Web Hosting Basics
There are several options for hosting on the web, so how do you know which one to choose? This post explores some of the different web hosting options. These web hosting options include: shared server hosting, dedicated server hosting, VPS server hosting, and cloud hosting. Each one of these hosting options has its own advantages and disadvantages, so hopefully this post helps you decide which web hosting option is best for you or your business!
We do always recommend consulting an expert before making any web hosting decisions, so please reach out to the AYKsolutions team with any questions!
Web Hosting Basics
First let’s start with the basics of hosting. In order to have a functional website you will need a server, or a computer that stores (hosts) all of the files for your website or network. The server responds to requests from a website browser and displays the requested page. In order to have your website function securely and efficiently, it is critical to have a trusted hosting provider. Of course there is a lot more to hosting than this, but leave the rest to us!
There are several types of hosting services that are available, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. It may be best to think of hosting as real estate, as parties essentially rent space to host their website or network. Let’s use the real estate visual going forward:
What is Shared Hosting
Shared hosting is one of the most popular and efficient means of hosting a basic website with normal functionality. Shared hosting servers are shared among, or rented to, several owners who all host their website on the same server. Parties therefore share both the hardware and software of the server. Shared hosting costs are lower than other hosting options, because the cost of the servers is spread out among several parties. This is like sharing an open floor plan, or creating a coworking space with other companies to break up the costs of rent.
Click here to view AYKsolutions Shared Hosting Packages. If your website is heavily utilized, hosts large files, or needs to perform as quickly as possible, you may want to explore dedicated hosting options.
What is Dedicated Hosting
Dedicated hosting is a popular option for websites with high traffic, functional needs, or speed needs. Dedicated servers are much faster and more efficient than shared hosting servers, because the entire server (hardware and software) is being used for one site or network only. Security is also increased with a dedicated server, as only one party has access to the server. Dedicated server hosting is like renting an entire building for your company. You can increase the efficiency and security of the space if you don’t have to share it with others, however it will come at an additional cost.
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What is Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting
VPS hosting offers some of the benefits of both shared and dedicated server hosting. VPS, or virtual private server, hosting is essentially a dedicated server, which is broken into several virtual components. VPS server software is set up in each of these components separately, and access is limited to each compartment is limited to one party. This type of hosting allows greater access to the server without needing to rent the entire server. VPS server hosting is similar to renting an entire floor of a building, with other companies renting their own floor in the building as well.
To explore VPS hosting options and their benefits, be sure to look into our VPS hosting options at AYKsolutions.
What is Cloud Hosting
Cloud hosting consists of several hosting servers working in unison to host several websites. When a website experiences spikes in traffic or bandwidth needs, additional hosting power can be added from the network of servers. Cloud hosting is similar to having a network of offices which you can use if you need extra space. You don’t own all of the office space, but can rent additional space quickly if it is needed. This is a good option for websites which need high functionality, without root access to the server itself.
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Choose the Right Hosting Package
There are many variations of the hosting options discussed above. We recommend consulting an expert. At AYKsolutions we are here to help you make the best decision for your business!