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What is web hosting ? (What is web hosting)

When you create a website or blog, all its contents like images, videos, pages etc. have to be stored in the server so that other people can access it through internet.

Web hosting is a type of service that allows us to upload our website to the internet.

For website hosting we need a powerful server which should always be connected to the internet so that our website is available to the users 24 hours without any problems.

Since we cannot maintain this type of server ourselves, because its mantanance cost is very high, we resort to web hosting companies for website hosting. Web hosting companies have their own powerful servers, technology and technical staffs.

We buy hosting service from them according to monthly or yearly package and we get space in their server where we can easily host our website.

What are the types of web hosting? Types of web hosting

There are many types of web hosting too, when we create a website, we buy hosting according to our needs. It is mainly of 4 types:

  • Shared
  • Dedicated
  • VPS
  • Cloud

Let us now understand them in some detail: Shared Hosting: 

As the name suggests, many websites are using the same server in this type of hosting.

Since, you are using many websites simultaneously using the same server space, RAM, and CPU, so it will be much cheaper for you than other hosting.

Just like if you use your own car to go somewhere, you will have to spend more money, while if you travel in a bus, you will save a lot of money.

For example, if the traffic in your website is very high, then the speed of the website will be reduced and maybe some technical errors may start appearing to your visitors.

Shared hosting is better for:
If your business is small or you are just starting, then this type of hosting is very good for you. If you are creating a blog then you should start with shared hosting. Hosting a website is very easy in Shared hosting. You can easily install many tools and plugins in it.

Dedicated Hosting:

In this, you have the right over the entire server. It has many advantages, but it is very expensive compared to other hosting. Since only your website is being hosted on the whole server, it is completely under your control. You can change its opertating system and other settings.

VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting:

We can consider VPS hosting to be a mixture of both shared and dedicated hosting. In this model you have a dedicated server but this server is a virtual server and not a physical one, let us understand in some detail:

Here a website gets more space, computing power and bandwidth than shared hosting, hence page load time becomes much faster than shared hosting in VPS hosting.

It is not better than dedicated hosting but it is better than shared hosting. If you feel that traffic is coming to your site in very high volume, then you should know that it also has some limitations in VPS hosting.

Cloud Hosting:

The problem with dedicated servers and VPS is that you have less resources and there is a limit on storage and capacity. Although most websites do not reach this limit, sometimes some of the contents of the website can go viral and this suddenly increases traffic which is difficult to handle.

You can find solution to these problems in cloud hosting. Here, not a single server, but many servers host your website together.

In the last few years, cloud hosting has become very popular and its trend is increasing.

High volumn traffic to your site on cloud hosting does not affect its loading speed.

However, like dedicated hosting, you cannot control the entire server in it, ie you cannot change any server settings or install any special software.

But if you have a simple website and do not need more technical options, then cloud hosting may be a good option for you.



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