Web hosting is one of the most important components of the internet. In fact, without it, there would be no internet! Through the power of web hosting, millions of servers throughout the world are hosting data and bouncing it off millions of other servers, computers, IP addresses and everything in between to deliver what you access and see on the internet when you visit a website. The backend complexities of web hosting and how it all works is quite crazy. However, the good news is that most bloggers and site owners will likely never have to deal with, as it’s all handled on the backend by the hosting companies themselves.
What is important for site owners to know, is what type of web hosting is best for them and what they should look for when joining a new web host. This includes not only the pricing structure but also the different type of hosting plans out there, and the type of CMS they might be using to run their site. Just like how not all websites and blogs are the same, nor are the hosting plans they may be set up with. A simple hobby blog would be fine on a shared server, while a full-business e-commerce site should be on its own dedicated server to make sure it’s running smoothly and at full performance at all times.
To help with this process, I wanted to break down the many different components of web hosting — specifically shared hosting, virtual private servers, cloud hosting, and dedicated servers. You will find a brief review of each server solutions below.
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