What are the different types of web hosting?

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There are four main types of web hosting, and each option has its advantages and disadvantages.

  1. Shared hosting
  2. Dedicated host
  3. VPS (Virtual Private Server)
  4. Cloud hosting

1. Shared hosting


Shared hosting is the most popular hosting plan and usually the most affordable.

As the name suggests, you share hosting servers with many other sites. Generally, all sites hosted on the server have a resource pool (RAM, CPU, disk space) to share and use.


Advantages:
It is recommended that shared hosting be used for sites with moderate traffic (most sites are), because it is low cost, easy to start, and does not require any technical knowledge.


Disadvantages:
Because you are sharing resources with more websites, performance may suffer when there is a spike. No root access (to be able to fully control the server).



2. Dedicated host

You rented the entire server from a hosting provider, dedicated to your use. You will get a dedicated server and there is no need to share any server resources (CPU, RAM or disk space) with any other sites.


Advantages:
You can get better and reliable performance while maximizing control of the server.


Disadvantages:
It is obviously that the cost is high, and you have to take more responsibility for managing the server. Great freedom comes with great responsibility; in this case, the cost is also higher!



3. VPS (Virtual Private Server)

As the name suggests, you rent a "virtual" server as a dedicated server. In fact, you are sharing a physical server with other websites. By using a computing technology called virtualization , server resources are abstracted and partitioned to simulate multiple virtual servers, which may be individually controlled by each VPS user. Virtual servers are logically private (each server runs its own operating system), but not physically.

If you cannot afford dedicated server hosting, but still want a certain degree of control and ensured server resources allow for better performance, you should consider VPS.

Advantages:
Although you are still sharing the physical server (resources) with other websites, you have a fixed quota allocated exclusively to you. You may also have root access and more functions to control virtual servers.


Disadvantages:
It is more expensive than shared hosting. If the traffic is very high, your website performance may still be affected.



4. Cloud hosting
The latest trend hits the hosting market, and perhaps the most advanced option is cloud hosting. With "cloud computing," a group of servers (called the cloud) work together to act as one large server.


If your business needs high performance, high availability, and scalability, cloud hosting is your choice.


Advantages:
You only pay for the content used on the cloud. Therefore, you may have traffic peaks (for example, in certain seasons), and you don't have to worry about not having a dedicated server. Cloud hosting is the most scalable hosting solution, and it is also very cost-effective.


Disadvantages:
You need cloud experts with technical knowledge to manage cloud hosting solutions.


Therefore, if you are about to livestream your new website and feel overwhelmed by all the hosting options, this web hosting guide should help you make an informed decision. The number of software packages provided by web hosting companies continues to increase, making anyone feel disappointed!

It's up to you to decide the web hosting solution that suits your business. But remember, there is nothing like a perfect hosting plan for all websites! You just need to choose the type of hosting that suits your needs.

Thanks for reading
 
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