Which type of Hosting suits your Business?

With all the options served for hosting, it’s hard to choose which one to pick for your business? And several concerns pop up while looking for it. Let’s ease this process by knowing, what is the difference between Shared Hosting, VPS, Dedicated Hosting & Managed Hosting and What kind of business should preferably choose which type of hosting services.

 

Shared Hosting

Shared Hosting is like a shared apartment by several people. It’s the most popular choice for creating a new business. Several accounts have to share a single space that is a server and the resources. It includes sharing of CPU time, Disc space, memory etc with other customers working in the same space. 

Advantages:

      • Shared hosting is quite cheap, which is a huge advantage for beginners. It can cost from $3 to $12 per month for hosting.
      • For beginners, it’s good that technical maintenance and support is provided by the hosting platform. However, providing customer services may not be the best as they have to consider the requirements of other customers sharing the same space too. 

Disadvantages:

      • Shared memory for handling storage space and traffic. So, other customers have to suffer the slowness. This also negatively affects the rank on Google searches.
      • Shared server, shared problems. Security is the concern that you might have to sacrifice here. If an account got hacked or had a memory leak, other accounts will also be exposed to vulnerability.
      • Hard to scale with limited storage and bandwidth.

Best to choose by:

    • Not preferred to choose for business websites. 
    • Could be used for personal websites or websites with less traffic.

 

Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting

It’s between shared hosting and dedicated hosting. VPS is virtually isolated space in a server which gives an illusion of a private server. The other customers sharing the same server with you, have their virtually isolated server. 

Advantages:

      • Customers will have root access and VPS also provides customization options for hardware and software.
      • Better security system than shared hosting as sharing the threat is no longer your concern.
      • VPS hosting costs less than dedicated servers. It costs around $30 to $40 per month.
      • Better technical maintenance and support for VPS hosting. 

Disadvantages:

      • More technical knowledge is required to work with VPS hosting.
      • With better security also VPS hosting doesn’t ensure a 100% guarantee for the protection.

Best to choose by:

    • VPS could be the best suit if you needed dedicated resources and more control over the hosting platform. This hosting environment would be suited for small and middle-level businesses.

 

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting works on one server – one host rule. A single independent server is allocated to a user along with all the resources associated.  Here the user gets more freedom for scalability and is more responsible for the server. However, setting up and maintaining the server is not an easy task to be done. One should either be a tech-savvy or a business owner having a separate team of developers to handle this stuff.

Advantages:

      • Dedicated hosting helps to improvise rank on Google searches as server scalability and traffic handling is manageable.
      • It’s fast and completely customizable as per requirements independently.
      •  It provides various platforms such as Windows, Linux, etc to deploy and work on.
      • Highly secured as there will be no longer worrying about neighbor attacks, unlike shared hosting. 
      • Great performance, maintenance, and a 24/7 support system will be provided.

Disadvantages:

      • It requires a lot of attention and maintenance as you have to work for traffic coming over along with performance, backups, software requirements.
      • With the pros dedicated hosting is pretty expensive as it goes from $150 to $250 per month. Also, if anything went wrong and you need support, the hosting company may charge extra.

Best to choose by:

    • Dedicated servers are for large businesses and high traffic websites that receive over 500,000 visitors per month.
    •  If a business requires high security, independent servers and has a good technical staff then dedicated hosting is best suited.

 

Managed Hosting

Managed hosting is like working with contractors over a building project. It provides you with every possible and feasible service to help you grow stronger. It’s a service in which the setup, administration, maintenance, organizing hardware or software and assistance will be provided by the hosting company. Management services generally include OS updates and patching, 24/7/365 support, network infrastructure and hardware management, security measures including virus and spam protection, and monitoring and remediation. Host providing companies also take care of your website or application and are up and running all the time. Further, these commitments are generally backed by Service Level Agreement. It’s a smart way to deal by outsourcing the management of your hosting and reducing the requirement of in-house hosting infrastructures or experts.

Advantages:

      • Managed hosting has reduced risks. Security concerns are inevitable issues. However, it can’t be blamed on a single department. It’s up to users also to be aware of online risk threats. To reduce such security concerns, managed hosts at their end keeps the OS updated, firewall configuration, completes the security patches, stays alert for cybersecurity threats and stops suspicious traffic.
      • Getting direct access to skilled experts. Customers are served by skilled IT experts for several issues.
      • Pricing of managed hosting lies between VPS hosting and dedicated hosting. It’s generally about $50 to $150.
      • It provides flexibility and maintenance for the business.
      • There is hardly any disadvantage of managed hosting.

Best to choose by:

    • Managed hosting is suitable for all the SMB companies with lots of benefits from the host company itself.

This brings us to the end of this article explaining what kind of hosting should we prefer for which type of businesses. Along with all the pros and cons of each hosting methodology. Although managed hosting wins this battle to be proven best as it releases you from most the burden but shared and VPS hosting also fought for the best cost-efficiency for beginners. Hopefully, this may help you to choose the best hosting service for your business.

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