Different Types of Web Hosting Accounts


What is shared hosting?

Shared hosting is a budget effective solution for your website. The idea here is that several websites (accounts) reside on one server and share its resources. Each account has access to certain resources such as disk space, bandwidth, memory, etc. This might be the plan for you if you have a personal or small business website which does not require a lot of I/O resources. In case you have a large website that has a lot of visitors, that needs a lot of disk space, etc., a shared plan will not work for you since it will slow down the performance of your site and will most probably lead to suspension of your account.

What is a virtual private server?

A virtual private server is a hosting solution that tends to have more flexibility. You will have more resources compared to a shared plan which will help to have an optimized website. What is more important here, though, is that you will have root access to the server. This will allow you to install and manage any application that you want, since it will be like having a personal computer, without the inconvenience of thinking where to put it in your room. You will be able to monitor your site and make sure that it is available 24/7. If you do not have experience with server management, you might want to consider taking a control panel or search for a host which provides full managed servers. Of course, the latter option will require a lot more funds to be invested.

What is a dedicated server?

If you have a website(s) that requires a lot of I/O resources, you might want to consider taking a dedicated server. With this you will receive dedicated resources available only for your plan which will provide you with the option to have a high performing site. These servers, of course, are very costly but depending on the type of business you would like to have, it might be worth considering them as a solution. You will provide your visitors with an optimized, easily accessible site with perfect load performance.

In order to choose which of the mentioned above plans is suitable for you, you should first consider what your needs are. Once you have this determined, choosing a plan will be easy with the many options offered on the market.

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