Website owners often tend to overlook the importance of choosing the right hosting provider. Your website’s speed depends greatly on where you host it, so the two primary components that will affect your decision are cost and speed.
You have four main choices when it comes to hosting your website; we will review all of them in details. You can host your site:
- With virtual hosting ( or shared hosting)
- on a Virtual Private Server (VPS)
- on a dedicated server
- in the cloud
The four main choices
Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting
Dedicated Server Hosting
You can also host your website in the cloud instead of on a server. The cloud means storing your data on the internet rather than on a machine in the back of somebody’s office. By hosting on the cloud, you can use as much or as little resource as you need, the internet is your limit. It’s also cheaper than hosting on a server because you often share maintenance cost with a larger group of people.
The cloud does have cons; your data can be all over the internet which is not a good idea if you handle secure information. It rarely goes down, but when it does you cannot do anything since it is all hosted online; and vice-versa if you do not have access to the internet you cannot use your files.
How do I choose?
Your hosting needs will depend on how many resources you need. If customers interact with your website a lot – such as if you have an e-commerce store or a login area – you will need more resources, and clients will be more demanding on the speed of your website.
To sum up, for more websites shared hosting is enough. The same sites can pay a little more for the added security that the VPS provides. If your site uses large web apps, then you might have to go for a dedicated server. Once you’ve made up your mind on the size, you can make up your mind on whether you want your site to be hosted on a machine, or in the cloud.
You should be able to ask your website developer for their input, and they should be able to recommend the best options for you site. Here at Matmon, we offer all four of those options in our datacenter, in the cloud and with third-party providers.