A lot of people think that they can establish their own digital presence simply by relying on their social media accounts. While that is certainly doable, the only way for you to ‘truly’ make a splash in the online world is for you to create your own website.
Unbeknownst to many, a web hosting provider is needed to make your website have online accessibility. That is because it is the job of the hosting company to house your website in one of its servers to have it online.
That being said, in your quest of finding the best web hosting company, you might come across terms such as shared, VPS, dedicated, and cloud hosting. These are actually different hosting plans that are on offer by various companies. What exactly are they?
Well, if you are curious and are itching to find out, do read further to know some basic facts about the different hosting plans out there.
The first hosting plan that I am going to talk about is shared hosting. That is because this is the most common hosting plan that you can find that hosting companies provide. There is a reason why it is called ‘shared’ hosting. I’ve touched upon briefly why websites can be accessed online. For that to happen, a website’s files and database will be placed inside a server- which is a powerful computer that is meant to run 24/7. So long as the server is running, you can expect a website to be online as well.
Now, shared hosting just means that you share the resources of one server along with other users. This has the advantage of it being the cheapest hosting plan among the others.
This is ideal for people who are thinking of creating a blog, a website for their startup project, a portfolio site, or any promotional website or affiliate marketing platform. The only thing that I do not like about shared hosting is the limited number of resources. For the most part, any website that you run should suffice with shared hosting, but keep in mind that resources can be scarce, especially in times that you need them the most.
Shared hosting should be adequate for most users, but for people that want to have more dedicated resources for their websites, they might want to consider VPS hosting. VPS is just an acronym that stands for Virtual Private Server. As the name implies, it is where a program is used to create a server in a virtual environment that pretty much acts similarly to an actual, physical server.
A website owner potentially gets more resources as a result at the expense of higher costs (but not too expensive as one might think). The downside to VPS hosting is that it may still not be enough for online stores, especially those that have become quite successful.
If you want complete control over your website’s resources, then look no further than dedicated hosting. Unlike VPS hosting, you will get an actual server all to yourself. Because of this, dedicated hosting plans are the most expensive ones that you can find.
With the use of cloud computing, web hosting companies are able to make a ‘cloud’ of servers that will help solve the problems that I’ve just mentioned. Keep in mind that there are still only a few hosting companies that have migrated to this type of hosting plan, but you can expect more companies to follow suit in the near future.