Choosing the right web hosting service depends on several factors, including your resource needs, performance demands, security demands, hosting budget, server administration preferences and scalability requirements.
So first of all, identify your needs. Do you have low, heavy or highly variable traffic? Do you need to minimize downtime or guarantee high availability? Do you want control over your server and its performance?
If you’re not bothered about any of those issues, you’ll probably be fine with shared hosting. If you answered yes to any of those questions, you might be better suited to VPS of dedicated hosting.
Shared web hosting means that your website will sit on the same server as many other sites. It’s the simplest type of hosting in the market, and it’s the cheapest too – it can cost a very little amount per month/year – because it comes with limited bandwidth, space, administration and performance capabilities.
Think of it like a family data plan: responsibility is shared equally among users, and your allotted data in the plan don’t exceed.
If your needs are pretty basic, shared web hosting is a great option. It’s good for small websites who don’t want the flexibility and customization options of VPS or dedicated hosting.
VPS hosting is a more premium option than shared hosting, giving you greater customization options and increased performance. It costs more, but you get more bandwidth and private disk space, better performance, more safety features, and have full control when it comes to increasing or decreasing your data setup.
That’s important if you’re anticipating that your website or creative business is going to grow. VPS hosting will enable you to deliver a user experience that goes beyond the basic shared hosting level.
A dedicated server is best suited to anyone looking to build complex websites that need to look after hundreds of users in a no-compromise environment. (Think Amazon.) It’s like having your own computer: you don’t have to share your space, power or resources with anyone else. Dedicated servers are usually the fastest and most powerful choices available, though some of the high-end VPS options can give the lower performing dedicated servers a run for their money – so check the specs.