What is web hosting?
Web hosting is a saas based service that allows people or businesses to host or store a website on a server and visible on the internet. Web hosting companies provide a data center in several locations from where the user reaches the information online very fast.
History of Web Hosting
In 1996 hosting a website on the Internet is costly and highly challenging. Very limited companies have their server because the price of the server is too high. In a day the website is running 24 hours, you know the things behind it. A server is a machine that stores the website data and transfers the data online. The servers are always on to live a website 24 hours. The server requires an electricity supply for 24 hours and a cold environment. There are high chances to get errors and crash the servers with continuously running. So many organizations can’t afford to buy a server.
In 1995 the online presence grew rapidly; some companies develop an infrastructure for the server and offering free and paid web hosting services. Now, various web hosting companies are competing with unique offer.
The type of Web hosting is as follows:
1. Shared web hosting
Shared web hosting is hosting where the hosting provider divides multiple partitions in a single server as per the user’s needs. While in one server, multiple websites are hosted, and this type of hosting is known as Shared web hosting. Usually, shared web hosting is the best choice for the starter because it is the cheapest and most cost-effective.
How much-shared web hosting cost: It cost $2 to $35.
When choosing a shared hosting plan, there are limited resources like bandwidth, storage, and many features described in the web hosting plan. The main drawback is when sharing a server with multiple websites, if any website traffic hikes in the same server, your website also goes down.
The beginning price of shared hosting is low, but when you renew, the price will increase by 30 to 80% that depends on the hosting company.
A shared hosting plan comes with many helpful tools such as one-click web builder installation(WordPress, Joomla), Free Domain, Free Email, Free SSL certificate, and many more.
Starting a website with shared hosting does not require high technical knowledge. It gives you a control panel from which you can control your website. You can also host multiple websites in a single shared hosting plan. So this makes shared hosting very cheap. If you select a small plan in shared hosting and your website traffic increase, you can upgrade that plan by paying the extra amount.
I recommend while choosing shared hosting, do research about the hosting company. If you have any doubts regarding hosting, you can comment, we will reply to you, and you can also ask in the Ask section,
Read some guides that help you a lot to get a winning web hosting.
2. Reseller web hosting
Reseller hosting is provided with a space in the server(depending on pricing) to resell to other people by giving them a Cpanel. If you want to buy yourself, then reseller hosting is not for you. The reseller web hosting is best for a developer, digital marketer, or another type of developer who can buy the reseller hosting and distribute it to the clients. Reseller hosting can purchase on your budget and depend on traffic on your client’s website. You can charge any amount to your client, whatever you want.
Reseller hosting is the best for the web agency because they already have a client source; add their hosting service and allow the client to better service. The web agency can manage a long relationship with the client and earn an amount monthly.
It needs a lot of clients to make it profitable. It also has the drawback that if a website on the same server gets high traffic, then the other websites may be slow or down. So before buying a reseller hosting, do research well and think of all the changes. The client’s faces problems will be a poor impression of your company brand.
3. Dedicated Web hosting
The hosting provider provides an entire server to the client. It means installing a server on a hosting farm and having complete control of that server. With the dedicated server, no need to worry about downtime and other related issues on a website. A dedicated server is for high traffic(in lakhs). The cost of a dedicated server is higher that depends on your need. If you have a dedicated server, you should expect high uptime or high loading speeds. The dedicated hosting requires a technical person to handle the servers. A dedicated server is usually for the business because they have a high volume of traffic. The business traffic is fluctuating more and more.
Tip: Buy a Dedicated server if you afford it for the long run.
Coast: A dedicated server costs $100 to $10000 per month.
4. virtual private web hosting
A virtual private server is a virtual machine that provides a preferred space in the server. It means you are renting a space in the server like the storage, Ram, CPU, or many factors. e.g., if you select 2GB ram, 2vcpu, and 20GB storage, the hosting provider will divide your partition in that server where your website will not affect others. If other websites hike in traffic means the server split into multiple small or virtual servers. It can be later customizable or expandable. If you need more ram, Vcpu you can raise it at any time. As seen in your computer has multiple storages such as c-disk, d-disk, e-disk, or more as you can create. Same as in a virtual private server. It means you do not worry about other websites.
Most website needs some high-performance server but not an entire server. So the best choice is to buy a VPS server. VPS server gives more exceeding freedom and flexibility.
Advantages of Virtual private server: Dedicated server resources, custom configuration to the server, high performance, high uptime, fast, selected cost, effective than dedicated server.
5. Cloud hosting
It is the most popular type of hosting. It is simply a network of servers. If your website gets high-volume traffic, then the server gets down. But in cloud hosting, Immediately, the other server on the network will take over your website and start working, so it is cost-effective. Most cloud hosting is working with the billing plan which means paying for what you use. Cloud hosting is the best for rapidly growing websites; if your website traffic is unpredictable, like sometimes 50k, 2lakh, 5lakh, 1lakh, 1million, or whatever, you can purchase a billing plan.
Cloud hosting has High security, scale resource, and less downtime. Price is not fixed, so increased traffic can increase the cost. It comes with a free SSL, free CDN, private DND, and daily backups that allow users to explore as many resources need without extraordinary work. With the network of servers, it has low chances to down the website which increases uptime and overall performance. It is scalable with many resources as required and only pays for what they needed.
6. Managed Hosting
Managed hosting is hosting in which the client rents an entire server but is not allowed complete control over it. The hosting provider will take care of the server as well as the technical error.
7. Colocation Hosting
In this, the hosting provider provides the physical space in the server farm and takes care of the server. Colocation hosting is the most expensive. The hosting provider offers electricity, storage facilities, and internet access for the server. Managing the server is hard, so you have to hire an administrator to handle, operate, upgrade, or any other changes to the server. In colocation hosting, you have complete control. You are responsible for any modification, hardware failure, or other reasons. If the hardware fails or any other issue, you have to replace and get the server back. Colocation Hosting requires a high investment, time, and expertise, so the small business can’t afford it.
8. Self-web hosting at home or office
Self-hosting is the best for a technical expert that has a lot of knowledge of the server. For setup, it requires suitable conditions like having a low temperature of about 10 to 20 degrees Celcius for cooling or the cheapest electricity. The server will run for 24 hours, so it requires the most affordable electricity. If the low temperature, it will decrease the cooling cost. If it’s set up at a high temperature, you need to cool the server with the cooling fan. Just imagine the server runs for 24 hours/365 days, then there is a high chance that the server fails.
What Type of Web Hosting Do I Need
The answer depends on your website like traffic and budgets. Once you figure out the traffic or the budget, I hope you could read the guide and relate it to your website. If you are not getting you can ask in the Ask section. We are happy to help you to find the best hosting types for your website.