You need hosting to build your website, if you are confused, which of the hosting type appropriate for your site, then surely this article will help you to figure it out.
Four main kinds of hosting are available which have their features, merits, demerits, which may help you to choose your hosting platform, as per your need.
Cloud server vs. dedicated server
A cloud server is a virtual server which is a large pool of multiple servers which is built, hosted and delivered by cloud computing. Thus a cloud can run multiple OS using the same resources. It is available to the users for their access. Cloud server allows the user to use applications and store data on the remote cloud server.
A dedicated server is designed to serve the needs of the whole network which contain thousands of computer connected to each other and communicate with each other. In a network, it is a single computer which is set aside to serve the need of the system. It indicates the server allocated to you only for hosting your website i.e. dedicated to the client site only to serve its need.
- Cloud server performance is better than an average dedicated server.
- Cloud server has a lack of control, but dedicated server provides full control.
If a physical server fails, Cloud server will switch to other servers, but if a dedicated server is a fail, then you are required to build a new server, reinstall the os and store the data again.
While the server is running, Cloud server can add CPU power and disk space, but the dedicated server must be shut down.
When you are updating Cloud server to a new server then no need to reinstall the operating system and device drivers but when you are upgrading dedicated server to a new server then there is a need to reinstall the operating system and device drivers
Cloud server is not very costly they cost $29/month to $199/month, and you need to pay the bill for the hour basis and for only those resources which you consume, but a dedicated server is quite expensive they cost from $99/month to $1500/month, and you need to pay on a monthly basis.
If your cloud server fails and is unrecoverable, you can power on the cloud server backup image, and you see that your cloud server is back and start running in few minutes. But in the case of a dedicated server, you need to reinstall an operating system, store files, and data again which is a time-consuming task.
Shared hosting vs. VPS hosting
Shared hosting is the most popular web hosting, in which its providers divide the server between their customers and allow them to share the server. Here all the customers are getting same resources of a system, to perform their respective task, whereas VPS stands for Virtual private server allows clients to share the server and resources of the system, but here customers are given a higher amount of CPU, RAM and more control over the server itself.
Unlike shared hosting, VPS host may not offer unlimited bandwidth and storage.
VPS hosting is more expensive than shared hosting, as prices for latter are usually less than $5 per month but former cost around $15 to $20 per month and may also increase, as per the need of your resources.
VPS is usually not required for busy websites, whereas shared hosting can handle large no. of users and greater complexity.
VPS is not suggested for the first post or for someone who will go to start a small site because it may disturb your site with a lot of traffic or your site is running slow, but these limitations are usually not faced by the users of shared hosting.
VPS is mainly used for small businesses that cannot afford a dedicated server, but they require a customized Web site. It also allows a single subscriber to maintain multiple virtual servers, but this does not happen with a shared host.
In shared hosting, you cannot change anything on the server, as per your need, whatever got from the provider is enough and you cannot do anything about this, but in VPS hosting, you may get this option.
Shared hosting can easily handle 90% of the websites, but VPS may not.