When we decide to have a hosting account, the first question is to decide which webhosting type we need to go with?
Technology has introduced various platforms for webhosting. They can be catagorised as follows :
- Shared hosting
- Reseller hosting
- Semi-dedicated hosting
- VPS hosting
- Dedicated hosting
It is crucial to understand the differences among the types of hosting offered. As the Web hosting industry has matured, hosting offers have split into a few distinct categories, each with strengths and weaknesses.
Shared hosting means that we are sharing a server with other clients of that company. The host manages the server almost completely.
Hosting can afford to charge us little since many clients are paying for use of the server.However, companies other than ours use the resources of that server.
Heavy traffic to one of the other sites on the server can hammer the performance of our site. Also, we typically are unable to install special software programs on these types of machines because the host will need to keep a stable environment for all of the clients using the server.
Offering gigs of disk space with tons of gigs of bandwidth that too at a very cheap rate, is possible only with Shared hosting as resources are shared on a single server amongst hundreds and thousands of users.
Reseller hosting enables us to resell the shared hosting to our end user clients. Here, the original hosting provider stays anonymous and to our end user clients we appear to be the primary hosting provider.
Later as our client number increases, the option to switch to VPS or Dedicated server hosting is preferred.
Semi dedicated hosting is similar to shared hosting, but here the number of users on a particular server is very less and limited as compared to the overfilled shared hosting servers.
VPS hosting also known as Virtual Private Server, is an intermediate hosting between shared and dedicated hosting. VPS hosting servers are the small servers that are hosted on a main VPS server.