In our last article, “Types of Web Hosting” we spelled out the different types of web hosting which are available on the market. From shared web hosting, to VPS (virtual private server) web hosting, to dedicated web hosting and reseller web hosting, consumers have great options for the website needs.
But the question remains, even though you know the types of web hosting available to you, how do you know which type of web hosting is best for your business? To understand what you need, you can either check out our mega chart or read our excellent quick guide below.
Web Hosting For Bloggers
So, you’re a blogger. You spend the vast majority of your time blogging about topics you love (maybe its politics, maybe its food) and you hope that your blog receives some traffic and input from the greater inter webs. For you, the person just starting off as a blogger shared web hosting is for you. Shared web hosting is for you because:
- Your blog doesn’t draw a tremendous amount of traffic
- All you need is a simple WordPress install with a limited amount of resources (RAM, Disk Space, Bandwidth)
- You’re not worried about security all that much. What’s the worst that can happen, someone steals a blog post?
- You don’t want to spend a good amount of money. You know that WordPress offers free WordPress hosting accounts however you want your own domain. With shared hosting your not getting a wordpress.thisismyblog.com domain and you’re also spending a minimal amount of money per month on web hosting.
Beyond bloggers, a shared web hosting account is for anyone looking to get their feet wet in the web hosting industry. For the consumers who don’t need a ton of resources, who don’t need to worry about security concerns and who don’t want to spend a ton of money, shared web hosting is right up your alley.
However, what happens when your blog begins to grow? What happens when your blog starts getting enough traffic and interest to generate product sales? If this is the case, for the person who needs more resources, the knowledge that peak traffic hours won’t crash your blog/ecommerce website and who needs security measures to protect critical information, VPS web hosting is for you.
Web Hosting for Ecommerce
You’re still a blogger yet your blog has gotten popular enough to draw a significant amount of traffic during both non-peak and peak hours. Due to this, your blog has grown into a hybrid website of blog and ecommerce. For you, the blogger becoming an online business (ecommerce website) your web hosting need can be satiated by VPS’s. Here’s why:
- You’re drawing more traffic. Due to this, you need greater resource allocations (particularly bandwidth) to make sure your site doesn’t crash during peak traffic hours. In addition you’re going to need more disk space and RAM so your heavily visited website content doesn’t stall or lag under heavier traffic loads.
- Your handling customer financial transactions. Due to this, you need a greater amount of security than shared web hosting can offer. You need to be sure your hosting provider supplies the security measures to ensure your customer data is protected and secure. Within the confines of shared hosting, as all users utilize the same hardware, this just isn’t possible. It’s better to be safe than sorry. VPS’s provide that security over shared web hosting.
- You’re growing. Due to this, you need the ease of scalability. With your growing online reputation, you’re growing ecommerce business needs to be able to scale upwards to meet the demands of your customers. With shared web hosting, this just isn’t possible. If you can’t scale upwards to meet demands, your customers get pissed and leave. You don’t want this. You need a web hosting solution which scales at the turn of a dime.
- You’re online presence must be 24/7/365. Due to this, you need a web hosting solution with a SLA that guarantees website uptime. If you’re ecommerce site crashes at peak traffic hours, your customers get mad and leave. You don’t want this. With a SLA of guaranteed uptime, you can rest assured that your ecommerce site will be up and functioning during the heaviest traffic loads and when the 3 AM insomniac wants to buy one of your products.
VPS web hosting is a great solution for growing online companies. For companies who need more than the limitations of shared hosting yet do not yet need the dedicated resources of dedicated web hosting, VPS hosting solutions hit the spot.
However, what happens when your blog/ecommerce website continues to grow with your now, national corporation? For you, the company who has a blog, an ecommerce site, a self sustaining customer forum, a customer community section, an internal and external career section and multiple online customer sales/technical help portals, dedicated web hosting is for you.
Web Hosting for Corporations
With the national and international popularity of your company, your once small blog, which morphed into a mid level blog/ecommerce website, has become an enterprise level website offering forums, ecommerce platforms, a comprehensive company blog, internal and external career sections and online technical/sales help. For you, the international corporation, you need dedicated web hosting. Here’s why:
- You need robust dedicated resources and you dedicated hardware. Due to the size of your website, how much traffic your site receives on a daily basis, how much data you have stored in your file systems and databases, your website needs to have its one singular server or multiple servers. For a website your size, shared hosting and VPS hosting just won’t due.
- You need to install your own software, apps and programs to fully customize your website. Dedicated hosting is the only type of hosting which fully allows for this.
- You need security. With your own server, own node and own hardware, dedicated server hosting provides you with the best amount of security you can get in the web hosting industry.
- You’re site always needs to be up and running. Just like the mid level blog/ecommerce site, you need to be up and running 24/7/365. With a dedicated server you control your web hosting environment and have full control over your server. This means you can always ensure your website uptime.
- You’re site needs to load fast. With dedicated web hosting, you can get the maximum amount of resources to make sure your site always loads and loads crazy fast. To this point, it might be a good idea to look into colocation or managed colocation web hosting solutions. (more on colocation and managed colocation later).
But what if you want none of this? What if you simply want to make some money and have no need to blog or become a large ecommerce site? In this case, reseller hosting is for you.
We won’t go into it in depth, but reseller web hosting is for those among you who want to purchase resources from a provider, provision them as he/she sees fit and then host clients on your own. Reseller hosting is a quick and easy way to make some money in the web hosting industry without being a full service web hosting firm.
With all this said, to take a better visual look at who needs web hosting, we direct you again to the mega chart on our home page.
But, if you prefer, check out our next article, “Do You Really Need Unlimited Resources?” We promise you, it’s a great read.