Are you ready to publish your web content or product offerings on the Internet, but do not you know what “hosting” services are for? This article will help you get an idea of the four main types of hosting: shared hosting, virtual private server (VPS hosting), dedicated server hosting and reseller hosting.
1) Hosting shared
Shared hosting packages are the most affordable option, because your site will be on a server with multiple sites. Thus, you have total control over your hosting account via a control panel (cPanel), while the hardware part is managed by the web hosting company.
The shared hosting server can have multiple hard drives and hardware configurations that offer a high level of performance. However, there are several factors that can affect the proper functioning of sites that are hosted on a single server, namely: the number of accounts on that server, the number of pages of the sites, the type and size of the files that enter in each site, as well as the number of visitors and download traffic.
Some vendors that offer shared hosting packages promise storage space and unlimited bandwidth, a very appealing offer for a site owner. However, there may be many hosting accounts with seemingly unlimited resources on a single server, which could significantly affect your site’s speed when other sites use server resources intensively.
The best thing to do is start with a very cheap hosting plan and upgrade to a higher plan when the traffic on your site grows to the point where the allocated resources are overrun or it starts to load very hard. Keep in mind that site loading speed affects its position in search engine rankings and has a major impact on visitor browsing experience.
On the other hand, if you already have a heavy traffic site and require a lot more resources for processing requests, it is advisable to choose a virtual private server (VPS) or a dedicated server.
2) Server Virtual Privat (VPS hosting)
Virtual Private Servers (VPS) are also known as dedicated virtual servers (VDS). Plans VPS hosting gives you more control than shared hosting plans, even if you continue to share with other users host server. You can make changes to hardware and resource configurations, and you have full control over aspects of the server, such as the operating system (which is independent for each user).
Similar to hosting on a dedicated server, a VPS hosting plan can be managed or unmanaged. The hosting provider can provide some managed services, such as backup and software upgrades, for an additional fee, if you opt for an unmanaged plan.
Among the benefits of a VPS hosting plan, we mention:
– Scalability: Available resources can be increased or decreased as needed.
– Redundancy: A VPS is always hosted in a cluster or in a cloud environment.
– Flexibility: As an administrator, you have total control over the server.
– Accessibility: A VPS provides ideal environments for development and testing.
3) Hosting on dedicated server
At the opposite of shared hosting packages, a dedicated server allows you to have much more control over the resources of a server. We also have managed or unmanaged plans to help you maintain your server in optimal conditions.
You will be able to choose from several basic packages with configurable hardware, such as hard disk space, hard disk drives (traditional drives or SSDs), RAID and RAM configurations.
Choosing between a managed and unmanaged dedicated server will largely depend on your ability to maintain hardware, or to give access to an employee who can supervise it. A dedicated managed server can be more costly, but more cost-effective in the long run, when issues that go beyond your technical capabilities will occur.
The main advantage of a dedicated server is that your site no longer shares resources with other sites. This way, you will benefit from the full power of the server, which means you will benefit from the best performance, security and stability.
4) Reseller hosting
Reseller hosting packages are designed for those individuals or businesses who want to offer web hosting services to their clients but do not have the resources to buy hardware and rent or buy space in a datacenter. Many hosting providers allow you to offer their services to the public through your company. There are also “white label” reseller hosting packages that allow you to completely re-package hosting services by offering them at the prices you set, along with additional costs you can charge for maintenance and support costs.
The advantage of reseller hosting packages is the ease with which you can secure a revenue stream without excessive capital spending. Reseller hosting packages are configurable and scalable, so you can adjust resource usage and costs, depending on how much you sell.
Alternatively, you can opt for “affiliate programs” that are offered by some hosting providers. Affiliate programs allow you to earn commissions that are made when a customer visits the hosting company’s site by accessing a URL posted on your site. This will allow you to make offers and / or referrals to hosting packages, without having to provide hosting services as a reseller.
In conclusion, which is the best hosting option?
If you need a quick and easy solution, opt for a shared hosting plan. However, remember that you can quickly overcome the resources of a plan that costs 1 euro per month, and you will find that your site is loading or failing. Assign your time to assess your current and future needs, based on the plans provided by the hosting provider. Consider the growth potential and migration costs of your site on a new server, whether within the same hosting company or another.