Thanks to the Internet, everyone can easily share their thoughts and experiences with the entire world. Starting a blog is always a great idea whatever your goals may be. You will learn how to write better, find new friends and share your experiences which will ultimately make you a happier person.
If you’ve ever looked into how to start a blog, one of the steps will surely mention web hosting. There are a lot of web hosting options out there, but which one is the right one for you? To make your decision easier.
This article will focus on two types of web hosting options that are recommended for beginner bloggers.
Shared Hosting is what you’re likely going to come across at first. It offers the most basic of functionalities and is also the most affordable. What does shared hosting actually entail? As you might guess from its name, the “shared” part means that your website will be hosted on a server with hundreds, sometimes even thousands of other websites, thus all the server resources such as memory, storage, CPU power, bandwidth are shared. It can be compared to renting a storage unit. While all the storage units are located in one complex, they are blocked off from one another. People store whatever they like in the space rented to them. Shared hosting works the same way, a special software partitions the server into as many blocks as needed which are then sold to customers. You upload whatever you need for your website to run via FTP, set everything up and you’re good to go.
However, when something is cheap, it’s cheap for a reason. Shared hosting does have some drawbacks. Since your website is hosted on the same server as hundreds of others, if one website overloads the server by suddenly consuming too many resources, everybody will have to suffer the consequences. Shared server is not great at handling sudden traffic spikes, so if one day you unexpectedly receive thousands of visitors all at once, your website might go down. Additionally, while it’s possible to request more storage, there’s a limit to how much can be allocated to you. Your website’s performance can also be affected if the hosting provider hosts thousands of websites on one single server exceeding its capabilities. However, there are plenty of companies out there which take care of their customers and are striving to make the most of shared hosting.
When it comes to the price, shared hosting certainly has the edge over any other type of hosting. If you find a good host, they will provide you with a variety of software and tools to optimize your website and you will receive satisfactory customer support.
Whether or not shared hosting is for you will depend on what type of a blog you’re going to run and what is your initial budget. If your blog is going to be a travel blog, for example, that has hundreds of photos from your adventures, shared hosting is not for you. As that many images will require a lot of storage and bandwidth; on a shared server your website will perform slowly, which means losing readers. However, if it’s mainly a text blog, you can’t go wrong with shared hosting.
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It has some similarities to shared hosting as it involves hosting multiple websites on one server. But that’s where it ends, unlike shared hosting where you share resources with the rest, with VPS you are assigned your own chunk of memory, storage space, CPU and so forth. This is made possible by utilizing a software called virtualization. The software divides the server into equal fragments called Virtual Private Hosts, which essentially act as mini servers. They are independent from one another; no one can steal your resources and if one website goes down it won’t affect the others at all. VPS allows for a certain degree of scalability, meaning if need be your storage space can be expanded. However, the scalability is still restricted by the physical limitations of a server.
With this type of hosting, you are free to customize your mini-server however you want. Even install a different operating system (this depends on the host you choose, some might not allow it). Shared hosting already comes pre-installed with a bundle of software, so you can only use what you’re given. That is not the case at all with VPS. You are authorized entry to a root control, which means performing a customized installation won’t be an issue.
Dealing with large amount of traffic will be a breeze for a VPS, it is highly stable and secure. If it just so happens that one of the websites hosted on a VPS gets attacked whether by a DDoS attack, hacker or a virus, it won’t compromise your website.
Pricewise, VPS is slightly more expensive than shared hosting, understandably so. If you can stretch your budget just a little bit, I recommend choosing with VPS hosting. You never know how quickly your blog might take off, maybe you’ll see your blog drawing thousands of readers in a matter of months. If you’re going to run a photography, graphic design, travel or any other blog where you’ll be posting a dozen pictures per one day, definitely go with VPS hosting.
Hopefully, with this knowledge you can dive into the blogging world and begin sharing your ideas and experiences with the whole world.