Hosting for your Webites

Hunting website hosts for your precious website can be a daunting task, especially when the options are more and technical jargons equally more.

‘Generally’ most of the business websites would be hosted on 3 common hosting types:

  • Shared Hosting,
  • Dedicated Servers or
  • VPS (Virtual Private Servers).

Though there could be more, for the sake of knowledge and simplicity of this article, let us stick to these three.

Shared Hosting
With shared hosting, your website would also be hosted along with a bunch of other websites sharing the same resources like RAM, processor, hard disk etc.The shard hosting option is cheap and I good when your website are simple with lower traffic. If you are looking to run sophisticated web based applications or your websites engage a lot of visitor transaction or if you want to run some of the latest CMS, then you might run into some limitations. When you encounter such limitations then it is best to upgrade to VPS or dedicated server.

Dedicated Server
A dedicated hosting service or a dedicated server is where clients leases an entire server for his service and not share it with anyone. Here the client is full control of the server including the operating system, hardware etc.. Dedicated servers are most often housed in data centres, similar to collocation facilities, providing redundant power sources and HVAC systems. Most hosting companies manage these servers at an extra cost.

Dedicated Server options are costly as besides the cost of leasing the servers you would require an experienced professional to manage it. Some providers offer to fully manage (called Managed Dedicated Hosting) your server at a cost. You could also choose to save some money by managing the server yourself (called Self-Managed Dedicated Hosting). However, if you are not skilled enough as an administrator, you run the risk of facing complicated situations.

Virtual Private Server (VPS)
A VPS bridges the gap between shared hosting & dedicated hosting service. A VPS acts like a dedicated server as it offers its users like administrative control, flexibility to install custom software and applications etc but at an affordable price compared to a dedicated server. As a user you can get your own virtual environment with dedicated amount of server resources for your own usage.

Some reasons to upgrade from Shared hosting to VPS/Dedicated server.

As said earlier in a shared hosting environment, your website would be sharing the resources like RAM, Hard Disk, bandwidth, Processor with multitudes of websites hosted on the same server. When your website receives more traffic or uses more resources it may cause a hindrance to other websites and then you may have to scale up to a VPS or a dedicated hosting. You may consider scaling up in the following situations.

  • When you need to have more control and wish to install some software.
  • Sending & Receiving more Emails than permitted or SPAM Emails.
  • When you want better performance and stability for your website.
  • Website is using more processor.Typically when you are using high end applications or CMS applications.
  • Website is using more CPU/RAM. When you are using some scripts on your website that consumes more RAM.

Cloud Hosting – the new phenomenon

With data reliability and data loss, in the event of server malfunction, gave rise to a new phenomenon in the web hosting industry, “Cloud web hosting”. ‘Cloud’ is understood a network of computing devices which work together to provide services. More specifically, in web hosting cloud computing means that all web hosting services (web, ftp, mail, etc) run on many different servers ensuring that a failure in one device will not cause a service failure. Any web hosting service that is related to shared hosting at any level can usually be found in a cloud form; as well as standard shared web hosting services being available as the bare minimum for most, VPS servers are also available in the cloud and offer an opportunity for you to have a highly powerful dedicated hosting environment that can outperform your average single-node VPS server.

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