Web Hosting Types
When starting a website it's important to get the right kind of hosting for your particular site. If you choose the wrong kind, you could lose traffic due to downtime, server overload etc.
Let's look at the different types:
Free Web Hosting
Free web hosting is great for the obvious reason that it's free. If you are just starting out, free hosting can be a great no risk option. Free hosts will usually have a pretty small limit on space and bandwidth, so once your site starts becoming bigger or getting more popular you'll definitely need to upgrade.
Shared Web Hosting
Shared hosting plans are the best option for most websites out there. Shared Hosting is usually packed with features and will only cost a few dollars a month. You'll get much better support than on any free plan. If your site has small to medium amount of traffic, shared hosting is for you.
Reseller hosting is great for web designers who want to host client's websites for them. The cheapest reseller hosting accounts will usually cost in the $15-$30 per month price range. They allow you to create separate web hosting accounts and control panels for each customer and divide up your resources between these accounts.
Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting
This is when a hosting company divides up it's server between a small amount of customers. Each customer's account acts as a separate server, and each customer will have root access to his/her own server.
Dedicated hosting is for high traffic corporate/business sites. An entire server is dedicated to one customer, and the customer has full control over that server. You can get either managed or un-managed dedicated hosting. With managed hosting, the hosting company will take of the technical side of things like security and software updates, and thus will cost a lot more.