02 Dec Which Web Hosting Option is Right for You?
Now that you know how web hosting works, you are going to have to choose between different types of servers to host your website on. Since not all hosts are the same, this breakdown of the various options should help you get started making an informed decision.
Managed vs. Unmanaged
Managed hosting means that you get customer support, and someone to take care of the many tasks required to set up a hosting environment. This includes setting up the operating system, managing security, performing routine updates and maintenance. Access to customer support also means that you have someone to call if anything ever goes wrong.
Unmanaged web hosting means that you’re going it alone. You get zero support, no one to help you install anything (including the operating system), and if something goes wrong you are on your own with no one to call. Needless to say, if you aren’t very familiar with servers then unmanaged hosting is not the best option for you.
(This choice is only really something you need to worry about if you are considering a dedicated or VPS solution, but it is a useful bit to keep in mind.)
Website Hosting Options
Website hosting comes in four different flavors: Dedicated, Shared, VPS, and Cloud. The differences between them includes the storage size, server speed, controllability, price, reliability, and the technical expertise and maintenance required to keep them secure and running.
Shared Server Hosting:
Though the name is pretty self explanatory, shared hosting means that you are sharing server resources (RAM, storage space, CPU, etc) with hundreds and sometimes even thousands of other websites. This is the cheapest hosting option available, but like so many things, the cheapest option comes with a price. Because you are sharing a limited amount of resources with so many other websites, if they experience heavy traffic and start pulling more resources, then your website slows down.
If we think of this in terms of our valet scenario (see “Web Hosting 101”), shared hosting means that there is only one valet on duty and his time is shared between everyone. As long as there are only one or two people wanting their cars at a time, everything runs smoothly and no one really has to wait. However, since there is only one valet who can get only so many cars at a time, if ten or fifteen people decide that they all want their car at the same time a line forms and people end up waiting.
Easy to get up and running
Customer support when things go wrong
Slower site speeds
More likely to have website downtime
Higher chance of security holes
Dedicated Server Hosting:
Dedicated hosting means that you have a server all to yourself. You know exactly how much storage space and RAM you get, and you don’t have to worry about anyone else pulling those resources from you. You have absolute control over the way your server is configured.
Dedicated hosting means you have a valet of your very own! He doesn’t get anyone else’s car, and whenever you are ready he is there waiting patiently for you, you don’t have to stand in line.
Ability to install whatever you want on your server
Absolute control over the resources available
Less prone to security risks
Much higher site speed
Most expensive option
You need to either know how to manage a server yourself or hire someone to manage it for you
Unless you pay for a “managed” option, you get no help from customer support
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server, and is basically the middle ground between shared and private hosting. You still share a server, but with significantly fewer people (usually less than 50 others). With a VPS, everyone is separated from each other and given a specific amount of resources that aren’t shared with anyone else. They do require some configuration, but if someone else’s site is getting a lot of traffic your speeds won’t be affected.
It is cheaper than dedicated hosting
Although you share a server, you don’t share resources
You have a guaranteed amount of resources allotted to you
The ability to create an unlimited number of databases and emails
You have more control over the server and the applications installed on it
More secure than shared hosting
It costs more than shared hosting
You still share a server with others
If you don’t know much about servers, a managed option can get pricey
Are you in the market for a new website host? Make sure your website has the resources it needs by contacting our team here at Fawkes FX. We can help you evaluate your website so you can find a perfect, stress-free fit! Visit our website or give us a call at (971) 888-7576.