For many web project owners, the choice of hosting is a problem. Firstly, the hosting service itself is not easy from a technical point of view. Secondly, there are many hosting providers that position themselves as reliable professionals, but it is not always easy to choose them among a really decent decent person.
Main hosting types
- virtual hosting (Shared);
- virtual dedicated server (VPS hosting);
- dedicated physical server (Dedicated);
- cloud hosting (Cloud hosting);
- colocation (placement of the client’s equipment in the provider’s data center).
Before choosing between the offers of various providers, you need to determine which type of hosting is right for you. Let’s consider them in more detail.
Shared Hosting (Shared)
Shared hosting is a server that hosts many websites. They use wide software and have different capabilities. There can be about sites on one server. As a rule, such hostings have small web resources that do not require large capacities and disk spaces. Due to its low cost and no cost in server administration, shared hosting is the most common choice among users.
Virtual Dedicated Servers (VPS Server)
VPS differs from virtual hosting in that the owner of such a server can use and use any products. Essentially, managing a VPS server does not go beyond managing a local server.
The site on the VPS is allocated rights in accordance with the tariff. This is not always possible in a Shared-hosta collection where server resources are loaded quickly between all sites.
Dedicated physical server (Dedicated)
The user is provided with a separate server in the data center for self-management using any operating system that changes products for their needs. Such hostings are used for large-scale resource-intensive projects with high demand and are well suited for large online stores with high traffic or, for example, online games.
Cloud hosting (Cloud hosting)
Cloud hosting is a unified system of servers on which client sites are located. Multiple servers are not distributed among sample groups. This requires the resource to perform as expected, regardless of whether it originates from building any one server.
In addition to increased performance, cloud hosting attracts customers with other benefits. Firstly, the user pays only for the resources that are used – the price of the service depends on the volume of power consumption.
Secondly, on cloud hosting, when using the load, the allocated resources automatically increase or decrease. Thanks to this distribution of capacities, the client does not require computing resources to select the optimal tariff.
Colocation literally translates as “co-location”, which accurately describes this type of hosting service. Your server ends up on the technological platform of the provider (data center), which runs it with a high-speed Internet channel and takes care of the content environment.
Compared to creative ideas, Colocation hosting is born with great freedom for implementation, but it requires highly professional knowledge to work with it. Thus, the development of a web project is limited only by your imagination and capabilities – any necessary technical parameters, such as large disk space or new software, can be added as needed.
Which is better to choose?
If you have just launched an Internet project and decided to be hosted on the surrounding hosting, then the first task you face is the choice between paid and useful hosting.
I must say right away that the second option is only suitable for small business card sites or home pages that are not designed for a wide audience. The fact is that free hosting does not use a number of conditions occupied by the work of the site.
First of all, this concerns a stable environment, which, due to frequent failures and forced shutdowns, deprives visitors of access to the site, and its owner – of such visitors.
Pay attention to four nuances
In addition, free hosting often lacks useful tools: Perl, MySQL, PHP, databases, mail, and more. Also, the upcoming site will advertise the hosting provider, the domain name will most likely be the third level (for example, example.hostname.com).
When using the service for free, you are unlikely to be able to make any demands on the hosting provider. Therefore, for medium and even more so corporate and commercially oriented sites and other serious Internet projects, it is recommended to connect paid hosting. But how not to make a mistake when choosing it?
When choosing a hosting, pay attention to four nuances:
- amount of disk space;
- a set of technical functions and tools;
- the level of technical support;
- value for money hosting services.
- Let’s deal with them in order.