In this world of computers and internet, it is no surprise that so many companies are now trying to get their websites on the internet as quickly and cheaply as possible. Every website on the internet requires that it be on a server. Some companies need absolute freedom in how they operate the server, desiring to control every aspect. However, some companies merely want their website online, and they don’t care much about the specifics. Luckily for them both, there are a few different types of web hosting available, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
The three types of web hosting that are most common are called shared hosting, VPS, and dedicated hosting. Shared hosting is when the server basically has many different websites operating off of it at the same time. There are a lot of negative effects to shared hosting. These can include running a lot slower than other types, having much more traffic that collides, and a huge lack of control and personalization of the server. However, shared hosting is really cheap, the cheapest of all of the hosting types, and if you don’t need a large amount of control of personalization, then shared hosting could be just about the perfect solution for you.
VPS, or virtual private servers, are another way of hosting your site. They are almost as cheap as shared hosting, but come with much more control and personalization capabilities, such as a dedicated server. This is done by logically segmenting the server, meaning that you create many servers out of the one; you devote some of the resources of one server to create many ‘virtual’ servers. This is a great way to have the personalization that you may need, while still keeping the costs low. The only real downside is that it can still be fairly small, and at times the backbone circuit could become overloaded with traffic.
Finally, dedicated hosting is the most expensive of the three. However, as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. With dedicated servers, you rent the entire server for your website. You don’t have to share even a little bit of it, meaning that you have free reign to do what you need to do with your website, and what you want to do, not limited by pre-set formats or operating systems. This can be a great solution for the large business that needs a lot of space and a lot of control, and dedicated servers give you everything that you need for your site to be exactly as you want it to be.
In conclusion, the three main types of servers are great for different situations and need. Each has the potential to be the ideal solution for a specific problem. Shared hosting is great for small needs, without a need for personalization. Virtual servers can be perfect for those who don’t need much space, but still need to personalize it, while dedicated servers give all the space and personalization that you need, but you pay for it.