The web hosting industry divides its services into various categories, so they can serve customers with different needs and budget. Below we will examine the various types of hosting plans the hosting industry offers.
Types of Hosting and What They Offer:
#1. Shared Hosting
This is the most common hosting plan. It means that the server (and server resources: disk, drive, processing power, RAM) that hosts your website is shared with other websites. Sometimes a shared server might host up to 10 – 15 other websites. It is also the cheapest plan.
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Companies that offer shared hosting packages undertake to cover any problem might occur related to the server.
The advantage of this solution is the low price, the ease of management and the fact that the customer does not need to have knowledge of managing a server.
If a site starts consuming a lot of resources, then it should be transferred to a VPS or Dedicated server, so as not to create a problem in the other sites and to be able to operate properly and quickly.
#2. Reseller Hosting
The server is again shared but the company that manages the server offers the possibility for the client to make reseller hosting and to host its client websites in his account with his own logo.
- Low price and large profit margins for the reseller
- Do not need Server Management knowledge but only management knowledge of the control Panel of his hosting.
- The reseller chooses on his own how to divide the resources of his package into his clients
- To have complete anonymity and no visible connection with the hosting company
#3. Virtual Private Servers or VPS Hosting
Each Virtual Private Server (VPS) is an isolated part of a physical server and works like an independent server with its own servers (CPU, RAM, disk space, drive) and control panels (Virtuozzo CP, Plesk Server Admin).
Resellers, webmasters and developers can have full control over their environment hosting and applications running (via Plesk and SSH) and can configure their VPS according to their needs (e.g. PHP, MySQL, etc.).
The advantage is that they have more resources than in the simple shared web hosting. The owner is not necessary to have advanced knowledge of programming and Management Server and the cost is lower than a dedicated server.
#4. Dedicated Servers
It is about renting an entire server to which only the client who rents the server will have access.
Dedicated servers are usually reserved for websites which consume a lot of system resources (data traffic, disk space, RAM/CPU) and are difficult to accommodate in packages like shared or VPS hosting.
Dedicated servers are divided into 2 categories:
A) Managed Dedicated Servers
Those who believe that they cannot manage themselves a dedicated server must choose a service/company that offers Managed Servers (almost all serious hosting providers offer managed server services).
Thus, the technical problems, the upgrades and the security of the server are borne by the company that provides the server.
B) Self-Managed dedicated servers (or Unmanaged Servers)
The owner of the server should have experience and knowledge in the server management so that it can solve all the problems that will be presented.
The company supports only the operating system, the control Panel, the hardware, the network connections of the server and nothing else.
Marie Antonescu is a blogger and WordPress expert. She gained knowledge of the server industry after almost ten years managing their websites and dealing with servers. She currently manages 5 websites including Techodom – a website that recommends tech products and gadgets that do not cost an arm and a leg to be purchased.