After domain name, the second most important thing in getting a website up and running is hosting. It can be likened to the piece of land on which a house is going to be built.
This is by far the most popularly used hosting package among beginner bloggers and there are many reasons for that. One is that it is cheap, and another is that it has the features a website will mostly need to run hitch-free.
As the name implies, a server is shared among a number of sites. That is, websites 1, 2, 3 up to as much as a hundred share the same server and of course the costs.
The upside — It is cheap and affordable (for the same reason stated above), but has everything a blog needs to run (with varieties based on company’s policy).
The downside — Because a single server is shared, a hike in traffic in one site affects the other sites on that same server by taking much of the available limited bandwidth.
This type of hosting is good for portfolio websites (a graphics designer, for instance, can use it to host the websites used to showcase past works) and new blogs that are just getting started and doesn’t get more than a few hundred page views a day.
VPS, the short form for Virtual Private Server, is similar to shared hosting in that many websites share the same server. The difference is that, while they share same server, each website has its own allocated resources, meaning that whatever happens to one site doesn’t affect another.
The upside — An increase in traffic in one site doesn’t have any effect on the others. Once a particular website exhausts its allotted resources for the month, that’s the end for that month, except it buys more.
The downside — It is pricier than Shared Hosting.
A regular blog or company’s website will function well, without issues, using this type of hosting package. It is preferred (and recommended) to shared hosting.
The name alone says everything about it. With dedicated hosting, your website will be hosted on a dedicated server, just for you.
The upside — An entire server is dedicated to a single user (blog or website).
The downside — It is costly. Also, there may be a need for you to handle some technicalities, such as back-end.
Managed WordPress Hosting
This type of hosting service is made for WordPress. But the catch is “managed,” meaning your host helps with some of the “managements.”
The upside — The hosting provider handles virtually every technical details ranging from security to software updates to site backup. It is the best hosting for WordPress websites. But…
The downside — It is costly compared to shared hosting and VPS hosting.
Now that you know the different hosting types there is, why not go ahead and make a choice. Create your blog today!
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