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The Best Web Hosting Options for Small Websites and Blogs Revealed

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September 22, 2014
| Articles, VPS Hosting, Web Hosting

Web hosting is a big deal—it’s a prerequisite to having a site at all. But if you’re trying to find hosting for a small website, blog, or business, you might be having a tough time.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but most small sites have similar needs. In this post, I’ll run through a few different kinds of web hosting and discuss which one is the best option for small sites.

Self-Hosted Server

You could, of course, do things the old-fashioned way. By hosting your own server, you get absolute control over every aspect of your site: you control the very computer it’s hosted on. That’s powerful.


But powerful and necessary are two different things. Hosting your own server demands advanced IT knowledge, and the ability to troubleshoot issues effectively. After all, this option puts you on your own in every way.


Dedicated Server

With dedicated hosting, the host sets aside an entire server just for you.


Since the host keeps the server running, you needn’t spill as much of your time into maintaining it. Another benefit of dedicated hosting is that you deal with few traffic worries. You get the whole server to yourself, so you can have as much traffic as server can handle.


But you’re unlikely to see vast swaths of people pouring onto your smaller site: having too much traffic won’t likely be an issue.


There’s a simple reason why it’s important to consider that: money. Dedicated hosting is expensive. I’d stay away from it.



Cloud hosting, since it’s based on multiple clustered servers rather than one solitary server, proves to be quite flexible. It can handle traffic spikes quickly, and it’s less susceptible to outages that stem from tech problems, natural disasters, and the like.

But it’s probably not worth it for a small site. It’s still pretty pricey, and it doesn’t offer any features that small sites absolutely need.



How do virtual private servers work? The host partitions one server into several virtual parts—each “virtual server” gets its own operating system, disk space, and bandwidth. This gives you a lot of control over different aspects of your server.


Chances are, however, that things like accessing the root of the server aren’t that important to you if you’re running a small little site or blog.


VPS isn’t expensive, but it’s usually a bit more expensive than shared hosting. That’s why, if you don’t need the extra control, you might be better off looking into shared hosting.


Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is a lot like a crowded part of a developing city—everyone is there.


Why do I say that? Well, besides the fact that shared hosting is the most popular hosting option, you can think about how shared hosting works: the host will keep your site on the same server as a bunch of other sites.


This can cause some problems. Just like a densely populated neighborhood might be slower to drive around in, shared hosting can pose a difficulty to site performance. It tends to be slower than any of the other options we discussed—but it’s usually not so slow that your site becomes unbearable to visit.


Here’s the thing: shared hosting works. If you get a good host, it’s decent. It’s far from perfect, but it will do what you need it to do—especially for a small site. And it’s dirt cheap.


You can get good shared hosting at low prices (Host1Plus has a number of shared hosting packages, one of which costs just $.83 per month). This makes it a great choice for small sites and blogs. You’re either not bringing in much revenue yet or you never plan to do so. That’s where cheap hosting comes in handy.


All in All…

You have so many different web hosting choices—it’s hard to pick which kind of hosting is best for your site.


But once you think clearly about what your needs are and how much money you’re willing to spend on hosting, things become simpler. For most small websites, shared hosting will be more than enough.


What kind of hosting do you have (or plan to get) for your small site or blog? Are you happy with your choice?

By Tom Ewer
Categories: Articles, VPS Hosting, Web Hosting
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