What kind of hosting do I want anyway?
A couple of weeks ago we gave a general comparison of different virtual privates servers for those who had decided this was the hosting choice for them. However, a couple of you got in touch and asked, quite reasonably, ‘well, how do we know if we even want a VPS?’. So let’s zoom out a little bit and take a broader look at three of the main ways you can get a site online, and which is right for you.
If you want to kick it old school, you can go down the shared hosting route. This involves your host allotting you a certain amount of resources on a server that is also hosting other people’s sites. You won’t get the best performance out of this, nor will you be able to configure your site to get the best out of it, but you will be online cheaply and with minimum hassle. Watch out for limits placed on your resources by the host because breaking these can result in penalisations and your website suffering downtime.
With a dedicated server you have a whole server unit to yourself, to do with as you like. This gives you great performance and great options for taking charge of the server and configuring it to your needs, assuming you have the necessary knowhow. For high performance and total control, and with the funds to afford it, a dedicated server is the way to go.
Virtual private server (VPS)
Well you’ve already got the previous article to take you through the different types of VPS, but the concept of a VPS is that it functions as its own singular server that you can control fully, but is actually located on hardware that hosts other servers, whether that be one server, or spread across many on a cloud network. VPS are reliable (particular with the cloud option) and easily scalable for those who expect to see variation in the resources their site uses. They also allow you to maintain your own control for far cheaper, generally, than a dedicated server.
So there you have it, a brief overview of the basic options available to those looking to get a website online. As always what you choose will depends on your own personal needs and circumstances, but this should give you a general idea of where to cast your eye in your search for your desired hosting package.