With the plethora of web hosting plans available, you might get confused on the appropriate one to commit. Also, it is worth mentioning that, while all of these web hosting types have a common result, they are still distinctively different. These differences have much influence on your site and can often be the deal-breaker.
Everything about the types of web hosting might prove to be too much for you if you are just venturing into the web hosting world. That is why we have taken it upon ourselves at Teqporte to take you through the vital points you need to know.
Types of Web Hosting
Below are the common types of web hosting available, their advantages, disadvantages, and suitability.
This is at the lowest rank of the web hosting types spectrum. It is the go-to plan for beginners starting with small capital or revenue.
In shared hosting, you share a web server with quite a lot of other websites. In literal terms, it can be seen as renting a room with some other people, either known or unknown. All websites on this server share the same Central Processing Unit (CPU), storage space, and Random Access Memory (RAM).
Shared web hosting will remain effective as long as your website or blog continues to have modest traffic. Also, being a shared plan, it is the least expensive of all types of web hosting and does not require any technical know-how.
- Ideal for small websites, blogs, and beginners.
- It is pocket-friendly and economical.
- It is straightforward to set up as it needs no technical knowledge.
- Due to the sharing nature, a neighbor’s increased traffic can affect your website performance.
- It is not scalable.
- It is susceptible to downtime.
Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting
The VPS hosting is just some steps above the shared hosting. It is the ideal type for businesses that have outgrown shared web hosting but not still big enough to afford dedicated hosting. The working principle of this plan is similar to that of shared hosting with just a few exceptions. With VPS hosting, you still share a server with some websites, but it will be low compared to shared hosting. You have more customization control and storage space, thanks to the specific room accorded to each website on the server. For better understanding, it is more like renting a flat in an apartment complex. Everyone to his own, but you still share the same building. VPS hosting is suitable for businesses that have moderately high traffic. It also gives users more control over their performance metrics.
- It is cost-effective as it offers a little over the cost of shared hosting with some dedicated hosting controls.
- It is scalable.
- Each website uses its own space. No website can exceed the given limits. ∙ High uptime.
- It offers more custom controls.
- It still shares the central server.
- There are limitations to your control.
This is the peak in terms of price and performance amongst the web hosting types. It eliminates all problems associated with the two types – as mentioned earlier – with resounding efficiency. With dedicated hosting, you will have a whole server dedicated to your website. Also, since there is no sharing of resources, you have total control over your performance and growth. You can alter the configurations, select any software of your choice, and add or remove features as you deem it fit.
Dedicated hosting is ideal for large companies with very high traffic. It works at lightning speed, seldom has a downtime – at least not due to traffic from other websites.
- It offers high-level security.
- Total resources control.
- Peak performance
- It does not involve the sharing of resources.
- Maximum flexibility.
- It is the most difficult to manage due to the need for technical insight into the system.
- It comes at a steep price.
- Might incur additional costs due to the need to employ an expert for maintenance and repair.
Cloud hosting is the most advanced type of hosting. It is the latest amongst the types of web hosting, and it packs in some innovations that separate it from traditional hosting. In cloud hosting, websites have access to multiple computer resources and servers. It shares some similarities with VPS hosting in that each website is accorded its own space on the server. The significant and defining difference between them is that your website is not limited to any area. This principle, called scalability, allows your website to grow beyond its current state without limitation.
Websites hosted with cloud hosting are never disturbed by other websites’ traffic because they have access to multiple remote servers. Downtime is also never a problem with cloud hosting. This is because if a server shuts down, another server takes over immediately. Cloud hosting is suitable for all websites as you only pay for what you use on cloud hosting. If your website experiences a spike in traffic in a month, you pay more and vice versa. This is all to suit your needs and not limit your business’s growth.
To keep it simple, with cloud hosting, you enjoy peak performance irrespective of your business size while paying for what you use at the end of the month.
- Full scalability.
- Downtime is almost a nonissue.
- It is very secured.
- The price is dependent on your use.
- The setup is never an issue for you.
- There is a limitation to the customization.
This is not your typical web hosting type. If you are hoping to host your website, then reseller hosting is not for you.
Reseller hosting is the act of buying hosting space from providers and selling to consumers for profit. It is majorly a shared hosting space that is being resold for profit. This hosting service is sweetened with extra features such as technical support and website templates to entice buyers.
- Substantial profit as you are free to set the hosting price.
- It serves as a profitable business with excellent returns.
- It saves clients time and effort.
- It lacks flexibility.
- It is not secured.
- Little or no customization.
- The reseller has little or no power over performance metrics and will be held accountable for failures.
What We Offer at Teqporte Cloud
At the Teqporte cloud, we employ the ever-impressive cloud hosting, which fits our mantra of tailoring web hosting to suit your needs. With our cloud hosting utilizing the latest and most effective technology, you are sure of getting the best from us.
Hosting at the Teqporte cloud ensures that you never experience downtime, any security failure, and get the best quality that is not on offer in Nigeria’s web hosting industry. Most importantly, cloud hosting is cost-effective as you only pay for what you use. Lastly, you don’t have to worry about switching between hosting plans as your business grows. The autoscaling feature of our cloud hosting caters to that. All you need to worry about is growing your business while taking care of your increasing online presence.
All the web hosting types have their advantages and suitability depending on the consumer. But it is worth noting that the world is tending towards cloud hosting due to its reliability and flexibility.