DIFFERENT TYPES OF HOSTING
When clients visit a website, they are served or assisted by a combination of various tools. What clients see are actually codes written in user friendly format. It is the browser that converts these codes into the webpage design that can actually be read by an ordinary user. While it is possible for clients to hold their own website from the comfort of their locations, employing the services of a hosting firm or company that uses efficient servers to transmit data is an even better alternative. There are four main types of hosting; Shared, VPS, Dedicated and Cloud hosting. Each has its pros and cons.
This type of hosting is suitable for new websites that have just been formed. In this case a client’s site is put on a server that contains other websites, over 1000 or more so that they cohabit and share resources such as the actual hardware server as well as the software. They are relatively cheap because of the shared costs.
Just like in a simple computer that has RAM, if one application uses a lot of RAM it leaves other applications at a disadvantage and they start freezing or lagging. The same principle applies to a shared server where if one client has a lot of visitors to his site, it consumes a lot of the servers RAM leaving a small percentage of the total space to be shared by the other users which is the main downside of this type of hosting. Many hosting providers try to correct this problem by eliminating fraudulent and ineffective sites to promote equality since every client on the given server is paying equal amount.
Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting
This particular hosting is relatively sophisticated as compared to shared hosting. It is mostly used by clients with specific packages or software that are not provided by the shared hosting. The concept of a VPS hosting is similar to a shared hosting with the exception that websites are placed on servers with fewer users. Clients also have the privilege of access to their own individual operating system from a virtual perspective. A feature called hypervisor is responsible for this type of operation. In a VPS system once a user attains his RAM optimum, only his site will experience lags while other users in the same server operate normally. Another advantage of a hypervisor is that it automatically eliminates bad users who cause unnecessary traffic. VPS servers are very flexible and can be configured in a myriad of ways.
They can be more expensive in the long run and you should only switch to it if you will be able to comfortably cover the costs.
When a client is on a dedicated server, it is not shared by any other client at the time of using it. The client has full access to it inclusive of administrative privileges and most preferable by sites that have a lot of visitors. It also has the benefit of customization where the client can choose the size and versions of memory to use alongside the operating system and physical hardware components, an added advantage for sophisticated and unique software.
The disadvantage of full access is that everything that runs on the server is under your jurisdiction and failure or inefficiency of one part harms the entire operation. If RAM breaks down the client will be forced to suspend operations as a solution is sought.
In this type of hosting, resources of several servers can be utilized allowing for scalability. It provides hosting services for websites on virtual servers that accesses their computer resources from a large array of physical servers. They also help prevent DDoS attacks. Though not a security concern, Distributed Denial of Service cause server crashed by through excess overloads. Cloud hosting solves this problem by reducing the load through distribution over an extensive span of networks to share the incoming loads or requests.
Clients on these hosting plans can use their services as much as they require and only par an equivalent of that usage. Apart from the susceptibility to DDoS attacks they are also costly but very reliable.
Considering the above types of hosting, it is important to first evaluate your individual needs as a client. The hosting approaches go in order of price alongside their benefits; the higher the cost the more efficient it is. Also consider RAM attributes from different providers, their bandwidth provisions and space allowance and gauge them against your budget if they can comfortably be accommodated.