Types of Web Hosting

Types of Web Hosting

When considering purchasing a web hosting plan, it is important to know the differences between different options, their characteristics, advantages and disadvantages. We provide you below with a brief description of each major type of web hosting service to help you stay informed and make the best choice.

Dedicated Servers

Dedicated web hosting is a service by which the client rents a server, owned by the web hosting provider, to which it has full access. Dedicated servers, as the name implies, are reserved exclusively for one client, and many dedicated web hosting plans include various server management options.

Shared Servers

Shared web hosting, usually cheaper than renting a dedicated server, is the option of renting space on a server that is otherwise shared with other-hundreds, sometimes thousands-of other customers. Because the server is not exclusive to the client, it is always managed by the web hosting provider.

Colocation Centers

Colocation hosting is similar to dedicated web hosting in that the servers are stored in secure datacenters, saving valuable space and resources for the customer. In this case, however, the server itself is owned and managed by the client.

Virtual Private Servers

Also known as virtual dedicated servers, they are very similar to dedicated servers, but each server is an individual partition on a single physical machine, having the characteristics of an independent server (it can be rebooted separately, run on any operating system regardless of the other partitions, etc.)

Reseller Hosting

Reseller web hosting allows the customer to buy a dedicated or shared plan, and then resell a certain amount of bandwidth or hard drive space to his or her own customers for a profit.