Untangling the web hosting options
So your business has an all-singing, all-dancing website to show off. Right! So, now you can sit back and watch new customers surf to your front door. Wrong! To enable you to maximise the full potential of your website, you do, of course, need a web hosting server or it simply won’t work. This is where it can get a bit tricky because choosing the right web host for your business is a major decision to take.
The basic choices available at the moment are:
– Shared hosting – where a number of websites are hosted on a single server and all share the same bandwidth, space, database, etc.
– Virtual Private Server (VPS) – where the resources are split between different websites or hosting accounts. This would usually be sufficient for the simpler types of websites that don’t receive motorway volumes of traffic. So it’s still partially shared hosting but with more control.
– Dedicated Hosting (DH) – For those who need more exceptional hosting and extensive customisation options. As this kind of server is exclusively dedicated to your own personal use it gives you full rights to all of the machine’s resources and enables you to configure your own hosting environment according to your need and desire. DH makes sense if you are handling high traffic volume (in excess of 500,000 visitors per month)and can maintain sufficient competent technical staff to manage and optimise your own server.
Advantages of shared hosting…
1) Shared hosting (SH) is cheaper than DH or VPS, allowing websites for personal blogging and small businesses to afford it.
2) Administration and maintenance are the responsibility of the hosting provider, obviating your need for technological know-how.
…and the main disadvantages:
1) Security. SH is notoriously vulnerable to hacking attacks and, if one server suffers, all suffer, affecting the entire network of websites sharing that platform.
2) The server may be swamped, leading to overload, forcing it to stop or cause your website to run sluggishly.
In conclusion: as DH is the most expensive, secure (and best) option, you might start with shared hosting, then upgrade to VPS until such a time as your company is generating sufficient revenue to justify DH. For more information on the available hosting options, contact Pixel Internet today.