In our earlier post, we explained about servers and types of them based on their usages. In this post, we are going to talk about different types of servers based on the services that a web hosting provider offers.
According to web hosting providers, Servers can mainly be categorized into three different types:
- Shared hosting
- Virtual Private Server (VPS)
- Dedicated Server
There are also other types of servers such as Cloud hosting which is kind of a new technology but we’ll get to that in our future posts. Now let’s see what are each of these three main categories.
Generally, a host is a space on a computer on which a webmaster can manage and host his website and its data so that it is accessible through the Internet. The second step of having a website (which comes after having a domain) is having a host. The type of this host can be a shared host.
Shared hosting is the best and the most efficient solution for anyone that is starting a website and doesn’t have a lot of views. The reason is that this solution is very affordable and you get enough resources to handle your visits. However, When the number of your website’s visits gets higher than a specific number and starts causing problems, you must switch to other solutions like VPS or dedicated services. Here is why:
As it is obvious from its name, a shared host doesn’t have dedicated resources. This means that there might be dozens of websites (hosts) on one server. Each of these servers can use all of the resources as much as they want. However, if one of the hosts gets lots of views, it is going to use lots of resources so it will have some effects on the speed of your website. The reason is that when a website’s visit goes higher, it needs to use more resources and using more resources in a shared hosting solution means fewer resources for other hosts. In this kind of situation, the provider will take some actions like warning the owner of the host that is using all the resources or suggest they switch from this solution to VPS or dedicated.
You might also wonder how does each of these hosts’ owners control and manage their websites? and can everybody access each other’s website files? the answer is that the provider gives you a control panel with limited access so that you can only access your website files and no one else’s.
In future posts, we are going to explain the other solutions which are VPS and Dedicated server.
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