HOSTING & SERVER MANAGEMENT
Web hosting is a service that allows businesses to make their website accessible to the public through the internet. When a website is created, it must be hosted on a server that is connected to the internet, so that users can access it from anywhere in the world.
There are several different types of web hosting, each with its own advantages and limitations:
Shared hosting: multiple websites share the same server resources, making it an affordable option for small businesses.
VPS hosting: Virtual Private Server hosting provides a dedicated virtual server environment within a shared hosting platform, offering more control and flexibility than shared hosting.
Dedicated hosting: A dedicated server is exclusively used by one website, providing maximum control, performance, and security. It's typically used for high-traffic websites, e-commerce sites or websites with complex functionalities.
Cloud hosting: A cluster of servers working together to host a website, cloud hosting offers high scalability and flexibility, ensuring websites can handle high traffic spikes.
Managed WordPress hosting: Hosting specifically tailored for WordPress websites with server-level caching, automatic updates, and enhanced security measures.
Each type of web hosting has its own features, cost and limitations, so it’s important for businesses to choose the right one based on their specific needs and budget.
Shared hosting is an affordable and popular option for small businesses looking to establish their online presence. Its low cost makes it ideal for businesses with limited budgets.
The main advantage of shared hosting is that it’s easy to set up and maintain, with the hosting provider handling the server management and maintenance.
However, the downside is that multiple websites share the same resources, which can lead to slower loading times and limited bandwidth. It can also be less secure, as security breaches on one website can impact all the others on the same server.
Additionally, shared hosting plans often have limitations on the amount of storage, bandwidth, and server resources allocated to each website.
VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting is a step up from shared hosting and offers more control, flexibility and security. With VPS hosting, a physical server is divided into multiple virtual servers, each running its own operating system and hosting environment.
This allows businesses to have more control over their server, with the ability to install custom software and have dedicated resources that aren't shared with other websites. Additionally, VPS hosting is more secure as each virtual server is isolated from the others.
However, VPS hosting can be more expensive than shared hosting and requires more technical knowledge to set up and maintain, it can also still experience performance issues if resources are not allocated properly.
Cloud hosting is a relatively new and popular type of web hosting that uses a network of interconnected servers to provide hosting services.
It offers many benefits including high scalability, flexibility, and reliability. With cloud hosting, businesses can easily scale their hosting resources up or down depending on their needs, which makes it ideal for websites with variable traffic levels. Additionally, cloud hosting typically offers better uptime and redundancy, as website data is stored across multiple servers.
However, cloud hosting can be more expensive than shared or VPS hosting, and businesses must have a good understanding of their resource needs to ensure they are not paying for unused resources. As with VPS servers, cloud hosting can require technical knowledge to set up and maintain.
Dedicated hosting is a type of web hosting where a single server is dedicated exclusively to one website or application. This provides maximum control, performance, and security.
With a dedicated server, businesses have complete control over their hosting environment, with the ability to customise the hardware and software to meet their specific needs. Dedicated hosting also offers high levels of security, as resources are not shared with other websites.
However, dedicated hosting can be expensive and requires technical knowledge to set up and maintain. Additionally, businesses are responsible for the server management and maintenance, which can be time-consuming and costly. Dedicated hosting is typically used for high-traffic websites, e-commerce sites or websites with complex functionalities.
WHY USE A MANAGED SERVICE?
Firstly, managed servers offer a high level of technical support, with the hosting provider handling server management, maintenance, and security, which can free up the business's time and resources to focus on other aspects of their business.
Additionally, managed servers can provide enhanced performance and reliability, with features such as automatic backups, software updates, and server-level caching. This can result in faster loading times, improved uptime, and a better overall user experience for website visitors.
Furthermore, managed servers can offer specialised hosting environments, such as managed WordPress hosting, which are tailored to the specific needs of businesses using popular CMS platforms.