Danny: My dearest readers, here’s a guest article from Joanna. She contacted me to share her experience and knowledge in website hosting. This article made the cut because it was short and sweet. So, here’s your chance learn up on the importance of quality website hosting. 🙂
Ok, so you are going to start up a website that you expect a lot from, visitor-wise, but are not really sure about what type of web hosting you need supporting it. This is understandable as the hosting market constantly is expanding with new forms of web hosting. It can of course get confusing at times. Although it might be tempting to start with a cheaper form of hosting, such as shared, it is not always the wisest thing to do. Once you start to notice an increase in the number of visitors it can prove to be quite difficult, unfortunately, upgrading your hosting account. If this happens chances are that your site will crash at times.
It is with this in mind we thought that it could be a good idea looking into Virtual Private Servers, Dedicated Servers and the new trendy Cloud Computing. These are all types of web hosting that can handle a lot of traffic.
Virtual Private Servers
This form of web hosting is somewhat more expensive than shared web hosting but it will still not set you back as much as dedicated hosting will do. VPS Hosting can be good if you are expecting to be somewhere in the middle regarding the number of visits to your site. The hosting is highly customizable and it splits a single server into several virtual servers. This is for example good when you are updating your site as it can be done in the second VPS, without your visitors noticing anything. Doing so will minimize the possibility of experiencing bugs on your site while it is live.
Dedicated Server Hosting is one of the most expensive forms of web hosting but it is also one of the strongest and most reliable types of hosting on the market today. And to be honest – it does not cost a fortune, only about $80 to $200 per month. This is the perfect form of hosting if you expect a steady, and substantial, amount of traffic to your site. Dedicated Servers comes as both managed and unmanaged. Unmanaged is for those with a lot of technical knowledge and managed is good for those that just want the basics and want the rest to be handled by the hosting provider.
There is a new shining star on the hosting heaven and it goes by the name of cloud computing. The big difference between cloud computing and classic hosting is that it is elastic which means that you only use and pay for the amount of hosting you are using. This is good for websites that will have peaks and lows in number of visitors. The downside of cloud computing is that is still pretty expensive and hence dedicated servers might be a better alternative. However, cloud computing can also be a good complement to your dedicated hosting.
This piece has been penned down by Joanna, who has been part of web hosting search and been in the industry from quite some time now.