Web hostingThere are three main types of web hosting options available today. Here we look at what they are, and examine their relative pros and cons.

1. Shared hosting

To help keep running costs low (creating savings which are then passed on to the customer), webhosts will often host multiple websites from the same server. This does not affect your site in any way, but it may slightly limit some of the more advanced webserver uses.


  • Low-cost


  • Occasional speed issues caused by other websites on the same server ‘misbehaving’
  • Possible limits applied to what you can do with your website

2. Dedicated server hosting

For resource-intensive projects, dedicated servers host a single website. These hosting packages are much more expensive than shared alternatives, but they are also much more flexible for advanced projects.


  • Very flexible for high-demand projects
  • Total security for website data


  • Expensive
  • Overkill for most SME websites

3. Virtual private server (VPS)

Something of a hybrid between shared and dedicated services, virtual private servers use Cloud technologies to create the appearance of a dedicated server, even though it shares many of the low level resources with other websites. VPS solutions are a good intermediate option for websites that need plenty of resources, but without the cost of a dedicated server.


  • Supports high demand website applications
  • Cheaper than a dedicated server


  • May be overkill for small business websites
  • Slightly more expensive than shared hosting

We hope this article has helped you consider your web hosting options, and decide which one is right for your business.

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