Web Hosting can seem complicated. What’s the difference between VPS and dedicated? Do I need to pay for everything? Should I hire a site engineer? Why have I listened to Katy Perry for 24 hours straight?
The answer? It’s actually pretty simple! (not Katy Perry) So, let’s break down what all of these different services mean for you and your blog.
Many web hosting companies only offer packages based on certain packages. Specifically, I’m talking about shared, VPS, managed and dedicated web hosting. So those are the ones we are going to focus on for the sake of this article. (NOTE: Based hosting via Windows and Linux are possible and effective, but not very common.)
Cheap. Common. Good for the beginner. Shared hosting is where most of us bloggers started. It can range anywhere from $2.99 to $15 a month. Those price differences usually come with the difference between a limited and unlimited hosting plan. Bluehost offers one such unlimited plan.
These services mean your website will share a host with upwards of 200 other websites. That means you will share an IP with each and every one of those other websites. So, if you choose a limited plan and one of those other 199 websites starts consuming a high amount of CPU or offering illegal downloads, then you could see a slow-down in server resources. But this is very rare and shared hosting still gets a high recommend for any beginner.
It’s good to note that if you are using WordPress with a shared service, WP offers a reverse site lookup that allows you to see which other sites are currently sharing your server/IP.
VIRTUAL PRIVATE SERVER (VPS)
The next package we’re tackling is VPS. This is a slightly more specialized, but still common hosting option offered by many companies. The main thing to know about VPS is your resources will be limited, but they will be YOUR resources. A dedicated IP and root server will be attached to your website, eliminating any associations with unknown websites.
They usually cost a bit more than a shared package, but that’s because they are more reliable for those sites that require their own resources. But there are definitely levels of VPS. For example, a lower-tier VPS server will be less reliable than a shared package from Bluehost or other similar services. You cannot fully rely on a VPS to solve any site down issues you are having.
Next we have to break down the two types of VPS packages. MANAGED and UNMANAGED.
Unmanaged is for the more adept user. It requires you to be responsible for everything on your serve. If you have a knack for writing and installing new script and the intricacies of websites, then this can offer a broader sense of customization and control. We’ve reviewed plenty of unmanaged hosts in the past.
Managed, on the other hand, takes more out of your hands. It’s usually a bit more costly, but that’s because the platform simply makes things easier for you. A good platform will provide you with a full host support team, guiding you through every step. If you’re not a technical person, this is perfect. More importantly, managed is perfect for WordPress users. For that particular reason, let’s dive a little deeper into Managed hosting. (or click HERE to skip to dedicated packages)
So we already established that managed means that there is a team behind you working on your site, letting you simply do your thing. That’s a whole group of people making sure every valuable add-on, plugin, and update is enabled and installed properly. This also includes insuring your websites is as safe and secure as WordPress can be.
But the greatest asset that a managed host supplies is the instant support. It can be frustrating searching through endless articles like these or scouring forums hoping that someone is having the same problem you are and that someone else has a solve. With a managed service, you can contact an expert who really knows WordPress or a similar platform. They will help you quickly and effectively.
Finally, with managed hosting, daily backups will most likely be created for your website. This insures that your most valuable assets will never be lost. There can be any number of server or host accidents. A backup is your only way of making sure that hours and sometimes years of hard work don’t go to waste.
Ultimately, managed hosting is all about making things go as smoothly for you as possible.
Does your website or app use an exceptional amount of resources? More than the average blog? Then a dedicated server will most likely serve (no pun intended) you best. A dedicated server is exactly what it sounds like. You will pay a little more for resources that you share with nobody. You will be completely under the tent of the company’s infrastructure.
Just like VPS, you will have the option between a managed and unmanaged server plan.
WHICH DO I CHOOSE?
In the end, choosing which type of package you go with depends on where you are with your website.
If you’re a beginner, a shared host is a great place to start.
Do you need tons of CPU? A dedicated host is the way to go.
A bridge between the two? VPS is your guy.
As for managed vs unmanaged, if you want all of your focus to go on creating righteous content, a managed web host will do everything to enable that.
All in all, there is something for everyone! Don’t know which web host to choose? Well, check out this table, and you wont have any trouble.
|Web Host Provider||Pricing||Speeds||Special Mention||View Review||Visit Web Provider|
|$3.95 or $4.95 for Cloud||Very fast||Best Cloud Hosting||Review||Visit HostGator
|$3.92||Very fast||Best Shared Hosting / Cheapest||Review||Visit A2 Hosting
|$3.95||Fast||Best Beginner Web Hosting||Review||Visit Bluehost
|$3.95||Fast||Best WordPress Blog Hosting||Review||Visit Siteground