The Different Types of Server Packages Available

When you’re running a website, you need a few things: a domain name, a designed website, content on your site, and oh yeah, the part that makes it run…The hosting. Without the hosting, you could have the most amazing domain name and a gorgeous design, it will not appear on the web. Someone has to put your information onto a server so that when a visitor comes to it, the server can display it for that person. However, when you go to a web host, how do you know which package to get? What does resell mean and shared? I hope to explain that.

  • Shared Hosting: This is the typical $9.99 a month hosting that you see. Here, you are one of a thousand people that are all sharing a server. The hope is that you won’t use up nearly as much as they say you have, but will continue to make the $9.99 payment. Shared hosting is a great way for web hosts to make money and a great way to get a site on the web. However, if you’re looking for reliable hosting that won’t crash if you hit the front page of Digg, this isn’t the one to get.
  • Reseller Hosting: This is where you get a chunk of a server and can basically resell it to other people like it was shared hosting. You can make the prices and then sell it off. This is also a great way to inexpensively set up a network. You can give each domain name its own cpanel and it cuts down on setting up addon domains and all that jazz.
  • VPS: A Virtual Private Server is where you get a chunk of a server and it is “yours.” There are other people with chunks of server, but it cuts down the number of people on it so you can use up more CPU. Great for a mid to high level of traffic.
  • Dedicated: The only site on the server is yours. If you’re getting a ton of traffic, this is the way to go. Get a managed one unless you’re a server expert. This way, you can know your site is up and running and can focus on other things.

Which is the one to go for? Shared if you have a tiny site that won’t get a lot of traffic. If you’re going to run an e-commerce site, you’re going to want to get a VPS at minimum because the software that is running will lag on shared hosting. A VPS is a great middle server. It’s not too expensive ($50 sometimes) and it does its job. A dedicated can cost $200, but that’s a server just for you. Go with a VPS if you need that traffic amounts until you absolutely need to upgrade.