Do I need Shared Hosting, VPS, Cloud or Dedicated Server?

Which hosting should I choose? There are a number of options to choose from, however we normally recommend VPS or Cloud based hosting for our clients.

Here are a few facts to help you to understand why…

Back in the mid-90s there were only a few services available for hosting a website. By around 2002 website hosting finally started to come into its own and we were now offered choices such as Linux or windows for around $9 a month or if you preferred, you could opt for renting a whole server for substantially more.

Today there are far more choices.The real question now comes down to which type of hosting is right for you? There are 4 different types of hosting today. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Here are the 4 main types of hosting:

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is the most commonly used option. In this instance the host sells you a portion of a server that they be divided up among as many customers as possible. Each customer gets their equal share of the system resources and they can use this portion to do what they wish providing they don’t consume too much of the server’s RAM or CPU.

If you are just getting started or you have a small site that won’t attract a ton of traffic, shared hosting would be the budget option for you. If you have a somewhat larger site though, this could cause a lot of downtime as your site may use too many resources.

VPS Hosting

VPS – Virtual Private Server. Similar to shared hosting you are still sharing a server with other customers. However, with VPS you are given a higher guaranteed amount of RAM and CPU limits in addition to more control over the server itself (You will need to have the system professionally configured).

If you have a website that gets a lot of traffic you really do need at least a VPS. In most cases they are, faster and more reliable than shared hosting accounts and are able to handle a great deal more users and more complexity.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting means leasing an entire server on which you will host your website. You now get access to all the hardware and software from your web server software including the operating system. You will need to have the whole set up configured and will have real time admin and protection for your site(s). This is a very safe route for larger companies.

If however you have security sensitive data on your site or a high traffic load, then a dedicated server would be the right approach for you.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting, is often hosting without having to concern yourself with any of the hardware. For example you never know how many are using the same physical hardware, and frankly it doesn’t matter. If a piece of the hardware fails another takes over. With this transparency also comes scalability. This is the ability to seamlessly add RAM and hard disk space with little to no input on your end.

Cloud hosting requires a rather heavy knowledge of web server software if you want it handled effectively. Our team of experts give you the peace of mind that you can host your web property in a safe and scaleable environment without having to worry about the technical details yourself.

For a site that is growing quickly or one that experiences drastic traffic fluctuations the cloud is definitely the most effective solution.

In the long run the type of hosting you choose depends on your experience level as well as the number of visitors you plan on seeing at your site.

We can help you to select the hosting that best suits your needs and we offer reasonable pricing for the most advanced solutions, with highly skilled personnel to monitor and configure your hosting for you.

Contact us today to discuss the hosting that best suits your business needs online.