Whether you don't have a website yet or you're going to need a website, you're also going to need some virtual storage where that website can sit. Not everyone can get away with a regular shared hosting account. Some people are going to require a dedicated server, or perhaps be on a cloud server for flexible changes. The three paragraphs below are from a recent blog article (Choosing The Right Type Of Hosting For Your New Website), in which our server tech broke down the three types of hosting in a fairly simple manner:
Shared hosting is the cheapest option, but it has its drawbacks. Shared means exactly that- instead of just your one website on a server, you actually share the whole server with up to 500 other websites. Think of shared hosting as an apartment building. You have a one bedroom apartment, and you can have a few friends over comfortably- but don’t wake the neighbors with loud music! But, what happens when you want to throw a huge party (say, after your website was advertised on the Super Bowl)? You can’t cram 500 people into your apartment. That is where the next two hosting types come in.
Dedicated hosting means you have your own server, 100% exclusive to your website. Instead of your one-bedroom apartment with shared hosting, you now have your own 3 bedroom house complete with a huge yard and your neighbors are far away- play all the loud music you want! Your new house can have a ton of people over comfortably- however, you still have a limit to the amount of people that can visit at any one time. However, there are still some advantages over the next type of hosting.
Cloud hosting is really a hybrid of shared and dedicated. Think of cloud as living in a hotel. Your hotel suite is a lot bigger than your apartment, but not the size of your house. But, here’s the catch- your hotel lease arrangement allows you to use the hotel conference rooms and resort for the day for only a few dollars! You can throw a huge party and comfortably handle your visitors and then just go back to your hotel room when it’s over.
Whether you need a shared hosting account with us, or just want to consult with us on what type of virtual environment would be a good fit for you and your company, we're here to help. Feel free to shoot us a message, call us, or email us and we'd be glad to help!