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Different types of hosting and their characteristics

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Identify your ideal type of hosting for the needs of your website or blog.

In one of our first articles on this blog we talked about hosting, or web hosting, and the characteristics that you should consider when hiring a hosting service for your website.

To refresh your memory a little, let’s remember that hosting is the space where all the data and elements (photos, videos, etc.) of your website will be stored. This space is a computer known as a “server”.

But it is important to know that not all hosting services are the same and they can vary in characteristics and prices. To choose the right service you must consider the specific needs of your website, and of course, your budget.

Next, we are going to talk more in detail about 4 types of hosting: shared hosting, dedicated hosting, virtual hosting (VPS) and cloud hosting.

1. Shared Hosting

This is the most common type of hosting and also the cheapest. The service works as follows: several websites are hosted on the same server, so you will be sharing the space.

The advantages of this type of hosting is that it is the easiest to configure and maintain, and as I already mentioned, it is the cheapest. As a disadvantage you should consider that with this type of hosting the speed and availability of your site can be affected, since you will be sharing resources with other projects.

If you are starting with your first web project, this hosting is a good option for you.

2. Dedicated Hosting

In this type of hosting you will not have to share the server with other projects. The space and resources will be exclusive to your site.

This exclusivity undoubtedly comes at a price and the dedicated hosting service is much more expensive than shared hosting. This service is indicated for large web projects that require many resources and a special configuration.

3. Virtual Hosting (VPS)

This type of hosting, known as Virtual Private Server (VPS), combines some features of shared and dedicated hosting.

The service works in the following way: a server is divided into several independent virtual entities; so although several projects are hosted on the same server, each one has its own resources and is not affected by the other projects.

This service is more expensive than shared hosting, but considerably cheaper than dedicated hosting.

4. Cloud Hosting

This type of hosting is used by Internet giants like Gmail and Dropbox.

Instead of hosting your project on a single server, cloud hosting distributes your project on several servers, which are connected in the cloud.

This service offers greater security since it has the backing of several servers. As you can imagine, the initial cost of cloud hosting is very high and that is why it is used for the most part by very large companies.

Conclusion

Not all web projects are the same and therefore not all require the same hosting service.

Before you hire a hosting service it is important that you think about the needs of your site and the budget you have.

If you are starting with a small web project, the shared hosting is probably your best option. As your project grows and gains strength, you may want to consider switching to one of the other hosting services.

Do you have questions about the different types of hosting?