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The Different Types of Hosting for Your WordPress Website

Choosing the right WordPress hosting is quite a challenging task yet a crucial component to achieving success with your WordPress website.

For beginners, web hosting is a service that allows organisations and individuals to publish their websites on the web. And true enough, a lot of web developers get lost in this process due to a lot of factors to weigh in.

However, when planned properly, having the best WordPress hosting that suits your needs can help you get better visibility on the web, and ultimately, help you reach your online goals.

In this post, we will review and compare the different types of hosting platforms – shared, reseller, managed, VPS, cloud, and dedicated – to help identify which will work best for your business needs and at the same time provide a quality experience for your visitors.

1. Shared

Its cheap price and no-frills packages offered by providers makes shared hosting the most popular option for those who wants to deploy their website almost immediately. Despite that, it might not be the best option if you are after security and performance for your website. Why?

Shared hosting works by allowing many users to run their websites on a single server- hence the name.

Because all websites share the same resources of a single server – hard drive space, memory, processor speed and bandwidth – there is a high probability that the websites under this hosting platform will load slowly and potentially jeopardise each other from a security perspective.

  • Security – There is no assurance that all the users occupying the same server as yours are implementing proper security measures on their websites. If someone breaches one of these websites, then your own website can also be put at risk.
  • Moreover, since you all share the same IP address, if these websites do something that is unethical or illegal then your website can get penalised as well.
  • Limited Resources – When these websites start experiencing issues or receive a massive spike in traffic, they will start taking up more resources, which can immensely affect the performance of your website and can lead to the lose of your audience and clients.
  • Restricted Customisation – You are limited to run WordPress through its default configuration, and often are not allowed to modify the system files to tweak the performance of your hosting account.
  • Price Range: £5 – £15/month.

That said, aside from being a great option for those who are on a tight budget, shared hosting works best for housing sites that are still under development, websites where the loading time will not be a huge issue, and personal websites that are just for fun, or for when you’re only just starting out.

2. Reseller

Basically, reseller hosting is a type of hosting platform that allows you to resell your hosting space to other companies on behalf of your provider.

This is becoming a popular option for web developers who want to have an additional source of income aside from managing their own websites.

Compared to shared hosting, this option provides greater control over your hosting account (via a Web Host Manager control panel) and often comes with billing software to help you invoice clients, as well as other bonuses like free website templates, technical support for your clients, and private name servers.

  • It provides more control and other perks than shared hosting.
  • You can earn more revenue from your reseller hosting clients
  • You can save more if you purchase from a highly recommended reseller-hosting provider.
  • A customisable control panel for you and your clients.
  • Price Range: £10 – £30/month depending on features and resource limits.
  • On the flip side, having a reseller hosting account means that your services are limited. If anything goes wrong with your upstream provider, you will also suffer the same thing as well as your clients.

3. VPS – Virtual Private Server

This type of hosting platform is still a shared hosting environment, but the ways things are shared are extremely different.

Like with shared hosting, there is only one physical server that you have to share with other users. However, a VPS is divided into multiple sections that each user has exclusive access to.

Since VPS’ are offered at a much higher price, there will not be as many customers compared to shared hosting.

Under this platform, you are given a portion of all server resources. For instance, if you will use 10% of the resources, then you will be given 10% of the RAM, 10% of the available hard drive space, 10% of the processor capability, etc.

  • Less expensive than dedicated server
  • Plans are scalable to match your changing business needs
  • Provides more control over your virtual server than you get with shared hosting
  • Same level of technical support as with shared hosting
  • Price Range: £25 – £50/month depending on the guaranteed resources you get.

4. Cloud

Cloud hosting is a new kind of hosting technology that allows you to utilise the resources of a network of servers. This network is composed of individual servers that are connected with each other, making it one giant server that can be augmented further if the demand increases.

The major advantage of using cloud hosting is that it can handle a huge amount of website traffic without sacrificing the performance of your website.

  • Many hosting plans are flexible to suit your website’s needs
  • More control over the environment such as the operating system and configuration
  • Easy to adjust resources or duplicate an image to other instances
  • Price Range: Almost all providers follow a pay-for-what-you-use pricing structure.

5. Dedicated

Dedicated hosting works exactly as its name implies: you own your own machine or rent a single server from a hosting company, which you can have full control over if you want to. You can also lease a portion of your server to other companies if you want to generate other income.

With a dedicated server, you have full control of all the resources, so you don’t have to worry about other websites which can slow down your website.

  • Less expensive to lease than managed hosting
  • You have more freedom and control over the server
  • Provides a smooth, fast and reliable service to your visitors
  • Price Range: £100 – £500/month and up

When using this platform, you should also consider the cost of hiring a system administrator to take care of the technical details. Another downside is when there is a hardware failure. Unlike Cloud, which has other memory modules that take over in case of a system failure, it might take a while before you can get back up and running.

6. Managed

Managed hosting is basically an extension of vps, cloud or dedicated hosting but is targeted to companies who want to delegate the day-to-day management and maintenance of the servers to the hosting provider rather than by themselves.

Aside from managing the servers, the hosting provider will also keep the WordPress installation up-to-date, which helps protect the website against any security threats that could potentially steal important information and damage the business and its clients.

  • Active server monitoring to spot any potential failures
  • Security often includes virus scanning, spam filtering, firewall configuration and operating system updates
  • WordPress will always be up-to-date thus improving the overall WordPress experience.
  • Various speed optimisation tools like caching plugins and content delivery networks will be implemented by the hosting provider.
  • Many hosting providers conduct a daily backup service.

Choosing a managed service requires additional investment on your part, but it also brings numerous advantages to your business such as a reduced cost of operation and more effective use of your business resources.

Conclusion

These web-hosting platforms all have their own pros and cons, which you must weigh carefully to pick the one, that works best for your needs and your clients. In the end, picking the right web hosting platform is just one of the crucial steps to achieve success in your journey within today’s digital age.

About Steven Watts

Steven is the founder of Newt Labs. He's a WordPress specialist with an interest in building the most effective websites possible. For over 6 years, he's been helping businesses with their online goals.

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  • Great post Steven! I was wondering, which of these do you personally suggest for starters?

    • Steven

      Cheers Emmerey! For people just starting out shared hosting would be the way to go – so they can test out their idea and then later on once the idea is working migrate to something more substantial such as managed hosting. Most people seem to just go with shared hosting anyway as it’s cheap and gets them online – it’s when they don’t migrate to something more effective later on, once their idea has taken off and their audience is growing – that they can end up hurting their bottom line.

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