The Different Types of Web Hosting Explained

When a lot of people think of web hosting, they may not realise that there are actually several different types of web hosting services available. So if you’re planning on launching a website and you want to make sure that you invest in the very best type of hosting, continue reading to learn more about the different types available. This will ensure you get the resources you really need at the price that fits your budget.

Shared Web Hosting

After you’ve created a great site, you may find that shared web hosting is the best way to go if you want to be certain that you’ll have an affordable option to keep it running. This is the most common form of web hosting, in which a lot of individuals will end up using the space on a single server. This spreads the cost of operating that server amongst all of the users, making this one of the cheapest ways to host your site.

Virtual Private Server Hosting

Virtual Private Server hosting is also referred to as VPS. This option is typically a bit more expensive than a shared server, but it does come with additional advantages, including more control and flexibility. Basically, there are multiple user accounts that are on a single server, but because it’s partitioned either through software or physically, each account on the server operates like its own computer, not affecting any other accounts on that server.  If you’ve got the money to get your great site the hosting it needs, this is a top choice.

Self-Hosting

If you don’t wish to share your web hosting with anyone else, you can take a DIY route by self-hosting. You’ll host your website on your personal internet connection at home or at the office. This is a great option if you have the technical know-how to use and maintain servers, so it’s likely not possible for the majority of people out there with a website. Also, just know that a lot of ISPs don’t actually approve this type of hosting, and it might be a violation of the terms of your service contract.

Dedicated Server Hosting

For those who want to be in complete control over the server that hosts their website, dedicated server hosting is the best option. This type of hosting provides you with a lot of flexibility, as no one else can be hosted on the server that your site is on. You can install and reboot as you wish, but you’ll need to have server knowledge because you’ll be in control over what occurs on your server.

Reseller Hosting

Finally, there’s reseller hosting, which is a great option for webmasters and those who wish to resell their web hosting service to others. And if you have more than one website, this type of hosting also makes it simpler to manage your sites.

Now that you know a bit more information about the different forms of web hosting that are available, you can really hone in on the type that will be right for your website, give you the resources you need, and match your budget.

Amol Wagh

Author of Game Marketing Book: Market Your Indie Game Like A Pro! 7 years of Tech Blogging & Digital Marketing. Co-founder at Dotline Inc & a Gamer. Follow me on Twitter @amolwagh, @amol.wagh