Shared Hosting

The most basic and cost-effective method to host a website.

Websites using this type of hosting will share resources with other websites who are also using shared hosting on a single server. Many websites do not require space or resources of their own – paying for their own server is not necessary.

Since the resources are split across all websites using the same server, each website will have access to a finite or limited amount of resources. This allows the cost of shared hosting to remain relatively low when compared with other available hosting options.

It is possible for an increase in web traffic to another site using the same server to cause performance issues on your website. Prior to utilizing shared hosting, it is important to consider drawbacks such as the user experience as it related to performance issues.

Shared hosting can be compared to sharing an office with many other employees with each working in his or her own cubicle space.

VPS (virtual private server) Hosting

If you or your business has outgrown a shared hosting plan, the next option is a VPS hosting plan.

When using a VPS, you will still share resources with other websites. However, the number of websites is decreased which will increase your website’s performance. Essentially, all the websites are still on a single server but that server is then split into many ‘virtual servers’. This works to increase the number of resources for each website and helps to increase the performance of each website.

Additionally, virtual servers allows for customization for each website. Users of VPS can be granted root access that will enable the website owner(s) to run custom configurations on the website.

VPS can compared to having your own private office within a larger office building.

Dedicated Hosting

A dedicated host provides users with their own server.

Use of a dedicated host will provide faster website speeds and more website uptime.

Dedicated hosting can be compared to owning the office building.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is similar to VPS hosting. It includes multiple remote servers which provides some level of protection – if one server has problems, it is not likely to impact your website’s performance and functionality as one of the other servers is able to take over the operations.

When one considers the other types of hosting, it is necessary to conduct a cost-benefit analysis comparing cost to the resources. With cloud hosting, one is able to pick and choose the needed resources and pay accordingly. It is possible, at any time, for the website owner to adjust the resources in the admin dashboard.

Cloud hosting seems the best solution and allows on-demand scaling up or down of resources and pay accordingly.

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