Choosing a web host and a hosting plan can be a big challenge. But you can make the right decision based on a number of factors such as the size of your website and your traffic volume. There are different types of web hosting plans and if you know each one’s benefits, it will become easier to choose the perfect one.
In this guide, I will list the main benefits of the three web hosting types so that you can select a plan that does justice to your website and business.
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Shared hosting is cost effective and is available in plans as small as $2 per month. Many web hosts will offer you sufficient disk space and bandwidth in cheap prices to run your site efficiently. Many will promote their services with “unlimited” taglines, but keep in mind that shared web hosting doesn’t come with anything “unlimited.”
Shared hosting may not offer you the level of customization available with dedicated hosting, but it does offer more convenience. The web servers will be managed by the host, so all you have to do is focus on running your business.
Dedicated web hosting is more reliable than shared hosting. In shared hosting, you will be sharing a server and its resources with other accounts. If those websites need more space than their limits, they are going to affect your site’s performance. In dedicated web hosting, as the name suggest, the server is dedicated to you. So you don’t have to worry what other websites are doing. All the server resources are available to you.
You can configure your server. Your business is going to grow with time and so is your website. If you have a shared hosting plan, you will have to upgrade after some time because your site will require additional resources – disk space, bandwidth, more powerful CPU and more RAM. But with a dedicated plan you will have a dedicated server and all its resources at your service. You could expand your website without worrying about the increased demand on the server resources.
You can determine the operating system or programs you want to install on your dedicated server. You don’t have to rely on the web host for the security of your data.
Dedicated servers are more secure because no other account exists on your server. In shared hosting, the scripts run by other websites can have an impact on your website. Many web hosts have shared servers which are not PCI compliant. But dedicated servers are PCI compliant and provide higher level of security. You could also install your own security programs on your server.
When it comes to cloud hosting, server location and capacity are the “responsibility” of the vendor. So if your business needs any unexpected changes, the cloud vendors will have to manage and make room for it. This also means that if there is some unforeseen surge in traffic, you don’t have to worry whether your cloud server will be able to manage the increased load.
Enhanced Information Security
Cloud hosting helps increase security of your data. Cloud solutions providers are required to adhere to strict ISO security standards. Besides, your data has multiple copies stored in different locations, ensuring additional security.
The cloud solutions provider will provide all the updates without charging anything extra. One of the benefits of this feature is that the UI remains updated all the time. Another feature is that it helps keep the security updated at all times.
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