Shared web hosting, VPS (virtual private servers) Hosting, Dedicated Servers and Reseller Hosting are some of the well known hosting services offered by Hosting services provider. Actually all these different hosting packages are meant for different class of peoples. Like shared web hosting is for blogger and normal web page 2.0 while dedicated and VPS (virtual private servers) are used for business companies like e-commerce, file upload companies. They require a dedicated server for their business to provide uninterrupted services. Reseller hosting plan are means for those whore further sell hosting services to their clients/customers.
Now we will discuss the different web hosting packages in detail, their merits, demerits and differences. Some of the well known hosting service providers are FatCow hosting, Hostgator web hosting, Godaddy hosting, Bluehost hosting etc.
Shared web hosting – This is one of the most common hosting service used by many webmaster, in this hosting plan a single server is shared by many owners, thus thousands of different websites are hosted on the same server. Shared web hosting are usually very cheap, when compared to dedicated and VPS hosting. Shared hosting provides unlimited domain hosting, unlimited email hosting, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited space for each user. Hostgator offers one of the best and affordable shared web hosting. Shared hosting is not suitable for heavy traffic website like e-commerce, social networking etc. hence this hosting is recommended for those who has a websites of few pages and the traffic is low.
Some of the features of shared web hosting are-
1- Unlimited domains to host
2- Unlimited bandwidth
3- Unlimited email accounts per domain
4- FTP login and c-panel login access.
5- Very cheap charges per month/year
6- 99.99% times server is uptime
7- Server is shared with thousands of other users
8- Costs around $ 4 to $5 per month
VPS hosting (virtual private servers) – VPS hosting is almost similar to shared web hosting, but it is more advanced in some features. In VPS hosting there are less number of websites hosted on server as compared to shared web hosting. VPS hosting are for advance webmaster who want to install software and packages not possible in shared web hosting. VPS hosting is used by medium-sized business companies who want a fast server but can’t afford a dedicated server. Thus VPS behaves like a virtual dedicated server. Thus Virtual Private Server (VPS) divides main server resources into virtual servers and allocates to its users. This allocation is done in such a ways that it does not affect the resource hardware and provides the user with facilities as it is a actual dedicated server. However VPS is quiet costly as compared to shared web hosting, one has to pay about $40 to $50 per month, which makes sense.
Some of the features of Virtual private server (VPS) are -
1- More fast than shared web hosting and less advanced to dedicated server.
2- Less number of websites are hosted to that of shared hosting.
3- User can install specific packages and software, not possible in shared web hosting.
4- Server behaves virtually as dedicated server, but actually its not dedicated in nature.
5- Unlimited domains, emails and bandwidth similar to shared web hosting.
6- Monthly charges for VPS is quiet high.
7- recommended for advance users and medium-sizes business.
Dedicated servers hosting – Dedicated servers provides full access to the server without sharing it with any one else. Dedicated server behaves as your personal computer. An e-commerce industry generally owns this type of hosting, as they have lots of traffic on their websites. One can host thousand of his websites on dedicated server without any limitations. Dedicated servers supports full root or admin access like a VPS. Here the user is itself responsible for security and maintenance of his dedicated server as it is fulled owned to him only. Some resellers also own a dedicated server and do the business of hosting in his town by hosting thousands of websites. dedicated server is not a physical server which one has to install in his home or office, this is service provided by hosting companies which one can access by connecting to internet. Dedicated servers are very costly they charge about more than $100 to $150 per month.
Some of the features of a Dedicated server are -
1- Full access to server.
2- No sharing of server with any other user.
3- User can host unlimited websites without any limitations and downtime.
4- Recommended for heavy traffic website like e-commerce or a large sized business company.
5- Monthly charges are very high.
Reseller hosting – In this hosting plan a users can further sell web hosting packages to customers and charge them accordingly. User has the full right and access to allocated space, bandwidth, c-panel according to customer requirement. How ever this is the same as to shared web hosting. Some business man can owns a Reseller hosting and do the business of hosting in his town.
We have discussed major type of hosting offered by a hosting company. Generally a hosting company (for e.g. Hostgator) offers a wide variety of hosting package, so one can just look for a review on Google and can choose any hosting package which suits best to his business. I highly recommend Hostgator as their hosting packages are great, followed by bluehost hosting, yahoo web hosting, godaddy web hosting and 1&1 web hosting.