Internet presence has become a necessity for almost every business today. It doesn’t matter whether you are selling services or products, or you are promoting a non-profit activity, you need to have an internet presence. The first thing you have to do is get a website or blog up. Later, you will have to apply methods to pull traffic on your website. Your website needs to be hosted on a server in order for it to stay up and running. This is why you have to choose a web host before putting your website in the internet world.
There are different forms and types of web hosting. You could choose from personally owned server hosting, shared hosting, dedicated hosting, VPS hosting, etc. The most important thing to consider here is the size of your business, the amount of data that goes on your website and the number of visitors coming on your website. Considering the amount of resources your website uses you will decide the type of hosting you need. While picking the right type of hosting the most important thing to look at is your budget. You can find cheap web hosting or extremely expensive one depending on the type you choose.
Dedicated server means your website is hosted on a dedicated server placed in a server room of a web host. This particular server is always up and running for your website but this is the most expensive way of web hosting. Next thing to consider is shared hosting. Shared hosting is most affordable but also most inferior in many terms. If your website gets a lot of traffic and needs a lot of resources, shared hosting is not the thing for you. Too many websites on the same server (i.e. shared hosting) can make it quite slow and insecure.
When you know that too few resources offered by shared hosting are not enough for you and the costs of dedicated hosting aren’t suitable for your budget, virtual private server hosting is what you need. Your web host will create a virtual server on its physical server for you and reserve these resources for you to use only. Make sure you have done the analyses to know how much hard drive space, RAM and bandwidth would be most suitable for you so you can have a virtual private server exactly according to your requirements. Lastly, don’t forget to ask for security protocols that your web host has in place.