Types of Hosting or Web Hosting
In the previous post of this blog, we have tried to explain simply what hosting or web hosting is, where you can hire this type of Service, and in what aspects we should look at when hiring hosting for a website. In this entry, we will explain what the main types of Hosting Services or Web Hosting available to you today, as well as the aspects in which these types of Web Hosting Services differ are.
Main Types of Hosting or Web Hosting
While there are other types of Web Hosting Services designed to cover particular needs, the main types of Hosting Services or Web Hosting existing today are the following:
- Free Hosting
Free Hosting is a Web Hosting Service that we should not pay anything. Usually, the features offered by this hosting are minimal. Thus, both the space available to host the files on our website and the monthly transfer is often minimal. These hosting services are usually free of charge because they introduce advertising into the web pages that are hosted using them.
- Shared Hosting
Shared Hosting or shared Web hosting consists of hosting multiple web pages on the same Web server, so that the resources of that server are shared among all web pages hosted on it. In this way, the costs of the Web server are shared among all the websites hosted on it, resulting in a reasonably economical web hosting service that is suitable for sites that do not have special requirements or a very high number of monthly visits.
The main disadvantage that this type of hosting has for the user who hosts Your Website is derived from the very fact that your website will share resources with many other websites hosted on the same server. Thus, if for example one of those web pages belongs to a user who uses it to send spam, the IP address of the server can be added to a blacklist, causing all web pages hosted on the same server to be affected, and not being able to send any email until the problem is solved.
- VPS (Virtual Private Servers)
In this case, what we hire is a virtual server. That is, the hosting service provider uses the virtualization technique to divide a real Web server into several virtual servers. When we hire one of these virtual servers, we can work with it as if it were a non-shared Web server, and only we have access to it, although we will be sharing the resources of the real Web server with other virtual private servers hosted on it.
This type of web hosting has the advantage that it allows us to reserve resources in advance on the Web server to ensure the proper functioning of our Web page. For example: if our website is hosted in a shared hosting, it may happen that at any given time the rest of the web pages that share the web server with ours are getting a lot of traffic, causing the resources of the webserver to run out and causing our website to respond slowly or even causing it to be inaccessible. This, however, does not happen if our site is hosted on a Virtual Private Server (VPS – Virtual Private Server) because in this case, we will have resources reserved on the Web server for our website regardless of whether we are using them or not, and therefore, what happens to the rest of the web pages hosted on the same real server will not affect the performance of our website.
- Dedicated Servers
When we hire a dedicated server, that server will be unique and exclusively used by us. In this case, all the resources of the server are available for the use we want to give it.
- Cloud Hosting or Web Hosting in “the cloud”
In this type of Web hosting, the resources of multiple Web servers are combined so that for us, they act as a single server on which we can host our Web page. The main advantage of this type of hosting is its high flexibility since it allows us to adjust dynamically and in real-time the resources used by our website according to the real demand of support that the site needs at every moment. Thus, for example, if at any given time our website receives a peak of traffic, a higher number of resources would be used to be able to handle all that traffic and the moment that peak disappears, the website will use a smaller number of resources, adapting to the new levels of traffic that it is receiving.
What type of hosting to choose?
The most suitable type of Hosting or Web Hosting will depend in no small extent on the needs of your project. If you’re going to start a new project and you don’t have any special requirements, Shared hosting is likely to be more than enough. If your project is successful and begins to grow, shared hosting will be insufficient, but you can always migrate your website or web application to a more powerful hosting, such as a virtual private server (VPS), a dedicated server or even a Cloud Hosting.
On the other hand, if you do not have technical knowledge of computer systems configuration and administration, it is best to delegate these tasks to the Hosting service provider by hiring a managed Web Hosting Service.