In this technological world it is not easy for any business to sustain without an online presence. You need a website either for your business, enterprises, or blogs and so on. It is always safe to not to opt for free web hosting services because there are advantages as well as disadvantages. You can choose free web hosting, if low or absolutely no cost is your concern but with free web hosting you will need to compromise on many things.
When you use free web hosting, there are many strict limitations like the limit on the number of visitors, pages, bandwidth usage, and storage and so on. And this affects your Google ranking. You will be able to optimize your website but you will not end up on the first position in the Google search results page in near future.
Due to these reasons while selecting the best web hosting company for your website, the decision should not be taken based on the price.
There are many things which need to be considered while searching for a web hosting provider. So, it will be difficult for you to decide which web hosting company you should use and which type of web hosting plan will suit your needs?
It is observed that generally people rely on the names through online ads as many companies are pouring all their money into producing such Ads or videos and they don’t spend that much money on hardware or technical support because they are offering the services at lower prices.
So, to help you solve this problem we have gathered the information about various plans, their pricing, and features offered by various web hosting providers, along with the things to be considered, so that it will become easy for you to choose right one for you.
Just go through this blog, and we are sure that it will definitely help you!
The First step is to imagine what kind of website you are going to set up?
Whether it is a blog or any online store or related to social media platform etc? Also think about all the special cases before developing your website because what happens, at some point you want a simple blog and then later you think why not sell few products. Now in this situation you should build an ecommerce website rather than creating a simple blog which will help you better.
Also decide on which platforms do you want to develop your website so that accordingly you can search a hosting plan which will support your application. Once it is decided the next thing to be considered is how much traffic will be generated by your website because nobody wants to go for an expensive plan at the time when there is less traffic but there can be a situation where you select a cheap plan and if your site becomes popular then it is possible to upgrade your plan as per your requirement.
Secondly choose a web hosting provider as per your requirement:
Now there are basic questions like why do you require a web hosting provider or service as per your requirement? Because they will provide you space on their servers where all your files and data will be stored and it will help you in making your website online. And if you are looking for performance then it can be affected by the type of server on which your website content resides.
Now you may have heard about Shared Hosting, Dedicated server Hosting or Reseller hosting and must be wondering what this is? Quiet confusing right?
Let us clear your confusion, they are the types of web hosting ,which you will consider at the time of selecting a web hosting plan as well as web hosting provider.
So following are the types of Web hosting services which are offered by various Web Hosting Providers:
- Shared Hosting
- Cloud Hosting
- VPS Hosting
- Dedicated Hosting
- Reseller Hosting
- CMS based Hosting
Let’s discuss each of these hosting types in detail
1. Shared Hosting
It is preferred by the beginners or starter businesses and also who has low traffic to their websites.
Let me first explain you the concept of Shared Hosting with an example from our day to day lives:
We all love to travel, right? So Shared Hosting can be compared to a public transport bus. When you are travelling in a bus instead of travelling in a private vehicle it is more economical. But the bus can take more halts and sometimes can get crowded.
Thus in Shared hosting your website resides on a server along with websites owned by other people or companies. Just like the way you are sharing the bus with other passengers. This makes Shared hosting cheap and economical. As the name specifies it is a hosting in which space on the server is shared with other websites so that the cost of this hosting is low. Sometimes you don’t even know that there are other websites which are residing on the server along with your website.
Now if some other website on this server starts receiving more traffic then that website will try to utilize more resources or in some situations if some other website gets compromised then in that situation your website will get affected too. It offers limited resources, flexibility is also limited, and you cannot use your choice of software’s or customized software’s.
As mentioned earlier it is cheap so widely used by the beginners.
2. Cloud Hosting
This hosting is helpful to the websites which require upgrading and requires security. It is a latest type of hosting which has become famous in last few years. Cloud Hosting is a virtual network and it is based on the concept of pay per use i.e. whatever resources you are going to use, you are paying for them only and these resources are auto-scalable i.e. expandable, which makes Cloud Hosting a perfect choice for anyone or sometimes for everyone.
Let me explain the concept of Cloud Hosting with an example:
We all use electricity. Now the use of electricity may vary on daily basis. Sometimes we use few units of electricity while on some specific time we can use more units of electricity. Here the auto-scalability feature is helpful i.e. we can use as many units of electricity as we require and we pay for it at the end of every month. Thus it is same as compared with Cloud Hosting. The user pays only for the resources which he or she uses.
In this hosting many domains share space on the same servers just like Shared web hosting but it manages the hosting more effectively as it uses virtual servers which are built on physical servers. They are expensive than Shared Hosting.
As mentioned earlier Cloud Hosting is auto-scalable, based on the concept of pay per use and can be deployed quickly.
