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What Type of Web Hosting Do You Really Need?

You may be concerned that a lot of web hosting services are not really good enough for your website. The fact of the matter is, that for most small businesses and people starting out, they are. BUT, you have to look at the options and decide which type of hosting you really need.

There are basically two types of common website hosting services. These services vary greatly in the ability of your website. However, one is definitely geared more towards high volume websites such as those built by major corporations, while the other is geared more towards the small business. There are always exceptions to the rule, however.

Dedicated Hosting

With dedicated hosting, you lease a server from the host, and this server is dedicated to your website alone. This is a more expensive hosting solution. However, it has several advantages. First, you are able to almost guarantee that your website will experience little or no downtime due to busy servers. Second, you don’t have to worry as much about website security, because no one else is using that server.

There are two different types of dedicated hosting, managed and unmanaged. Unmanaged dedicated hosting is where you get very limited support with the server, and most of the maintenance of the server has to be done by you or someone you hire. Managed dedicated hosting is where you get a huge amount of support, and you have very little to worry about when it comes to the server. Of course, managed dedicated hosting is the most expensive option, and is often only chosen by large corporations or companies that anticipate a lot of traffic and business very quickly.

It tends to be overkill when it comes to small time websites and startup companies. These smaller websites don’t really need the space or bandwidth that a dedicated server can offer.

Shared Web Hosting

This is the type of hosting most people think of when they think about starting a website. When you do an internet search for web hosting, chances are the top ten, or more, results will be shared hosting companies. These companies offer hosting to a vast number of people. They own and maintain their own servers for the purpose of hosting all of these websites.

The downside to this type of web hosting is that you do not have a dedicated server. You are sharing a server with several other websites. If one of those websites has a high traffic day and takes up server resources, your website may not function properly.

On the other hand, the ability to maintain very inexpensive hosting is a huge draw for shared hosting services. In addition, many websites that use this option are small time businesses that are not likely to need the additional space and bandwidth of a single server dedicated only to their website. The key here is to choose a reputable web host that guarantees website up time at least 99 percent of the time. This means the web hosting company has many web servers and keeps them well maintained to ensure that you do not experience any problems with your website.

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