I chose to define Web hosting as a service or space provided on the web or internet on which you can host (keep) a website or blog and have it visible and accessible to other users on the internet.
In other words, for others to see your website, it needs to be stored – or “hosted” – on a publicly-accessible computer (a server). That storage space, and the features that come with it, make up your hosting plan.
There are three basic types of web hosting. They include:
- Shared Hosting
- Virtual Private Servers
- Dedicated Servers
As the term “Shared” implies, a Shared hosting plan consists of a large server shared by a number of websites. That is, your website gets to share a server with hundreds (100s) of other websites.
Whatever features offered in this server, such as storage space, bandwidth, etc, it is shared (evenly) among all the websites hosted on that server.
As a result of sharing these resources, though you may have access to all the resources you need, but you get to pay less as you also get to share the cost of the server. This means that shared web hosting are usually very cheap.
There are usually a number of plans with increasing features and cost within a shared hosting service offered by web hosting company (registrars) across the globe.
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Virtual Private Servers
VPS is a far upgrade to any form of shared web hosting plan. It offers upgraded and better resources, and you share it with only a few other websites, giving you more power, flexibility and control, more web storage, bandwidth, etc. As a result, it is quite very expensive as compared to shared web hosting.
And finally we have the Dedicated servers. As the term “Dedicated” implies, it is exactly what it sounds like as it is a single-tenant virtual machine that is dedicated to just you and you alone. It’s the most expensive option, but only high-traffic, resource-intensive websites really need it.
So these are the basic web hosting plan offered over the internet.
Some registrars might have a managed wordpress plan, but it is usually them just offering hosting plans dedicated to WordPress blogs management, and usually offered in the form of shared hosting, or all three (3) types of hosting.
In subsequent posts, we will address issues such as “Unlimited” or “Unmetered” web hosting, the type of web hosting you should chose for your type of website, Difference between web storage and bandwidth, etc.