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How to Choose a Hosting Type?

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March 25, 2015
| Articles, Infographics

Choosing a hosting type might become a difficult and onerous task. There simply are too many hosting types and so many different plan packages to choose from. Can you handle it? Let’s see if we can help.

 

You might ask why is it so important as the only thing that matters is that you actually have your online project running. Actually, it does matter. It is not enough that you have your project running, but soon you might realize that it is not going to the right direction at all.

 

For example, many people make a mistake while choosing shared hosting. Those who doesn’t know that shared hosting is dedicated for smaller websites choose it and later on regret their decision as their requirements grow and they suddenly need more resources. They have to swap to VPS or dedicated servers quickly, as overuse of resources is not allowed by any hosting provider. This causes some difficulties and consumes your time, thus evaluating your needs and growth potential is crucial before you choose you hosting.

 

So as to not get caught I suggest meeting the main specifics that could help you to make a right decision from scratch. The few things that I suggest concentrating on are purpose, IT knowledge, price, content and performance of your server.

 

Purpose

 

Before you host it think of what you will host. It will be an e-commerce website, a blog or a video platform? For example, for business purposes there is a strong suggestion to use VPS, cloud or dedicated hosting. Contrarily to that shared hosting will cover the needs of an individual website.

 

E-commerce or online stores usually require more resources. For that reason plans that generate bigger traffic will work just fine. Choose from VPS or dedicated hosting that will give you a total independence from the other users. For blogs or other personal websites I suggest signing up for a shared hosting and for those that already generates bigger traffic – VPS.

 

Also, think of what you will do with your account. The main question is if you are going to host multiple websites on the same one or only one? If yes, VPS, cloud and dedicated hosting is required, if no – save some money and sign up for a shared one.

 

IT Knowledge

 

Those who think that a wide IT knowledge is required for any hosting task to achieve are completely wrong. If you are a beginner and only have the basics of IT you will not get lost using shared hosting as it doesn’t require much. However if you can brag of being an advanced user – take something more difficult as dedicated or cloud.

 

Mostly when you will be asked to choose a hosting plan you will be required to decide which operating system you are going to work on. As you probably know Windows is much simpler than Linux so as the hosting required is different. As for Windows the suggestion is to use cloud, VPS or dedicated hosting. But Linux operating system might work just fine on each of them.

 

Price

 

Another thing that probably matters the most is price. Before you sign up, think how much you can actually spend on your hosting. There is variety of different pricing. For example, you are able to get shared hosting starting from a few dollars or buy dedicated hosting that might reach even $40.

 

Also when thinking decide what is more important to you – resources or price. Do you want just to get something cheap as it gets or you know that resources are an important part here. Notice that shared hosting will be the cheapest but it will not provide as much resources as dedicated or cloud.

 

When we started to talk about cloud hosting it is pretty important to notice that it will be more scalable and cost efficient than other hosting types. So as in this case price shouldn’t be an issue.

 

Content

 

Furthermore it is pretty important to consider what kind of content you are going to host in your website. Usually interactive content will require more resources so as cloud or dedicated hosting. But if you are going into simpler direction – shared or VPS will work just fine.

 

Also most of the companies are worried about their privacy so as you should be too. Different hosting types have different security measures as well. For example, if you know that privacy is of a high importance to you – VPS, cloud or dedicated hosting will help you to ensure this.

 

Performance

Despite all the factors mentioned you should think about performance issues as well. The first thing that I suggest concentrating on is traffic. You should calculate the approximate traffic resources that your website will need. For example, small websites that are not really popular usually do not require many resources, which means that shared or VPS hosting will be fine. However, those big online projects as e-commerce will require dedicated or even cloud hosting.

 

Also, think what should be included or you will want to include into your server. Let me give you an example: if you run a server and require server root access or you are going to install your own software and applications – you should sign up for VPS, Cloud or dedicated hosting. In this case shared hosting will not give you those possibilities.

 

There is a really strong suggestion to consider every issue that might occur while dealing with your server. Contrarily, you will end up like that person who has chosen shared hosting without knowing why and how it will work. If you want to avoid any difficulties you need to make a thoughtful decision that requires some research and deepening your knowledge about the issue related.

 

How to choose a hosting type (infographic)

 

By Judita Maslauskaite
Categories: Articles, Infographics
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