Many business owners enter the world of website hosting by signing up for a shared hosting service. At this level hundreds or thousands of other customers share the storage space and computing resources of one server. This economical and extremely popular service is very welcoming to beginners and small businesses due to its high levels of support, easy-to-use tools, and extensive options.
The shared hosting providers take care of all the technical needs of a website’s infrastructure. They handle security, updates, and other maintenance. All that’s required of the customer is just to build an online presence that’s represents their brand or business. Most basic shared hosting plans include unlimited email accounts, a free domain name registration, a drag-and-drop website builder, and hundreds of one-click installations for popular software programs such as WordPress.
Due to many websites existing on the same server, there’s shared responsibility for security and stability. Other websites on the server could negatively affect the server’s performance or availability by requiring an unfair share of processing power, sending spam, or falling victim to a security vulnerability.
Despite the disadvantages of shared hosting, the service remains a brilliant introduction to website design and management. The full range of customers, from experienced developers to first-time bloggers, can excel in a shared hosting environment.
These plans are affordable, easy for beginners to learn and manage with lots of free add-on services. They work well for professional portfolios, small business websites, online stores, personal blogs, and much more.
As your site builds a following and gains traction, be ready to upgrade to a better hosting service. At Easy Business Hosting we recommend that you don’t be the shared hosting consumer whose successful website overwhelms the server and effects fellow hosting service users. Luckily, we and most other providers can happily transfer your website and files to higher tier plans that add more storage space, bandwidth, and a more fine-tuned control. Websites wanting to migrate from a shared web hosting service typically have two options; cloud or virtual private server hosting, both of which introduce a concept called virtualization.
With cloud hosting, your website files will be spread across a network of multiple servers. Due to many servers sharing the workload, your site will load quickly no matter the traffic. Computing resources quickly scale up and down to adapt to the flow of visitors, and the amount of resources that can be used means your site won’t go down even if one server crashes.
However, as you scale the web hosting service tiers, more and more will be expected of the website owner. While customers frequently purchase managed services and the provider takes care of basic hardware and security maintenance. Customers using the cloud service will have more control in how their site functions and responds to various scenarios in comparison to shared hosting.
At Easy Business Hosting, we give site owners the scalability and flexibility of the cloud while streamlining the tedious and technical processes of configuration, deployment, and management. We tend to recommend most businesses ease the transition from shared hosting to a cloud hosting service that retains some of the user-friendly features of the shared hosting tiers. The benefits of a cloud hosting service compared to a shared hosting service are; automatic and scalable resource allocation, as well as improved performance and reliability.
While cloud hosting represents a smaller step up from shared web hosting, virtual private servers are commonly viewed as the most effective bridge between shared hosting and dedicated hosting servers. Instead of splitting a server with thousands of other site owners (or getting a massive bill to own the whole server), virtual private server resources are distributed to just a few customers on one server.
Although VPS customers share the same underlying hardware, a layer of virtualization effectively creates separate machines capable of running their own operating system. That means users have the ultimate control, otherwise known as root access, over the software programs and security configurations powering their site. Computing resources are dedicated to each virtual machine, meaning you’ll be able to count on a specific amount of storage space and bandwidth to deliver your site.
Also, you can add or remove processing power to scale to your site’s visitors. However, with great power, comes great responsibility. Given the infrastructure, VPS configurations aren’t as instantly scalable as cloud hosting. Although root access enables experienced users to craft the environment to exactly match their performance, security, and reliability goals, those who don’t have the technical know-how can quickly find themselves in a world of hurt.
Fortunately, many VPS providers give customers the option of employing their own server technicians to manage the tedious aspects of virtual servers, such as operating system updates and security patches. Usually for an additional fee, managed services enable you to focus on building the website or online store of your dreams without getting bogged down in software installations or the command line interface. The benefits of VPS hosting compared to the lower tier hosting services are; more control over your website, dedicated resources at a decent price, also a more fine-tuned performance and security.
As VPS customers enjoy most of the dedicated resources available to them, they can still be affected by other service users that impact the server physically possibly due to spam, security vulnerabilities, or overstretched resources. For those who aren’t into sharing, dedicated servers are at the top of the web hosting hierarchy.
A dedicated server is exactly as it sounds, a single server completely devoted to one website or application. This means 100% control over your bandwidth, storage space, plus the components related to security, performance, reliability and software. Due to all that, dedicated servers are the best of the best in web hosting services. Site owners or application developers can perfectly configure the server specifically to the user’s exact requirements and specifications.
Naturally, having an entire server to yourself does come with quite a price tag. All the responsibility your given to configure and maintain the server’s components requires a good deal of experience. However, similar to VPS hosting, you can pay for managed services to help with the workload.
Despite the cost and possible headaches of server management, dedicated hosting still beats hosting your own website. You’ll get leverage on your hosting provider’s power supplies and global networks, along with all day customer support. Many hosts including ourselves at Easy Business Hosting, will also help you with setting up the basic server and maintenance and can easily add other support services as required. The benefits of dedicated web hosting are; exclusive access to server resources, better security, performance and reliability, and unlimited customisations and control.