Web Hosting Services: Types, Functions, and Your Right Pick

Hosting Web Servers are Hosting services that allow you to host your website for creating and maintaining access to the files and information available on your website for your users on the internet. There can be various types of Hosting services for your website depending upon the needs and budget of a website owner. The Companies that provide the Hosting services and solutions are called Web Hosts or Hosting Providers.

Moving further, there are basically five major basic types of Hosting services for beginners and medium scale websites available in the 2022 market that are accessible to the Website Owners. Hosting Web Servers offer a wide range of plans depending on the specific need for your website. Here are some of the major ones:

What are the things that are required for Web Hosting?

In General, there are a few sets of things that are required for having a Hosting service:

The most basic requirement is having an actual web server for hosting the website/s, be it a physical one or a virtual one.

You will need the basic facilities for running a server such as Space, Power, and Connectivity to the Internet.

You will need to connect the Domain with the Hosting Servers. This can be done by configuring your DNS (Domain Name System) so that they link to your hosting service.

The Sub Requirements for the Server are:

Space on the Disk installed in the Server System.

Database for managing the files on the Server.

Email Connection for establishing communication between the Client and the Hosting Provider or Service.

What are the major types of Web Hosting Services Available in The Market?

Depending upon the scope and accessibility, here are some major types of Hosting solutions available in the market:

Shared Web Hosting Solution:

If you opt for a Shared Hosting solution, then your website will be merged with multiple other websites on the same server and the number of merged websites can range from a few to a few hundred depending on the provider and Plan. Sharing the server means that you will be sharing the same CPU and same RAM and fixed storage with other people availing of the same hosting plan.

The benefits and resources are quite basic and completely built for learners and the newbies as you don’t get many of the features.

Reseller Web Hosting Solution:

Clients can themselves offer hosting solutions to other people and the entity delivering the service might have its own Virtual Portable Server (commonly called VPS) or simply might be selling a plan of another hosting solution as affiliate marketing. Many resellers even offer technical support as well but that depends on their portfolios. Don’t forget to check that out before subscribing to any plan.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting Solution:

In a Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting Solution, the resources are pooled but divided virtually in such a manner that all the users use independent parts of the same resource and do not affect the performance of another user’s networks and website if an overflow of traffic is there in one user’s website.

VPS is allocated resources on basis of one server to many VPSs available on the same hardware, and virtual division is done for a various number of reasons, one of the major reasons is the ability to move the VPS container between the servers.

There are two types of VPS hosting solutions, one is the managed one and the other is the unmanaged one. You can or you cannot get root access to your virtual space depending upon the plan that you have with your provider. Maintaining your Server, making Security patches, and installing Software Updates will be done by your hosting provider if you have a managed plan and will not if you have an unmanaged plan.

Dedicated Hosting Solution:

In this plan, the user gets full access to the Web Server and is capable of controlling the Server fully, and has the root access for the administrator access. In Reality, the user doesn’t own the server and also the service can be managed and unmanaged as well. This is the cheapest plan available in the market, however, if you have full access, then you are the one responsible for handling the updates, security patches, and installations.

Managed Hosting Solution:

In this type of plan, the user gets full access to their web server but they are not capable of fully controlling the server. In other words, the user is denied root access to the administrator, but the user is capable of controlling the FTP management tool and other remote management tools for handling installations and files on their network. 

As this type of Hosting is designed and planned to secure the user and provide them the best experience, the users are denied full control so that they don’t make any changes that are unhealthy for their network and websites.

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