Are you ready with your own website? If yes, then it’s time to find a good web host that can put all your effort on the web, give you the tools, bandwidth and storage you need, and support you when you need help. A web hosting service allows organizations and individuals to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. There are dozens of Web hosting companies that provide space on the server with countless choices of tools and pricing options starting from $2 to $500 or more per month.
Before you decide which Web host to choose and which package to buy, you need to pen down your basic requirements.
- What kind of website are you building?
- Do you need Windows applications or linux will do?
- Does your website need special software?
- How much web traffic volume do you want?
These are some of the general questions which need to be answered before taking your site on the server. Today, we will discuss types of Web hosting and their merits and demerits.
In the table below, you will see that almost all the companies offer Shared and Dedicated Web hosting. Running your website with several other websites on the same server is called Shared Hosting. Websites up-time, downtime, and speed is an integral part of the experience provided to the visitors. Every visitor has only 10 seconds of attention time, if your website does not load within the given time, you may lose your prospect. A shared hosting account is affordable, easy to maintain, and sufficient for most new sites but if you want good performance and speed, you need to be looking at dedicated or virtual servers.
Dedicated hosting is also one of the hosting options available. In this, a user gets his own physical server from the provider. It comes installed with operating system and storage drives. As resources of the server are dedicated to the user, it resolves the speed problems encountered with Shared hosting.
Virtual Private Server (VPS), also known as Virtual Dedicated Servers (VDS) are part of one big physical servers with their own operating system and resources like storage space, memory and bandwidth allocation.
Both, Dedicated and Virtual Private Servers are capable of handling heavy traffic inflow on the server leaving you worry-free about site’s performance with more users. If you are looking for an alternative to Dedicated hosting then ‘Cloud hosting’ is something that you should look out for.
In the last few years, a shift has been observed. A shift from ‘Physical’ to ‘Virtual’ world. That’s ‘Cloud hosting’ and it can truly be cited as a revolutionary change for the hosting industry. In a short span of time, Cloud hosting has become very popular. That’s due to the features and limitless flexibility it offers to the users. To list a few, features like ‘scaling the resources’ and ‘setting server specifications’ to match the demands are the capabilities that benefit the user and save them money spent on maintaining infrastructure during idle times.
Let’s have a look at some of the popular Web Hosting Companies and the web servers they are providing:
|Requirements||Shared Hosting||Dedicated Hosting||VPS Hosting||Cloud Hosting|
|A small orange||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Almost all the Web hosting Companies offer multiple hosting packages. A user can choose a package that suits his requirements. These packages begin at a low cost with limited set of features and move up in terms of pricing with added features. At the first glance, most packages appear similar but in actual they are not. Therefore be careful with what you choose.
Make sure your web host provides right kind of hosting OS. If you have SQL server or any application written in .NET, then you require Windows hosting.
In addition to the package, service providers bundle up the offer with tools like Site Builder application, Email Marketing tool, built-in e-Commerce applications.
The offer includes limited or unlimited bandwidth along with various storage disk space options along with 24/7 customer support to take care of your needs in any emergency.
And if you want to be really quick in performing fast and easy updates, then look for a provider who is providing CMS on which your website has been built.
Since last 8 years, KUWARE has been providing and managing web hosting for its clients. We have our own Website Monitoring Tool, which can be accessed here – https://kuware.com/websites/track-your-site/