How to Choose the Right Type of Web Hosting
As a webmaster, your website is the foundation stone to any success you may have online. Whether you run a successful ecommerce business, own a blog or affiliate program, your web hosting provider will be a major determining factor in how well your website performs. It is important, therefore, to know what type of web hosting is most suitable for you, and the importance of choosing the right host for your website becomes aggregated as more and more visitors find means to access your website.
Before choosing a webhost, you should have a confident idea on what type of website/network you wish to operate. This will be a determining factor in how well your website will function in the early stages of initiation. Keep a mental note on the capacity that your website will potentially have, and this will save you a lot of trouble of having to migrate to other hosts later on.
VPS hosting is, in simple terms, your own dedicated private server. Your website functions, traffic, and storage space will all be handled by the Virtual Private Server. The physical server is partitioned, and these are used for individuals who wish to isolate themselves from a ‘shared’ hosting plan. VPS hosting is recommended when you are establishing a professional business and are ready to take your marketing to higher levels, or if you run a successful online community and wish to improve your server speeds. VPS is a little different from dedicated hosting, because the server machine is partitioned into smaller networks rather than having a machine ‘dedicated’ to only you (which would fall more in the category of dedicated hosting). Usage of VPS hosting includes forum boards, social networks, high-end affiliate programs and others.
A reseller VPS system will save you from headaches, especially if you are new to the webhosting concept and wish to get started straight away. These webhosts will provide you with an account, under a management system such as cPanel, and assist you in the day-to-day operation of managing your website. VPS webhosting generally costs more, so make sure you are willing and have the capacity to pay higher prices.
Standard reseller web hosting is the best way to start for smaller private websites, businesses or organizations. These plans come, as with the VPS reseller, with an assisted web management system and support from technical specialists. These plans have a standard cost of from $80-90/year and are a great choice for blogs, informational websites and smaller arcades. Most of these plans include unlimited, or high levels of bandwidth usage and storage space.
In conclusion, to determine the right web hosting provider, you should take into account the purpose of your website and have a good indication on how far you are willing to extend your project. If you don’t know, it is probably best to start off with a standard reseller hosting instead of using your funds to buy expensive VPS hosting and not know what to do. Reseller webhosts will usually have people who are trained and can assist you in everything you need to know about being a webmaster.