All websites and blogs on the Internet start with hosting. This can be referred to as a web hosting service. Web hosting is a service that simply serves your website to anyone that visits it. Not all sites are designed the same. Therefore, each of the website needs a web hosting service provider that can cater to the website and a website owner’s needs. In this article I will clear up the differences between the most common hosting types: Shared hosting, Dedicated Hosting, Collocated Hosting, VPS Hosting, Reseller Hosting, Cloud Hosting, let’s get started.
Shared hosting is the tight budget option. Usually recommended for new one, as it is the most economical way to start a website. In a shared hosting environment, your websites and other website owners shared one server. Shared hosting is quite popular because it is very affordable, especially for startups and small businesses.
When you get a dedicated server, your website get access to the full server, since it is not shared with any other users. Your website will be the only site hosted on the server, and as a website owner, you’ll have full control. You also have ‘root’ access. Dedicated servers are priced from $100 and up.
Colocation hosting means that you’re renting rack space at a data server. Typically, you supply the server hardware. The host will provide the storage facility, power, and a uplink. This means you are responsible for your own server software, backup procedures, data storage, etc. If hardware fails, you are responsible for replacing it and getting the server back up and running.
VPS Hosting stands for Virtual Private Server Hosting, it is probably the most popular service to upgrade to and it can be the most well-balanced one as well. It usually recommended for more advanced users, and those who need to install specific packages or software not provided by shared hosting.
Reseller hosting plans are mostly shared hosting plans, but with extra tools to help you resell hosting space. It’s also a great option for those who have multiple websites, as it makes easier to manage multiple websites under one control panel.
Cloud hosting is essentially the same as VPS hosting, enables you to use the resources of multiple servers, rather than having your website confined to a single server location. Cloud hosting is billed for only resources you use.