Deciding on a type webhost

  • Posted: April 20, 2012 
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Whenever you are in the market for a new host you should have yourself a little checklist before you get into any type of hosting.

What kind of hosting do you need?
It’s important to ask yourself what type of hosting you actually need.

Shared hosting:
This type of hosting is shared with many other users that are running on the same machine.  Some shared hosts grant you a specified amount of resource.  This is a perfect choice if you are just starting out.

Grid / Cloud Hosting:
Grid or Cloud Hosting refers to a fairly new hosting technology that lets hundreds of individual servers work together so that it looks like one giant server. The idea is that as the need grows, the hosting company can just add more commodity hardware to make an ever larger grid or cloud.

Virtual Private Server (VPS)
Virtual private servers share one physical server but acts like multiple, separate servers. A VPS is a stepping stone between shared hosting and getting your own dedicated machine. Even though each VPS instance shares hardware resources, they are allocated a dedicated slice of the computing resources.

Reseller Hosting
Basically shared hosting with the ability to sell space on it to make money.

Dedicated Server
When you have a dedicated server, it means you are renting one physical server from a hosting company. You can have full control (called “root” permissions in Linux) if you want it.

When you colocate, you rent rack space from a data center. You bring in your own server hardware and they provide power, cooling, physical security, and an internet uplink. This means you’re responsible for your own server software, data storage, backup procedures, etc. If hardware fails, you’re responsible for replacing it and getting the server back up and running.

Self Service
The ultimate hosting plan — you do it all yourself! You buy the servers, install and configure the software, make sure there is sufficient cooling and power in your machine room, and double up everything for redundancy.

This should only be a choice if you are in an area with a business internet connection where you can have more of a guarantee of speed and reliability because if your internet goes down so does your website.

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