedicated or shared hosting solutions with different OS configurations. For more details call at 0333 1214 123 or drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.