Types Of Hosting Services

Tsveti Georgieva Feb 4, 2010 There are many web hosting offers on the market but actually more or less all of them can be classified into one of the following four categories: shared hosting, dedicated hosting, virtual private server (VPS) hosting, and reseller hosting. This article is a very brief overview of each of these four types, each of which is reviewed in more details into a separate article. In other words, many accounts and many sites per account can be hosted on one server independently of one another. The main advantage of shared hosting is that it is cheap. For many small and midsized sites a shared hosting package is the best deal but for a large site with heavy traffic shared hosting is generally insufficient. Dedicated Hosting Dedicated hosting is this type of a web hosting plan when a webmaster rents a whole server for his or her sites only. The prices of dedicated servers are very high (hundreds of dollars a month) and because of this dedicated servers are worth considering only when a site is a large one and there is a lot of traffic to it. One more benefit of dedicated hosting is that a webmaster has more freedom to choose the hardware, the operating system, and the other applications for the host. This is especially true for unmanaged web hosting because with this type of hosting the webmaster is the only one who administers the server. The second variety of a dedicated hosting package is managed hosting. Managed dedicated hosting means less freedom in administration for the webmaster because it is the hosting company who plays the main part in administering the server. VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting VPS hosting emerged recently when virtualization technologies made it possible to deploy multiple logical servers on one physical machine. With VPS each user has his or her virtual server, which is similar to dedicated hosting minus the price tag, but the virtual servers of many users reside on the same physical server, which bears some similarity to shared hosting. VPS hosting can be regarded as a cheaper surrogate of dedicated hosting or the more expensive (and powerful) counterpart of shared hosting. Reseller Hosting The fourth common type of web hosting plans, which is also the least popular, is reseller hosting . Reseller hosting can be regarded as a variety of dedicated hosting because when a webmaster signs up for a reseller hosting plan, he or she gets a dedicated server. However, the difference from dedicated hosting is that the webmaster can resell space on the server to third parties and make money in the process.
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