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Choosing the right hosting solution

Choosing the right hosting solution

With many different hosting solutions available, it can be a daunting task to choose the one that best suites your use case and requirements. In this article, we explain how each type of hosting plan works and the types of website and use cases s best suited for each.

Shared Hosting

This is the cheapest hosting plan available and is best suited for personal and non-commercial websites. Shared hosting is where your hosting package is hosted on a high-performance server which is shared with other customers. Because there are many customer websites being hosted on one server, it means the cost of hosting is distributed and shared across multiple customers – meaning shared hosting is the cheapest and most cost-effective way for getting your website online.

It really is a case of “you get what you pay for” which, in this case, means you shouldn’t expect shared hosting to be the type of hosting plan you would want to host uptime-critical websites and eCommerce stores on. As a shared hosting server hosts hundreds of websites at any one time, it creates an environment where it is possible that a website can abuse its resources or suffer some kind of attack which affects other websites on the same server. Furthermore, shared servers can be a higher target for criminals that want to launch denial of service attacks, because it will affect hundreds if not thousands of websites at once if they cause the entire server to go offline. Bear in mind these are just scenarios that can happen and are uncommon.

What is shared hosting good for?

  • Personal websites, blogs and forums

  • Small charity websites

  • Small business websites where you do not trade online

What is shared hosting not good for?

  • Most business websites

  • Medium to large charity websites

  • Heavy-traffic personal websites, blogs and forums

Benefits of shared hosting

  • Perfect for personal websites and blogs

  • Affordable, secure and reliable web hosting

  • No server configuration or maintenance to worry about

 

Reseller Hosting

Reseller hosting is the same as shared hosting but allows you to create separate shared hosting accounts yourself, meaning you can resell shared hosting to your customers. This is very popular with web designers and professionals which offer design and development services and host client websites themselves. Reseller hosting is also a great option for small web hosting providers who wish to, or already, resell shared hosting to their customers.

All reseller hosting plans at Webhosting UK come with free end user technical support. You can have your customers contact us through an anonymous e-mail address on your website (such as through an online form) and our support technicians will receive the request in the exact same way as if you submitted a support ticket.

Bear in mind, just like shared hosting, you should not consider a reseller if you are planning to host websites which require a more stable and redundant environment for uptime-critical business websites and eCommerce stores. If you are a web designer or developer and host important customer websites, it’d be better to consider a more robust hosting solution like cloud hosting or a dedicated server, which are detailed below.

What is reseller hosting good for?

  • Hosting small to medium websites, blogs and forums
  • Hosting all of your websites in separate, isolated shared hosting accounts
  • Great for web designers and developers
  • Re-sell shared web hosting and earn revenue

What is reseller hosting not good for?

  • Hosting business websites and eCommerce stores with uptime-critical requirements
  • Hosting hundreds of websites at once, or websites which experience high traffic

Benefits of reseller hosting

  • Create separate, isolated shared hosting accounts
  • Re-sell shared web hosting to your customers
  • No server maintenance or configuration to worry about
  • Great for web designers

 

VPS Hosting

Many people need more performance and stability than what can be offered in a shared hosting environment, but do not need to go all the way to a dedicated server. In these situations, a virtual private server (VPS) is the ideal next step. Virtual servers provides you with a fully isolated and secure server environment which is virtualised on a high-performance dedicated server which is shared with other virtual servers on the server.

At Webhosting UK, we always have at least 30% of hardware resources reserved and unallocated to ensure smooth operation of the hardware nodes and to provide flexibility to customers that need an upgrade on resources. Our VPS nodes also benefit from RAID 10 for data security and redundancy.

VPS hosting is good for medium- to high-traffic personal and business websites, blogs and forums. However, for uptime-critical business websites or for usage cases where resource scalability is needed, we would recommend cloud hosting.

What is VPS hosting good for?

  • Business websites and eCommerce stores
  • Those who need more performance or customisability than can be offered on shared hosting
  • Affordable upgrade path from shared hosting
  • Small to medium web hosting providers

What is VPS hosting not good for?

  • Business websites that need more robust hardware assurance on uptime and redundancy
  • Large web hosting providers
  • Resource scalability

Benefits of VPS hosting

  • Great performance for the price
  • Full root / SSH access as standard
  • 24 x 7 fully managed support
  • Fully isolated and secure environment

 

Cloud Hosting

Cloud servers are much like virtual private servers – they are virtualised containers which have a secure share of a server’s resources. However, unlike VPS hosting, a cloud server is much safer against downtime and hardware failure as we’ll explain below. While cloud hosting is a little more expensive than a virtual private server – if redundancy and scalability is important to you – cloud hosting is a good option to consider, especially for eCommerce stores and business websites.

At Webhosting UK, we always have at least 30% of the hardware resources on each cloud node unused and unallocated which provides that added protection in the unlikely case cloud hardware fails, and to meet customer upgrade demands. The biggest advantage with cloud hosting is if the server your virtual server is hosted on fails for any reason, the system automatically moves your virtual server onto another healthy node automatically – it does this transparently in the background without you even noticing it.

It’s worth mentioning server storage is hosted on separate storage devices – this also makes migrations from one node to another quick and easy.

What is cloud hosting good for?

  • Business websites and eCommerce stores
  • High-traffic websites, blogs and forums
  • Medium to large web hosting providers
  • CPU and RAM scalability

Benefits of cloud hosting

  • Redundant, secure and scalable
  • Full root / SSH access as standard
  • 24 x 7 fully managed support
  • Completely isolated environment
  • 100% uptime service level agreement

 

Dedicated Servers

Dedicated servers offer superior performance to virtual servers and are a good choice when performance is important. A dedicated server is a physical server which is leased to you, allowing you to take full advantage of the performance offered with full root access. You have full control over the operating system, hardware, software and server-side applications.

With a physical server, there are no hardware resources being shared with anyone else. Because you are not sharing resources with other customers, it reduces the chances of problems occurring resulting from other customers.

Key benefits to a dedicated server

  • Superior performance – up to Dual Octa Core Intel Xeon processors for the most demanding applications and use cases
  • Network speed – each dedicated server is set up with a 100Mbit port as standard, connected to Gigabit switches
  • Fully managed – we provide a 4 x 7 fully managed service with all of our dedicated servers as standard
  • Root access – all of our dedicated servers come with full root / SSH access providing you with the flexibility and freedom to install all the server software and applications you need
  • No contracts – we do not force you into long-term contracts; simply give us 30 days notice to cancel server

What is a dedicated server good for?

  • Demanding applications and websites
  • High-traffic websites, blogs and forums
  • eCommerce stores
  • Gaming and casino websites
  • Medium to large web hosting providers

 

Have questions?

If you have any questions or need expert assistance on choosing the right hosting plan for your needs, have a chat with our experienced sales advisers on 0800 862 0890.

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