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A Guide to the Different Types of Business Hosting

There are many types of business hosting available for businesses today. The type of business you have, the amount of traffic visiting your site, and the purpose of you website are the major considerations when choose the best business hosting for your website.

The basic type of hosting you can get and the most inexpensive one is shared hosting. Other businesses share the web space with you and this is what is meant by shared hosting. The problem, however, with this type of hosting is that you share bandwidth with other businesses and you can find yourself having little bandwidth to use if the other clients are using most of the bandwidth. You only choose this type of hosting if you are certain that this will not be a problem to your type of business. If limited flexibility is not a problem to you, then shared hosting is a great choice since it is inexpensive. This type of hosting is used mostly by startups with few visitors.

If you get dedicated service then you don’t share web space with other clients of your web hosting provider. It is only for your website that this server is used and you have full control over it. Running the server can be done by an expert or you can do it yourself. However, this is more expensive than shared hosting since you are buying the whole server. You will not have any trouble if there is a sudden increase in your website traffic. This is ideal for large businesses which depends on the website for their business.

If your hosting company runs the server, then you have managed hosting which is also a dedicated hosting service. You have plenty of web space not shared with other sites and the server is run by experts. Since you are hiring the expertise of the hosting company, then the cost is likely to increase.

In collocation hosting your server is stored in a data center. Your server will be renting space in the data center which you need to pay for. Hardware is provided, temperature control and security, and you provide the server and look after it. Colocation is beneficial since you don’t need to invest in infrastructure and you also have full control of your server. If you need to update your server, you need to travel to the center to do it which would incur most costs.

With cloud hosting you can use several servers which you can gain access to when you need it and pay for it. If you don’t need more servers, then you pay only for what you use. This is ideal if your business needs more than one server. This is ideal during peak seasons when your website traffic suddenly upshoots.

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