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Articles / 25/03/2015
How to Choose a Hosting Type?
Choosing a hosting type might become a difficult and onerous task. There simply are too many hosting types and so many different plan packages to choose from. Can you handle it? Let’s see if we can help.
You might ask why it is so important as the only thing that matters is that you actually have your online project running. It does matter. It is not enough that you have your project running, but soon you might realize that it is not going in the right direction at all.
For example, many people make a mistake while choosing shared hosting. Those who don’t know that shared hosting is dedicated to smaller websites want it and later on regret their decision as their requirements grow, and they suddenly need more resources. They have to swap to VPS or dedicated servers quickly, as the overuse of resources is not allowed by any hosting provider. This causes some difficulties and consumes your time, thus evaluating your needs and growth potential is crucial before you choose your hosting.
To not get caught, I suggest meeting the main specifics that could help you to make the right decision from scratch. The few things that I suggest concentrating on are the purpose, IT knowledge, price, content, and performance of your server.
Before you host, think of what you will host. It will be an e-commerce website, a blog, or a video platform? For example, for business purposes, there is a strong suggestion to use VPS, cloud or dedicated hosting. Contrarily to that shared hosting will cover the needs of an individual website.
E-commerce or online stores usually require more resources. For that reason, plans that generate bigger traffic will work just fine. Choose from VPS or dedicated hosting that will give you total independence from the other users. For blogs or other personal websites, I suggest signing up for shared hosting and for those that already generate bigger traffic – VPS.
Also, think of what you will do with your account. The main question is if you are going to host multiple websites on the same one or only one? If yes, VPS, cloud, and dedicated hosting is required, if no – save some money and sign up for a shared one.
Those who think that a wide IT knowledge is required for any hosting task to achieve are completely wrong. If you are a beginner and only have the basics of IT, you will not get lost using shared hosting as it doesn’t require much. However, if you can brag of being an advanced user – take something more difficult as dedicated or cloud.
Mostly when you will be asked to choose a hosting plan, you will be required to decide which operating system you are going to work on. As you probably know, Windows is much simpler than Linux, so the hosting required is different. As for Windows, the suggestion is to use the cloud, VPS, or dedicated hosting. But Linux operating system might work just fine on each of them.
Another thing that probably matters the most is the price. Before you sign up, think about how much you can actually spend on your hosting. There is a variety of different pricing. For example, you are able to get shared hosting, starting from a few dollars, or buy dedicated hosting that might reach even $40.
Also, when thinking to decide what is more important to you – resources or price. Do you want just to get something cheap as it gets, or do you know that resources are an important part here? Notice that shared hosting will be the cheapest, but it will not provide as many resources as dedicated or cloud.
When we started to talk about cloud hosting, it is pretty important to notice that it will be more scalable and cost-efficient than other hosting types. So as in this case, price shouldn’t be an issue.
Furthermore, it is pretty important to consider what kind of content you are going to host on your website. Usually, interactive content will require more resources such as cloud or dedicated hosting. But if you are going in a simpler direction – shared or VPS will work just fine.
Also, most companies are worried about their privacy, so you should be too. Different hosting types have different security measures, as well. For example, if you know that privacy is of high importance to you – VPS, cloud, or dedicated hosting will help you to ensure this.
Despite all the factors mentioned, you should think about performance issues as well. The first thing that I suggest concentrating on is traffic. You should calculate the approximate traffic resources that your website will need. For example, small websites that are not really popular usually do not require many resources, which means that shared or VPS hosting will be fine. However, those big online projects as e-commerce will require dedicated or even cloud hosting.
Also, think about what should be included, or what you will want to include in your server. Let me give you an example: if you run a server and require server root access or you are going to install your own software and applications – you should sign up for VPS, Cloud, or dedicated hosting. In this case, shared hosting will not give you those possibilities.
There is a really strong suggestion to consider every issue that might occur while dealing with your server. Contrarily, you will end up like that person who has chosen shared hosting without knowing why and how it will work. If you want to avoid any difficulties, you need to make a thoughtful decision that requires some research and deepening your knowledge about the issue related.