So many options of different hosting types!
Which one do you choose?
Different Hosting Types
The web offers so many different hosting types and for a first time shopper, it can be quite confusing. MyPCHost has put together a quick and easy way for you to see what hosting meets your needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for help.
Answering these questions leads us to these:
Generally, there are four different hosting types: Shared, Virtual Private Server (VPS/VM), Dedicated, and Cloud Hosting. While all types of hosting servers will act as a storage center for your website, they differ in the amount of storage capacity, control, technical knowledge requirement, server speed, and reliability. You can find a quick guide to the different hosting types below.
In shared hosting, one’s web site is placed on the same server as many other sites, ranging from a few to hundreds or more. Typically, all domains may share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU and even an IP. As cost is extremely low, most websites with moderate traffic levels running standard software are hosted on this type of server. Shared hosting is also widely accepted as the entry level option as it requires minimum technical knowledge because the hosting provider care for all technical aspects of the server and its software and security. At most hosting providers, site performance can be affected by other sites on the same server but at MyPCHost, we deploy a hosting environment that eliminates this nearly entirely by assuring that each hosting account has its own resources and one site, like other providers servers, will not be able to cripple the entire server or effect other clients on the shared server. If one website is using too many server resources, they are “throttled” until their usage or abuse of server resources has leveled out to the set limits. This only effects about 1% or less of hosting accounts.
Shared hosting is the most cost effective but also the most limited when it comes to a hosting plan. You can order one of our shared hosting plans here.
VPS / VM Hosting
A VPS, known as a virtual private server, divides a server into virtual servers, where each website is similar to being hosted on its own dedicated server but they’re actually sharing a server with a few different other users. The VPS users have root access to their own virtual space and better secured hosting environment with this type of hosting. Websites that need greater control at the server level, but don’t want to invest in a dedicated server would be best suited for this type of hosting. A VPS has shared resources as well. All VPS’s share the host servers resources and “borrow” those resources when needed. When the need decreases, the resources are then put back into a “pool” where they are made available for any other VPS that may need to borrow them. This is generally the next step up from shared hosting as it allows you control of your hosting environment. A bit more technical knowledge is needed at this point in the game as you will be supporting your own server, unless your provider offers managed or semi-managed support.
A VM, known as a virtual machine, allows you to have and be hosted completely independent of the host server itself. This allows for greater control of and management of your server as compared to a VPS in the fact that any resources you have purchased are only YOUR resources and are not “pooled” so that other VM’s can use them. Your operating system can be completely independent of the host server. If the host server is running windows and you want to run linux, you can do so, without any issues. A VPS does not allow this freedom and you may only use the host server’s operating system, limiting your abilities to be free and independent of any choices.
Compared to standard shared hosting, having a VPS or VM is a very good step in the direction of self-managed or managed hosting if you prefer by your hosting provider. MyPCHost offers both services for those that desire and a custom quote will be provided per each request. To send us an inquiry about a VPS or VM, please send an email to us, using the contact form on the company information page.
A dedicated server offers the absolute maximum control over the web server your website is stored on – You essentially rent an entire server from the provider. Your website(s) is the ONLY website(s) on the server giving you the best possible option for controlling your hosting environment. The dedicated server option has a higher price tag attached and you will need much more technical knowledge to run and operate a dedicated server. MyPCHost offers fully-managed dedicated servers as well as “when needed” or semi-managed dedicated servers. To see what we currently have available for servers, please see our dedicated servers page (currently under revision). Please contact us for a quote for a dedicated server.
Cloud Hosting (Presently not offered)
Cloud hosting offers nearly unlimited ability to handle high traffic or traffic spikes. Here’s how it works: Cloud hosting is a team of servers (called a cloud) that work together to host a group of websites. This allows multiple computers to work together to handle high traffic levels or spikes for any particular website. There are some pros and cons to this feature, MyPCHost does not presently offer this type of hosting service. However, in the future, it may be offered.