For most individuals and businesses web hosting is a common phrase thrown around during website development, but not a lot of people know what it means or how to use it effectively. Basically, every single website, both big and small, is stored on massive servers.
Their data, videos, images, and texts all exist in a physical server somewhere that is owned by a company that rents website owners space. It’s almost like living in an apartment, where the landlord or company, owns the apartment/server that is owned by an individual as long as rent is paid.
The easiest and most common example of this relationship is a domain name. Naming a website ‘mycompanynamehere.com’ or ‘Homehearth.net’ are names that can be used by a business but only if they are unique and also paid for. Domain names don’t cost too much per month, but if that ‘rent’ isn’t paid then the website gets shut down.
Different types of web hosting
Now that web hosting is seen as being important, the question is which type is good for the business that it’s being used for.
Four different types of servers exist in the world and each one has pros and cons when it comes to storage, control, and speed, and each one will be good for a certain type of website.
Shared hosting: This is considered a beginners level of hosting, and simply puts your website on the same server as many others. For a website that is receiving constant yet moderate traffic and that uses standard software such as Wikimedia or a blogging site like WordPress, it’s a good strategy.
However, it is unable to handle large spikes in traffic and with so many sites on the same server, it can slow speed across the board for everyone.
Private server: The opposite of shared hosting, this server limits itself to a few people at a time, and helps keep the accounts secure. While it can handle larger traffic levels, it can still affect speed.
Dedicated server: The server is exclusive to the website and increases the ability to handle users, security, and speed, but it also costs a lot.
Cloud hosting: This has many servers for one website, and because of the power it can handle unlimited traffic, which is expensive, but not as expensive as a dedicated server.
Which one works for the website?
Businesses should take into account the number of users their websites receive every month and if they are going to make any changes to that user count. Also, taking the cost of both the server and the domain name into account will help avoid any unnecessary fees.
All businesses and individuals should have an understanding of their website domain name and web hosting, in order to make any changes as well as monitor the website for problems and slow speeds. Then the server can be upgraded.
By doing the proper amount of research into the hosting type and company, businesses can have another understanding of their website and then use that to their advantage.