Most Popular Web Hosting Technologies – A Descriptive Guide

By: Sunil Kumar |  In: Server  |  Last Updated: 2018/05/21

Are you planning to launch your website?

If yes, Hosting is the first thing you should be looking for. But when you are new in the website development you barely know about the different type of web hosting.
So it’s not easy for you to decide which type of hosting will best suit your website. But when you do have knowledge about the hosting types it becomes easy for you to select the best type of hosting for your website.

In this article, you will be knowing What are the different type of hosting available and what purpose is solved by them.

So let’s get started…

1. Shared Hosting- Cheapest, Best for Baby Websites

As the name implies- Your website is hosted on a server which is shared by other websites. The no. of the website sharing this server can be from a hundred to few thousands.
The biggest advantage of shared hosting is shared cost. You will be paying as little as $1-$5 per month. But this is the only advantage you will be getting with the shared hosting.

When you are sharing the resources with other the strongest will get the maximum advantage. means the site which get maximum traffic on the server shared with yours will be eating the maximum amount of resources. Your site will be running at the mercy of the other websites. A very popular website may adversely affect the performance of your website.
But if you are the most popular site on that particular server. Bingo, you got a super server at a very low cost.

Another disadvantage of shared hosting is you won’t be able to customize things on your server. If you have to made some changes or you need a library for your website you have to ask your hosting provider to do changes for you or to install the library. They will only do the changes if they think it not going to affect other websites on that server.

So you really don’t own the server. You just use the resources allocated to you.

Shared hosting is for the newly born baby websites which get less traffic. When people start an online business they usually start with the shared hosting because initially, they won’t be getting a lot of traffic.

Bluehost and Hostgator are very popular shared hosting provider. At acmeextension, I am using A2 hosting and its giving me awesome performance.

Pricing: $1-$10 per month

2. VPS- Just one step ahead of Shared hosting

Virtual Private Hosting is also a shared hosting but its next level of sharing.

Generally, a VPS server is shared by a max of 20 users wherein shared hosting there can be 100 to 1000 users on a single server.

In this type of hosting a large machine is parted into several virtual machines. Each virtual machine is independent of others.

In VPS every virtual machine will be running its own copy of operating system which behaves as a whole separate system with a separate IP address. You will be sharing only the hardware but the resource you purchased are allocated only to you.

Suppose you purchased 1 GB RAM and 40 GB of the hard disk on a VPS server then this resource is only for you. No one else can use these resources in any condition. It doe’s not matter what your neighbour are doing on the server you are on safe side unless you mess the things yourself.

If your neighbour messed the things their site may go down but your site will remain unaffected.

Another big advantage of VPS server is they are highly configurable, providing a lot more flexibility. As in shared hosting, you cannot modify the things as you will be changing others too. In VPS you are managing your own virtual server. So you can do a lot of changes without affecting others.

In Linux words, you have root access to the server where you can do anything. You are free to install anything you need on your VPS server. But greater freedom brings greater risks as everything is maintained by you only.

AS you get a virtual dedicated server you can install as many websites as you want. there is no restriction of no. of websites.

VPS hosting is offered in two forms- managed VPS server and unmanaged VPS server. In managed hosting, all the technical setup is done and maintained by the hosting provider. They charge extra for these services. In unmanaged hosting, you will get a naked server where you have to install and setup everything by yourself.

When to user VPS hosting-

If you do a little research you can find an average level VPS hosting in the price of shared hosting. But a decent amount of resources will cost you around $20-$30 per month.
You can extend it at any time.

You can go as high as $150 per month, but if you need that much space and computing power, it’s likely your site is doing so well that the cost will be more than worth keeping your site running smoothly.

Even on the other end of the scale, you might find that a high-end VPS plan will be a better option than a low-end dedicated server.

Price- $10 to $150 per month.

3. Dedicated Hosting- When traffic on your site exceed 100k/month

Dedicated hosting is the type of hosting in which the server and the resources are dedicated to the single client and the client will get the root access to the server and has the full control over it, unlike the shared hosting. You can customize your server according to your requirement.
Maybe you get a completely unmanaged computer where you would even install the OS by yourself.

Pricing of the dedicated server depends on your choices of hardware and other resources such as bandwidth, RAM, storage space. Dedicated plans also come in form of managed and unmanaged. In managed hosting, hosting provider will manage your server for you and solve any problem on the server. Dedicated Managed servers are generally more expensive.

However, there is one more aspect you need to consider, and that is hardware issues. With a Virtual Private Server, if a RAM module fails, another module will pick up the slack, or the defective hardware is quickly replaced by the hosting company automatically. However, with a dedicated server, the wait time might be longer, especially if you are completely responsible for monitoring the health of the server. Although this is very rare but still you have to consider.
You need to be a technical guy for managing dedicated servers. as there are a lot of configuration required for hosting your site on the dedicated server.
If you are not a technical its good idea to hire a server admin to configure and manage your website.

When to Use a Dedicated Server

This type of hosting is best suited for the large size organization or the websites with huge amount of traffic or if you have extremely specialized hardware requirements, or you need to have a massive amount of control over data privacy. When you’re on a dedicated server, you are separate from everyone else, which isn’t always a good thing but is unbeatable from a security point of view.
Amazon web services(aws) is most popular and trustworthy dedicated hosting service provider.

Pricing: $100 and above

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4. Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is becoming popular these days. The main concept of cloud hosting is “Divide and Rule” – the resources required for maintaining your website are spread across more than one web server, and are rendered as per need basis.
This greatly reduces chances of any downtimes in case of a server malfunction.

Another noteworthy aspect is that cloud hosting allows you to manage peak loads easily, without facing any bandwidth issues, since another server can provide the additional resources in such a case. Hence, your website doesn’t rely on just one server, and rather a cluster of servers that work together and are termed as “the cloud”.

Cloud Hosting vs Dedicated Servers

When you compare dedicated servers to cloud hosting, the reliability factor is a quite solid case in the latter case, since you’ve got multiple servers at your disposal as opposed to a single dedicated server that allows you to cope-up with any emergencies without breaking a sweat.

However, the pricing varies depending upon your actual usage – in the case of heavy usage; cost factor associated with cloud architecture may be slightly higher, though so is its resilience too.

5. Self Hosting

Hosting a Web site isn’t as hard as you might think. In fact, if you already know how to create a Web site on someone else’s Web server, you can have your own Web server running in less than an hour. You need to understand the concepts of self-hosting a home page, including DNS, dynamic IP addressing, Web servers, and security.
The hard part is keeping your site 24*7 available as you will be needing a powerful system with awesome hardware configuration and a dedicated high-speed internet working all the time.


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