What are the different types of web hosting for businesses?

To be a business success on the web, a company needs an informative, reliable, and easy to navigate website. Today, there are many web hosting companies offering different types of web hosting plans. Before you make your web host choice, it is important to learn about the different types of web hosting available. Below is a list of the different types of web hosting.

Virtual Dedicated Server Hosting: This type of web hosting is sometimes referred to as a Virtual Private Server (VPS). This method of hosting involves dividing the server into various resources that all function independently from one another. You will be responsible for maintenance of the server.  A user will often choose virtual dedicated server hosting when one server has to be networked to other users in the same organization.

Dedicated Hosting: If you acquire dedicated server hosting, you will have a server and its resources dedicated exclusively to you. The benefit is there is more flexibility in the creation of the website. You will normally have a choice of managed or unmanaged hosting. With unmanaged hosting, you have to maintain the security of the website. With managed hosting, you can get a plan where the host company provides 24/7365 technical, security, and server monitoring support.

Colocation: Colocation hosting is much like dedicated hosting except you will have your own server which will be housed at the host’s state-of-the-art data center. Colocation hosting is a good choice for those who already have their own server and equipment.

Cloud: Cloud hosting is in the same group as grid and clustered hosting. When you move to the cloud, you will hire a cloud provider to run one or more of their systems on its own servers. Clients are provided with everything they need to run the cloud and the cloud they purchase comes ready to be deployed. The cloud has a unique feature where if there is a power outage, the hosting environment will migrate to another virtual server so the security and availability of the web site is maintained. As well, billing of resources is based on a pay-per-use fee structure which is much like how we pay our utility bills.

Because there are a number of different host plans available, before you choose your web hosting provider, it is important that you consider your business needs and budget. This will help you determine which type of web hosting is right for you. You can then find the web host provider that can fulfill your needs at a price that meets your budget.