Setting up a website these days is simple and anyone can do it….. right?
Well, I mostly agree in part. With a little technical ability and spare time, you’ll be able to choose a web hosting and get a website up and running fairly easily. However, before you make the leap, it’s always best to research your options beforehand. You’ll see a lot of terms thrown about that can be confusing for a beginner.
The most basic form of web hosting is called Shared Hosting. Most web hosts offer this type of hosting and it is usually the cheapest. There are limits on storage and bandwidth in line with the amount you pay monthly. You have no control over how many other accounts you share a server with.
Pros – Cheap.
Cons – Usage restrictions and generally low spec servers.
Best for – Small business owners dipping their toes in to try web hosting.
Next up is Cloud Hosting. This takes place on a network of connected servers that link up to make the “cloud”. This is generally more reliable and faster than Shared Hosting, however, this also comes at a cost.
Pros – Still relatively cheap.
Cons – Usage restrictions and little customisation.
Best for – Small business owners wanting more reliable hosting that can handle increased traffic during busy periods.
Managed WordPress Hosting
Managed WordPress hosting is a type of web host that specialises in the delivery of WordPress websites. They usually use a cloud provider (such as Google or Amazon Web Services) and add their own software layer on top to “manage” the WordPress installs.
Pros – Usually very good performance.
Cons – Expensive for what it is.
Best for – Small business owners wanting fast, reliable hosting with a technical team to assist with WordPress related issues.
VPS hosting comes when large physical servers are broken down into smaller “virtual” servers and used to run websites. VPS hosting is great for websites that have outgrown Shared or Cloud Hosting but aren’t at the point of requiring a dedicated server.
Pros – Cheap.
Cons – Need technical know-how to set up and manage.
Best for – Small business owners wanting a low cost, reliable hosting that can handle high traffic loads.
Dedicated hosting is similar to VPS hosting except you utilise the whole physical server rather than smaller parts of it virtually.
Pros – Unlimited configuration and scope.
Cons -Expensive and need technical know-how to set up and manage.
Best for – Established businesses that want to host many sites on one server, implement their own security protocols, handle high traffic volumes, or store huge amounts of data.
Now that you understand the types of web hosting available you can make an informed choice in selecting a web host.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Also, if you are wondering what type of web hosting I offer, it’s a hybrid combination of VPS, Cloud and Managed hosting.