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How to Choose Right Type of Web Hosting by Dave Summits Are you confused with all of different types of web hosting? Do you know which type is best for you? This guide will try and help you to find out which type of web hosting best suits your needs and budget.
First of all, here are different terms that will be discussed:
Shared hosting Reseller hosting VPS (virtual private server) Dedicated server Colocation
What is shared hosting? Shared hosting is most common type of budget web hosting. You are hosted on a server with different websites, that you share server with. One abusive site can slow down whole server, and on an unsecured server, a malicious user can gain access to your files. The number of sites hosted on a server depends on web host, and size of plans. Users on shared servers often experience slow speeds, due to overselling. Many shared server web hosts oversell their servers. Overselling is assuming that most users will not use up all of their resources, so they put more users on a server than it could hold if every user used up all of their alloted resources. This isn't too big of an issue if web hosts know what they're doing, and oversell responsibly. Shared hosting can start very cheap, as low as a couple dollars per month, but I suggest going with something a little more costly.
What is reseller hosting? Reseller hosting is very similar to shared hosting. Reseller hosting takes place on a shared server. The difference between shared and reseller hosting is that with a reseller account, you can create shared hosting accounts. Depending on host, you can create an unlimited number of shared users, but of course you cannot use more space and bandwidth than you are alloted. With reseller hosting, you can start your own web hosting business, give hosting away to friends, or make many accounts for yourself. Overselling can still be an issue with reseller hosting, because you still share server with other resellers and shared hosting users. Reseller hosting usually costs a little more than shared hosting, starting at around $15-20.
What is a VPS? A VPS is a virtual private server. Also known sometimes as a VDS, or virtual dedicated server. A VPS is very similar to a dedicated server, except that you are still sharing server with other users. However, with a VPS, you are in an isolated environment. Each VPS user has its own partition of server, and therefore an abusive user does not effect other users on VPS. You get root access to server, and can install your own software. You also have ability to create reseller accounts. With a VPS, you can do everything that shared and reseller hosting users can, as well as complete control over your slice of server. VPS costs more than shared and reseller hosting, with usually starting around $40 a month. I can recommend PowerVPS.com with firsthand experience, I am very happy with them. Their lowest price for a cPanel VPS is $44.50 a month with 10GB storage and 150GB bandwidth. I also recommend (without firsthand experience) LiquidWeb.com, which starts at $60/month with 20GB storage and 200GB bandwidth.