If you look at the hosting services provided by the internet hosting companies, they are a lot. We will briefly touch array of services to facilitate you make the right choice for your individual or business needs.
1. Free Web Hosting
The starting point of every online service is “free” or basic membership. The services offered via free web hosting plans have varying limitations and you should opt for them only when you have stringent budget to fulfil your needs. A good example of free web hosting is your free web blogs that are hosted on WordPress, Blogger and other platforms.
- Free of cost
- Limited facilities
- No monetary benefits
If you plan to share resources (on the server) with other websites, this type of hosting works well. However, this reduces your service features because you’re sharing with someone else. It acts as a stepping-stone for the clients planning to start-off their online presence. Economical in nature, shared hosting invites companies and individuals to register their presence on the Internet servers without involving them into long-winded set-ups and management processes. In this type of hosting, a physical server hosts multiple clients’ websites onto it, providing common pool of compute resources to each of the shared hosting client (such as RAM, speed, storage).
- Low cost and easy to set-up
- No server management headaches
- Limited resources at your disposal
- Requires no or minimum technical expertise
- Unlimited Bandwidth (though conditional)
- Easy to use admin panel
- No Root Access
- Limited resources at your disposal
- Performance issues
- Spamming Attacks
- Poor customization flexibility
- Restrictions on programs and modules
3. VPS Hosting
VPS functions on the division of server resources and provides you access to the virtual servers. In the modern vigilant digital landscape, this is an ideal alternative for all range of SME’s to opt for VPS hosting that offers enhanced control and power. Economical in characteristics, it is built with a shared kernel technology, mostly Open VZ/ Vituazzo.
In addition, virtual private server is an isolated, virtualized server environment in which a physical server is partitioned into multiple servers, where a user can run an individual copy of his/her desired operating system.
It is equipped with easy-to-use control panel and set up wizards and provides a graphical interface and automation tools to streamline the hosting process. It supports a wide range of web apps and also offers web masters to reboot, rebuild, set root password, and customize software.
- Low cost
- Offers enhanced capabilities on demand
- Easy migration
- Full control
- Enhanced customization
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Resources are shared
- Performance disturbs in peak hours and traffic spikes
4. Dedicated Server Hosting
Businesses with high-end CPU-intensive applications and strict security requirements can choose this web hosting alternative. Dedicated hosting offers you complete control over your content and server (though you don’t own it). You pay the rent (annual fee) and get the space/server facility and manage it by yourself. This allows faster performance and better results. Dedicated Servers can be customized by CPU, storage capacity, capability, cores, RAM, and clustering capabilities. Since the server is allocated to one client, it fully addresses the strict and benchmark performance, scalability and agility demands of the businesses. Owing to the same enhanced performance benchmark, this seems to be the best hosting option for businesses.
- Full root access
- Dedicated hardware
- Best choice for the websites with moderate or high traffic
- Freedom to install requisite modules and programs
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited disk space
- Flexibility to select desired OS (Windows, Linux, and Solaris) & hardware platform (HP, Dell, and Xeon).
- 100% up time
- Faster speed, connectivity and upload time
- Higher cost of maintenance
- Requires technical expertise
- Problem diagnostics & resolution is difficult
- Complex server management
5. Cloud Hosting Service
This is probably the newest and trendy fashion these days. Since people are preferring cloud services and cloud storages due to a range of reasons, cloud hosting services have become very popular. The best thing for consumer in it is, it only incurs charges for the resources which are exactly consumed by the user. Hence, it is considered low-cost as compared to other hosting services which have a flat fee. However cloud hosting has been subject to lots of concerns over security and data privacy.
Cloud hosting is similar to VPS hosting facility but with the following differences.
- You can downsize or enlarge your cloud server (RAM/CPU) to an unprecedented level. Like, you can go for enlarging it during peak traffic and downsize when it runs normal • You can control your bills by balancing your required server needs.
- Horizontal scaling – It means cloud servers can be moved to other hardware while it’s running.
- Cloud-based servers allow your website to grow and attract more traffic easily.
The listed 5 are the top web hosting services when it comes to picking up for your business sites; however, there are some small but equally interesting types too. In the following we are listing them for your information as well.
6. Reseller Web Hosting
This is another (limited) web hosting facility which allows you to host the websites using a reseller account. The size may vary depending on the server type and requirements.
7. Collocated Web Hosting
In terms of cost and features, collocated web hosting service is the most expensive and premium type of hosting service. It is similar to the dedicated web hosting service with a slight difference. Here, the subscriber owns the collocated servers (not otherwise). They can visit the data centre and have access to their assets.
8. Clustered Hosting
This is ideal option if you’ve a website (in basic version) and you plan to scale it up after some time. It offers scalability and optimum resource utilization. In addition to these, we have home server hosting, grid hosting and few others as well; however they do not carry as much weightage. You can check with your web hosting service provider and see what other facilities do they offer and which one particularly suits your business needs and budget.