So you got WordPress and built a really nice website for yourself. Now what? I’m sure it’s a really fantastic website, but it doesn’t really matter if nobody can see it. Creating the website is only the first part of the equation. You need to make sure people can find and visit your website. That is where web hosting comes in.
A web host is a place your website is stored and connected to the world wide web so others can access it. When your site is hosted, visitors who enter the web address get to access your site from your host’s servers. But here’s the thing, there are many different kinds of web hosting. So what are all the options for web hosting? There are many different options, and it can be confusing when figuring out which one you need. Below, we will discuss five types of web hosting.
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We have all heard of “the cloud.” A lot of people and businesses have been taking advantage of the idea. When someone talks about cloud computing, they are talking about a system of remote servers. These servers are connected through the internet and work together to complete their respective task. They all work together over the network to share the load of storing, processing, and managing the data. Hosting your website on the cloud has been gaining popularity lately. Cloud hosting refers to using a collection of servers connected online to keep your website up and available.
Putting your site on the cloud has a lot of benefits. On the cloud, many servers support your site, so there is no way that issues with a single server could cause your site to go offline. Also, this design is easier to work with when you need to scale up your operation. Increasing the performance and capability of your website is as simple as configuring it to use more of the cloud’s resources.
On the other hand, the cloud is usually one of the more expensive options. And, it is important to bring up that the cloud has a few security concerns. Every hosting option discussed here can have stellar security depending on the company hosting. However, compared to the other types of hosting, the cloud has more potential for a breach. Your website is not the only one being hosted across these multiple servers. There could be hundreds. Each of these websites is a potential avenue for a hacker. Unfortunately, once someone gets access to the cloud, they can harvest all of the data involved with your site, including eCommerce information.
Clustered hosting is similar to the cloud in that it uses multiple servers to host the website. However, there are two key differences. First, it is normally not a large collection of servers. Instead, the setup consists of a few servers with enough data redundancy to keep the site up if one fails. Second, the servers are all located at the same place. Whereas the cloud has the servers from all over connected by a network, a cluster does not need to have a network connection to the other servers.
A site hosted by a cluster can have a lot of power and storage. The multiple servers work together to provide resources to your site. Also, in cases where your site sees a spike in activity, the load can be evenly spread among them. This gives your site a smooth connection and maximum uptime, even if your site sees tens of thousands of daily visitors or has a lot of data activity.
Security is much tighter than the cloud. This is because you are not sharing everything with countless others. There is another layer to this. The cluster can be configured to handle the front-end of the site on one server and the back-end on another. This extra separation makes it more difficult to break into.
It should go without saying that, more so than the cloud, clustered web hosting gets expensive. This is often a choice focused on large, enterprise users. If you do not need this level of performance to successfully run your website, then you likely do not need this kind of hosting yet.
Shared Web Hosting
Let’s look at the other end of the spectrum. Shared web hosting could be considered the opposite of hosting through clustered servers. With shared hosting, multiple users have their websites on a single server. They share the resources of the server to keep their websites up.
What do you need your website for? Is it a personal blog meant for your family to keep up with how you are doing? Do you use it to display your resume for job searches? If you have a small website with little content and no aspirations for a lot of monthly visitors, then shared hosting is worth considering. This is especially true if you do not have any sensitive data stored or connected to it. It will likely be the cheapest option you find.
More than the others, shared hosting has a few security concerns. If a hacker breaks into the cloud, there is still a lot to dig through with a large network of many servers. Breaking into a shared server, though, is much more straight forward. Everything is in one place. And while the shared server only has a handful of sites, there is no guarantee the other users are being safe. All it takes is one person to slip for the entire server to be compromised.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if one of the sites on the server experiences a spike in activity, the other sites will suffer from drained resources. You are guaranteed a certain amount of resources for your site, but a single, physical server can only accomplish so much.
VPS hosting takes shared hosting to the next level. There are still multiple users on a single, physical server. However, with VPS, each website is separated into a virtual environment. This adds another layer of distance between you and your server mates. Most things that interact with your site will see it as being on an individual server by itself. This helps keep your site safer and allows the physical server to distribute resources more easily.
A VPS is worth looking into when your website does not need a lot of power or storage but you are worried about the potential security breach with a shared host. Again, you are usually guaranteed a certain amount of power, storage, etc. And, just like with a shared host, you cannot control if another site on the same physical server sees a huge spike of activity.
Your VPS will cost more than shared hosting. However, it will also give you more customization. A shared host has to work for everyone. A VPS gives you a virtual environment that allows you to configure things differently depending on your needs.
The other options on this list can take some configuration and maintenance. This is especially true if you are using the most popular content management system, WordPress. When using other hosting options, even a WordPress update may require you to configure and update your hosting. That is where managed hosting.
A managed host will take care of a lot of that housekeeping stuff for you. They will normally, monitor things like when WordPress updates. In the case of WP Super Host, that management goes a lot further. We also monitor to ensure your plugins and themes are still compatible. We offer free SSL for eCommerce. Our packages come with automatic daily backups, site speed reports, global CDN, staging environments, and easy migration. On top of all of that, we offer a user-friendly dashboard.
When you do not want the headache from managing the technical aspects of your WordPress hosting, then you need a managed host. The prices are better than reasonable considering the features involved. Security if much less of an issue, because security is one of the aspects that the host manages.
When looking at the options you have for managed website hosting, your best bet is to look to WP Super Host. We have incredible speed, security, and features all closely monitored by us so that you do not have to even think about it. If you are interested in learning more about managed web hosting, take a look at our web hosting packages and select the one that is right for you.
There are many types of web hosting that satisfy a wide range of needs. There are options from hosting a simple blog to hosting for large corporations. Pay attention to what you need from your host to help figure out which type to go with. Then, you’ll have a much easier time finding the right host for you.