When you are creating a website for your business, apart from choosing the best web design that you can, one of the other matters you need to address is hosting your website when it goes live. This is often when a degree of confusion exists for the simple reason that there are multiple types of web hosting available. To give you a clearer understanding of the web hosting types available, we have outlined seven of the most popular below along with the pros and cons of each one.
Shared Hosting – An extremely popular option whereby your website is hosted on servers that also host other websites.
• Very affordable
• Easy to use
• Ideal for beginners
• Servers are pre-configured
• Limits of bandwidth
• Limits on website file storage space
• Traffic flow to other sites may impact your website’s performance
• Limits on program languages
Virtual Private Server Hosting (VPS) – With this, you are sharing a server, but your website is hosted within its own partitioned area of that server.
• Dedicated space within the server
• Option to install any software you need
• Stable and reliable
• Website should not be impacted by traffic spikes to other sites
• Technical know-how needed to configure and manage server
• Software security is your responsibility
• Server performance is your responsibility
• Likely to have control and configuration limits