How to Figure Out the Service Level of Web Hosting You Need

Depending on your line of business, you’ll need a varying degree of power behind your company’s website.

You could simply host your site on a blog, if it’s a simple call-to-action, information capture, or employs publication-based content strategy. However, many websites are more complex, and require hosting situations that are a little more involved than the standard Blogger or WordPress account can offer.

Luckily, there are a few different alternatives available, and we’ll talk about how you can determine what level of service you need and what your best option is to fulfill it.

Shared hosting is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: you share the server with other websites, and as such you also share the cost.

This means you save money, but it also means that you’re at the mercy of your virtual neighbors.

If one of your “sister” sites, as it were, experienced a surge in traffic or anything like a DDoS attack, then your site might very well wind up getting brought down with it.

However, if you’re looking to save money and don’t have very bandwidth-intensive needs, this is a good option.

Another good way to go is with reseller hosting. This is essentially the same as a shared account, except you’re allowed to resell your server space if you’d like.

You’re given extra tools to manage and bill clients, and other levels of technical control to make sure you’re keeping track of all the most important data.

This is a great way to both host your website, run your business, and maybe even make a little bit of extra money on the side.

Cloud hosting is definitely the newest and most attractive form of hosting things like data and websites.

You don’t have local access to the servers, and it can be a little more expensive, but cloud hosting is one of the most capable new technologies available today.

Some of the largest servers even go down — Amazon’s servers host a number of highly popular websites and can be susceptible to things like power outages, as any cloud service would be.

The very concept of cloud storage makes some informational purists uncomfortable, but many are quickly adapting to the advantages of being able to access your data from anywhere, via the cloud.

When you really need to go heavy-duty, you can opt for the dedicated server. This means you rent or buy your very own physical server, which means you’ll have unfettered access to all the serious computing you’ll need to run as complex a website as you can possibly muster.

The options available to online business owners are all but vast — from WordPress Hosting to a dedicated server, there are a multitude of ways to make sure your site is online and accessible to whomever you want seeing it.

Whichever way you wind up choosing, you only need to assess the size and technical scope of your site. This will give you a great idea of which option will keep your site functioning and online.

Evan Fischer
Evan Fischer is a freelance writer and part-time student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. He enjoys writing about the latest tech news for a variety of companies and discovering new and innovative gadgets.
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