Different Types of Web Hosting
To give you a quick overview, the most common types of website hosting are:
- Shared Hosting
- Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
- Managed Web Hosting (this can actually apply to other types of hosting)
- Reseller Hosting
- Dedicated Servers
VPS (Virtual Private Servers)
VPS is the acronym for Virtual Private Server. It means that a physical server is divided with software to smaller partitions. VPS hosting is usually offered with performance limits. This means that you can choose from different setups. A virtual server then can work separated from the rest of the server. This means that regardless of the other customers’ resource usage, your virtual server’s performance will not decrease. VPS are also know as VDS`s.
VPS is between shared and dedicated, both in performace and price. If your site grows out the shared account, usually this is the next step.
Managed Web Hosting
Managed hosting can refer to either Virtual Managed Server, that is basically a managed VPS, or it can refer to a Managed Dedicated Server. In both cases the advantage of a managed plan is that a customer don’t have to possess the technical knowledge needed to manage a server. The price is usually higher with this feature, but it can well worth it. A customer gets the power of a VPS or dedicated server, but managing it is just as easy as a shared account.
With a managed setup you usually get a ready-to-start server, cPanel installed. Besides that, the services usually included are server monitoring, database management, software updates, and generally making sure that everything works as it should.
Would you rather like to sell web hosting? You can do it quickly, easily and in a cost-effective way with reseller plans. It is similar to VPS in its setup. You purchase a certain amount of resources like disk space and bandwidth, you can divide these resources and sell in little parts.
Ideally the reseller can build a respected hosting company, and customers don’t even know about the provider in the background. The flat monthly fee and the possibility to build your own empire - and create substantial income – makes reseller hosting very popular.
If you choose dedicated web hosting, you have a server only for your website. Your website can use that server’s resources fully, without sharing it with other websites. The most important advantage is the higher performance. Flexibility is an advantage as well. You can install custom softwares on your server, including the operating system.
This setup requires some computer skills, so if you are not sure if you can manage a dedicated server, take a look at a VPS or a managed dedicated server. In fact many managed servers are marketed as plain dedicated hosting.
Shared hosting is also known as virtual hosting service. The vast majority of the sites you see online uses this kind of service. It is the most cost effective way of going online, because many websites are stored on one server and share resources like CPU power, bandwidth and storage. You share these resources with other paying customers.
Not only it is the cheapest way of hosting but also the easiest for even the absolute beginners. Don’t think they are underpowered because of the low price. They come loaded with a huge number of useful tools and features. The richness in features, the low price and the ease of use makes it a suiting service for individuals and small businesses.