In order to stay in touch with the customers or to convey any kind of message, websites are now becoming an important medium in today’s world. They have become the new language using which businessmen all over the world are keeping contact with their local or international customers and clients.
Having a domain name (such as -.in, .com, .net, .org) and web hosting space is the most important thing in order to make a website. For using a website, one needs to access a server 24X7. The term Web hosting means nothing but running a website using a mother system or a server.
Now, many domain and server providers are available in the market. Users can rent them according to their requirements on a monthly/yearly basis or they can buy domain and server space from the same provider. Now, web hosting can be done in three ways:
- Shared hosting
- Dedicated hosting
- Virtual private server
It is the most frequently used and simplest type of web hosting. According to many businessmen this shared hosting is the most economical way for hosting their websites. In the shared hosting technique, as the name suggests, many users can share the same server. But sharing the same server does not mean that you can customize or fine-tune all the system variables. No user can use any component from another server. In this hosting procedure, RAM, CPU and Disk Space are shared. Another positive side of using this kind of hosting is that here, the user can use each and every type of valuable add-ons that included within the server. Some popular add-ons like CDN cPanel, Softaculous, SEO tools and SPAM protection are generally provided implicitly and the users can access the entire server administrative systems.
Disadvantages: Whenever there is a huge load in web-traffic, the website may get affected. The performance will degrade and the speed will become slow.
Dedicated servers allow you to customize the server according to your needs and wishes. With this type of hosting, users have the opportunity to control the entire physical server and they can gain complete access to all its resources. Here you can change the configuration of memory, disk or the network according to your needs. Many dedicated server owners complain that they have no time to control the administrative section of the server. They can solve this problem is by recruiting a skilled admin group for this purpose. There is no need to share the resources with the other customers. So, the user can access more computing power than the other two types of hosting.
Negative side: Sometimes the websites do not need to use the entire power provided by the server. Then, a large amount of energy becomes useless. Moreover, it needs a large investment. This hosting is not ideal for small businesses.
When you use the Virtual Private Servers, you don’t have to worry about the server bugs or request overloading. Here the users can share the main server CPU with other virtual machines. Users can easily use the other virtual servers’ properties. Virtual private hosting ensures the users an excellent service as it gives the best quality performance when compared to the other two hosting techniques. Its flexibility is the best as the users can access bigger and better host servers and can develop their system from time-to-time according to their needs.
You need a group of highly skilled administrators to control the servers and to debug the problems. You have to be careful while using the virtual systems because many unwanted applications can damage your site. Moreover, it is the costliest hosting system.
Difference between shared VPS and dedicated hosting
Shared hosting, dedicated servers and VPS hosting have a lot of differences:
- Resources: Shared hosting technique usually accesses a limited number of resources, while the VPS and dedicated hosting use up a large number of resources.
- Security: Shared hosting is the least secure technique while Virtual private server provides the best security. You need not be concerned about the virus or the Trojan attacks.
- Scalability: The shared hosting environment is very easy to use as almost every OS applications are compatible with this environment. The dedicated hosting system is less compatible with these applications. However, in VPS, users have to configure software to make them run in the website. Here, users can change the configuration in order to improve the sites’/applications’ performances.