What is Web Hosting? What types of accommodation are there?

What types of web hosting are there?

Most web hosts offer different types of hosting and each will have a varying cost. It all depends on your website needs. We’ve compiled a list below to help you understand which type of accommodation is right for you.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is when a web hosting provider hosts several different websites on the same server. This is the most affordable form of hosting because you share the same server, so you share the costs. If you are looking to start a blog or have a business just starting up, shared hosting is a good option.

In the past, sharing a server could lead to issues where a spike in traffic or resource usage from a single site would slow down its “neighboring” websites. However, nowadays web hosting subscriptions come with a generous amount of resources that guarantee good performance.

WordPress Hosting

WordPress hosting simply means hosting that has been optimized for WordPress at the server level to ensure smooth browsing.

How is WordPress different from regular hosting? Although the details vary by provider, most WordPress hosting packages offer these common features:

  1. Simple one-click installation that skips the dozen manual steps of setting up a new WordPress site. At one.com, WordPress installs automatically in less than a minute.
  2. Optimized server configurations for faster loading of WordPress sites. This could include performance cache optimizations and other tweaks.
  3. Security measures to protect against common WordPress vulnerabilities. As WordPress powers over 30% of the web, it is regularly attacked. You may also come across “Managed WordPress”, which often refers to a predefined secure environment that restricts the use of unsupported or vulnerable plugins.

WordPress hosting can run on shared, VPS, or dedicated servers.

VPS Hosting

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. Like shared hosting, websites that run on VPS share a physical server with other websites. However, each VPS tenant has its own partition with guaranteed dedicated resources. There is often more memory, storage and processing power available, with a corresponding price.

VPS hosting is recommended for very experienced users with server management skills. VPS clients have root access to their partition and can configure their server software, for example Ubuntu, CentOS or Windows Server. This offers a high level of customization for running web applications designed for these systems.

You might come across “Business Hosting” or “Premium Hosting”, which are generic terms that some hosts associate with VPS hosting managed by their in-house experts. However, support levels, subscription details, and pricing vary widely, so be sure to research these services thoroughly before signing up.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting means you have the entire server to yourself. It gives you access like a VPS, but you don’t have to share the server with other sites or apps. Basically, you are renting a physical web server hosted on your service provider’s premises. You also have professional support and expertise at your fingertips when needed.

This premium web hosting is only guaranteed for very demanding business websites. Small and medium businesses don’t need to spend thousands of dollars every month to rent a dedicated web server for their business.

Cloud Hosting

These days, cloud hosting has become a bit of a nebulous term. We therefore strongly recommend that you take a close look at what you get if you sign up for “Cloud Hosting”.

In the beginning, “cloud hosting” referred to a scalable VPS setup across multiple servers; this way, if your web application had a sudden spike in traffic, the system would be able to provide more resources and keep everything running smoothly. Cloud hosting would have a more variable pricing model and fluid specs as a result.

However, as the popularity of cloud computing has grown, some companies have started using the term for their regular shared or VPS hosting. Other providers like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure offer cloud computing services, which usually include cloud hosting alongside a range of other advanced tools for cloud-based operations. While possible, hosting a typical website with one of these “hyperscalers” running millions of servers can present a high technical hurdle

James S. Joseph