What are the Types of Web Hosting

There are various types of web hosting services available to host your website. Before signing up for web hosting services, it is important to understand what kind of service your website needs, the kind of server you or your business needs, your budget, and what type of services the web host offers.

Hosting options available are:

  • Shared Hosting

  • Reseller Hosting

  • Cloud Hosting

  • Virtual Private Server Hosting (VPS)

  • Dedicated Hosting

  • Colocation

  • Self Serviced Hosting


Shared Hosting:

In a shared hosting environment, your and other website owners shared one server. This includes sharing the physical server and the software applications within the server. Shared hosting services are affordable because the cost to operate the server is shared between you and these other owners. There are, however, a number of down sides, such as being slower.


Reseller Hosting:

Reseller hosting packages is basically a shared hosting account with extra tools to help you resell hosting space.

Reseller packages come with greater technical control (often via the Web Host Manager (WHM) control panel), billing software to help you invoice clients, and other extra perks.

Some of those perks include:

  • free website templates

  • white label technical support — that means the hosting company handles your clients’ tech support issues

  • private name servers — make your company seem even bigger by telling your clients to point their domain nameservers to ns1.yourwebdesignfirm.com Price range: Reseller packages range from $10 – $50, depending on features and resource limits.


Cloud Hosting:

Grid or Cloud Hosting refers to a fairly new hosting technology that lets hundreds of individual servers work together so that it looks like one giant server. The idea is that as the need grows, the hosting company can just add more commodity hardware to make an ever larger grid or cloud.

Price Range: All grid computing packages use some form of pay-for-what-you-use pricing structure.

Base prices start at $20 for Media Temple and $100 for Mosso or a Rackspace company. Both charge more for extra bandwidth, CPU processing, memory usage, or other resource usage. Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) has no minimum monthly fee , but requires more tech savvy to get started.


Virtual Private Server Hosting (VPS):

Virtual private servers share one physical server but acts like multiple, separate servers. A VPS is a stepping stone between shared hosting and getting your own dedicated machine. Even though each VPS instance shares hardware resources, they are allocated a dedicated slice of the computing resources.

A VPS avoids the problem of having your hosting neighbors bring down your website, while avoiding the cost of a dedicated server.

Price Range: Most VPS hosting packages cost between $25 and $200. Pricing is based on the guaranteed CPU and memory (RAM) you get.


Dedicated Hosting:

In a dedicated hosting environment, you have the entire web server to yourself. This allows for faster performance, as you have all the server’s resources entirely, without sharing with other website owners. However, this also means that you will be responsible for the cost of server operation entirely. This is a good choice for websites that requires a lot of system resources, or need a higher level of security.

Pricing: Dedicated servers are priced from $100 and up. But if you are considering a dedicated server, you should also consider the costs of hiring a sysadmin to take care of the box.



In this type of hosting, you will purchase or rent your own server and have it housed at a web host’s facilities. You will be responsible for the server itself. An advantage of this type of hosting service is you have full control of the web server. You can install any scripts or applications you need.


Self Serviced Hosting:

The ultimate hosting plan — you do it all yourself! You buy the servers, install and configure the software, make sure there is sufficient cooling and power in your machine room, and double up everything for redundancy. Some of the things you’ll have to take care of:

  • data center space

  • cooling

  • power (with backup)

  • bandwidth

  • server hardware

  • systems administrator

  • data integrity and backup


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