Types of Webhosting solutions
Shared Hosting is a type of hosting in which your website is stored in a server with multiple users. This means that your website will be sharing your hardware and software resources with other people's websites.
The best part of this type of hosting is that it is cheap. Most web hosting customers choose this option when looking for a hosting solution they can afford. What this option does for you is that it takes away from you the responsibility of managing your hardware and system software.
Most of the hosting companies that offer this kind of hosting regime normally offer coupon codes for additional savings while also make it possible for you to install content management systems that your blog runs on (If you choose to go with them). There is also provision to install other software to enhance your site. However you cannot install anything that requires you to be the root user.
The pitfall with shared hosting is that the usage of the server by several clients may cause a strain on the system resources making sites on that particular server to respond sluggishly (This is not good for your visitors or search engines for that matter.)
Virtual Private Server
This uses a unique technology that allows you to monopolize a section of a server giving you the liberty to host your website as if from your own dedicated server. You will have full root access unlike in shared hosting but your hosting provider still manages your hardware.
You may be required to manage the server software part which means direct responsibility on your part to keep the system running.
In dedicated hosting solution, your hosting provider manages the server hardware although you don't share the server with anyone else. The server operating system and other Software is leased out to you making you be in firm control of all configuration options.
The performance of your website vis-a-vis the performance of your server will be predictable. You will nonetheless require a higher degree of technical knowhow to better undertake this hosting solution.
Colocation is the sharing of the facilities of a hosting/data center with other Internet clients. In this type of hosting, you buy your own computer (server) then rent space for it at a collocation facility. The reason you may want to have your own server at a collocation facility is because you will be provided with a reliable internet connection, an uninterrupted power supply, security and atmospheric control.
This hosting solution allows you to be in total control over the choice of hardware you settle on. It is less expensive compared to dedicated hosting in the long run. The cost of setting up is however enormous with equally expensive technological expertise required to add to your expenses.
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