Top 5 Ways to Host your Website in 2019
What is web hosting?
You’ve just created a website or paid a web design company to develop it for you, but no one can visit the website until you move it onto a server. Think of the server as the physical house for your website. Web hosting is the service provided by a web hosting company that maintains and manages your website on your server.
Start-up companies prefer going for the most inexpensive type of hosting, but cheaper hosting comes with limitations. Once traffic increases on your website and business grow, then you may decide it’s time to upgrade your webserver to something faster or more secure. In this blog, we will tell you in simple terms all you need to know about the top 5 web hosting solutions.
With so many hosting plans, it’s really is hard to choose which type of hosting or web hosting company to go with.
Looking at these top 5 web hosting solutions, we will provide the pros and cons of each one. Hopefully, it will help you choose which one best serves your business needs:
- Shared web hosting
What it is: A shared server hosts your website with up to hundreds, or even thousands, of other websites on the same physical server.
Pros: It is low-cost. Shared web hosting is the cheapest form of hosting you’ll find, ranging from $3 to $10 per month.
Cons: Its biggest drawback is if the other websites on the shared server become more popular than your website, they will compete for resources and it will have a negative impact on your website’s performance. Another important drawback of shared hosting is that security breaches can spread across a shared host as there are so many doors potentially left open.
Who it’s for: Small to mid-sized startups should consider shared web hosting to cut down costs.
Example: Bluehost is an example of shared web hosting.
- Dedicated Web Server
What is it: A dedicated web server is the exact opposite of a shared server; a dedicated web server means that one physical server is 100% reserved for one customer or website.
Pros: With your own dedicated server, other websites won’t slow down your website (which can happen on a shared server). This is the highest level of the server where you can rent one physical server from a hosting company and have full control of it.
Cons: It’s very costly; a dedicated web server can be the most expensive form of hosting, costing over $100 per month. Also, it can only run one type of operating system (Linux or Windows).
Who’s it for A larger company with the budget for a dedicated web server.
Example: Hostgator offers dedicated servers.
- Virtual Private Server
What it is: In a Virtual Private Server, or VPS, a physical server is separated into several ‘virtual machines’. Each VPS operates completely independently from the others. A website hosted on a VPS is spread across many virtual machines, although these machines are all physically located on one single server.
Pros: A VPS is scalable; this means you can start small with just one or a few virtual machines to power your website, and then you can add more as your website grows or your traffic grows. It is also lower cost, but more expensive than a shared server (costs range from $15 – $65 per month).
Cons: Because all the virtual machines are still physically hosted on one single server, you are limited to the physical constraints of one server (which is why this option is less flexible then cloud-based servers, which is next on the list). But this is what makes it a lower cost option because you only use one physical server.
Who it’s for: If your website deals with a fairly large amount of traffic or if you want your website to display more quickly, but you do not want to pay the high cost of a completely dedicated server a VPS may be the best option for you.
Example: InMotion is an example of VPS hosting.
- Cloud-based web hosting
What it is: This type of web hosting works a lot like a Virtual Private Server. Like a VPS, which hosts a website across multiple virtual machines, cloud-based hosting hosts your website across multiple physical servers. The multiple servers are connected in a network and act like one server.
Pros: The flexibility, reliability, and security of high-quality hosting make cloud-based web hosting the preferred hosting option for many. It can handle and respond to issues that arise quickly, without affecting your website. For example, if one of your servers in a cloud-based system fails, its files and functional responsibilities are instantly migrated to another server. Like VPS, it is also scalable; if there’s an increase in traffic on your website, you can easily add more server space.
Cons: It’s more expensive than VPS ($30 to $150 per month), but it also comes with higher performance capabilities.
Who it’s for: Cloud-based hosting works best for mid-sized to large companies who deal with a lot of traffic and require a high-performing website.
Example: A2 Hosting is an example of cloud web hosting.
- Managed WordPress Hosting
What it is: WordPress hosting is a type of hosting offered to websites made in WordPress. A WordPress website does not have to be hosted on a WordPress server, but WordPress servers are optimized for WordPress sites. There are two types of hosting options: shared WordPress hosting and managed WordPress hosting.
Pros: A WordPress server is optimized to meet a WordPress website’s performance and security needs. A shared hosting option will still be optimized for the WordPress website, and it can start quite cheap (around $3 a month).
Cons: It’s only for WordPress websites, and the managed hosting option, which offers better security, faster speeds and better performance, is more expensive (starting around $25 per month).
Who it’s for: Small startups and bloggers should choose cheap shared WordPress hosting and websites with higher traffic should choose managed WordPress hosting.
Example: GoDaddy offers WordPress Hosting.
Choosing the right hosting solution can seem overwhelming. But when you break it down into these 5 most basic options, the right choice becomes a lot clearer.