3. VPS Hosting
It is useful for large businesses as well as ecommerce websites with more traffic. VPS stands for Virtual Private Network. It is a type of web hosting in which a number of virtual servers are created by splitting a dedicated server and each server has allotted various resources like CPU, RAM, HDD, etc. It is also useful for those users who like to have a resources offered by dedicated server but cannot afford it. It is expensive as compared to the Shared Hosting.
Let me explain its concept of VPS Hosting with the help of an example:
Now VPS can be correlated with a large slice of a cake i.e. the slice is a part of a cake which contains same ingredients and flavors just like in the cake. Thus this slice can be enjoyed individually and with much lower cost as compared to the cost of the full cake.
It is beneficial to the customers who are looking for performance, speed, security, uptime, storage etc. Because here you will get a private space on the server to manage your website. It gives more control and a unique IP address and more resources suitable for large businesses or enterprises.
This server is customizable, you can upgrade it quickly and that too at a low price and you also get a root access.
4. Dedicated Server Hosting
Dedicated Server Hosting
It is ideal for big organizations where traffic is far more than other websites because they require more resources and most importantly a special physical server for managing that website. This server has complete root access to all the resources offered by it.
Let me explain the concept of the dedicated server hosting with an example:
The Dedicated server hosting can be compared with a Private jet. It is owned by you and you can travel to any location as per your desire. The only disadvantage of using a Dedicated Server Hosting is that it is expensive.
With Dedicated Hosting you will get total control of the server and the resources offered by it. It offers full control over the complete server for your website as mentioned earlier therefore it is more expensive than VPS/Cloud hosting.
5. Reseller Hosting
The Reseller hosting, is mostly used by those who want to sell web hosting services but at the same time they don’t have the required infrastructure or the required server technology.
In this hosting a customer purchases a server space as well as the resources from a web host and then re-sell it to another person by designing his own plans to the other customers. Many web hosting providers offer White label reseller hosting in which the reseller can use hosting services under his own business name.
They also offer technical support to the reseller and not to the end user. Thus reseller hosting has become a standalone business for many agencies or organizations, where you can easily earn the profit.
It is also a kind of Shared Hosting where any client can resell hosting under his own banner. A reseller allots resources to his clients out of his total resource package, thus a reseller runs his own web hosting service and pays only for the reseller plan which he has purchased. The profit which he makes by reselling the hosting packages is kept for himself.
Let me explain the concept of Reseller hosting with an example:
A reseller hosting can be compared with retail outlets or a retailer or a shopkeeper. You know that a retailer purchases goods in large quantities from a manufacturer or a wholesaler and thus gets a massive discount. Then the retailer sells these goods to other customers as per their requirements and thus earns the profit from it.
Reseller hosting is cheaper than VPS or Dedicated Hosting. There is no need of server maintenance. You just have to sell the web hosting packages under your banner. Here you will get more control than Shared Hosting.
So try to find out your requirements, for selecting right web hosting plan. Also consider the various features that come with it. You can compare two web hosts as no two web hosts are similar. Select the one which delivers the technological solutions as per your website’s needs.
Compare different plans offered by different hosting providers on the basis of price, bandwidth, and disk space and also reviews.
6. CMS Based Hosting
CMS Based Hosting
Now let’s discuss about Content Management System which is abbreviated as CMS:
Customers select Content Management systems when they want to run a blog or a combination of various functions like blog along with a store or an online store etc. because CMS offers flexible platforms for a variety of online businesses.
The most popular CMS hosting services offered by various web hosting service providers are:
- WordPress Hosting
- Joomla Hosting
- Magento Hosting
- Drupal Hosting
- Django Hosting
- OS Commerce Hosting
- Video Hosting
- E-Commerce Hosting
While selecting a web host for E-Commerce Hosting, be careful about shopping cart technologies, and Payment gateways and so on.
One Click Installer
The CMS’s which I have mentioned earlier are required to be installed on your server because these are not the inbuilt part of your server. So in the traditional way, what you will do, you will find them online, then download and install them on your server, but instead of doing these you can search for a web host provider who offers one-click installer in their cPanel.
Last but not the least the most important part is "Customer Support"
Sometimes when you get into some problem related to your website or if you don’t know how to come out of that situation you need help from a expert and for that you should not remain dependent on your web developer or any other expert assistance for resolving the problem.
In this case you require a reliable web hosting company which offers technical support in a number of ways i.e. through Phone, Ticket and live chat etc. who will help you in solving your problem at anytime i.e. which offers 24*7/365 days Live Support. It is also important to check the performance of their technical support team.
From this discussion I want to clear some important points here:
When looking for best web host, compare plans, compare their features, pricing, ratings, reviews and try to use their demo control panel/ WHM and the results will automatically help you in selecting the best one!