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How Much Website Hosting Do You Really Need Shared, VPS, vs Dedicated…

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Today we’re going to talk about how much web hosting you need when it comes to a hosting package. 

If you’re building a website, you want to have a website, and you want to have an online presence, you need web hosting. 

What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is a service where you rent computer power to make your website accessible to everyone on the World Wide Web. There are different types of plans that you could go with when it comes to web hosting.

You might’ve noticed that there’s:

  • shared hosting 
  • VPS (virtual private server)
  • dedicated server space 

They all are a little bit different. You have shared hosting – the baby steps. The VPS is a little bit higher, and the dedicated is even more premium. 

Shared Hosting

In this case, your website is on a network where you’re sharing server space with many other individuals.

Think of it as a computer that is holding your website there. And anytime someone wants to access that website, that computer sends out the signal, the data, and information to someone else to pop it up. And if you are sharing that space, one computer might have 2000 or 4000 websites.

VPS Hosting

Here you’re sharing the space, but it might be with maybe just seven different individuals. And each one of those individuals may have five or so websites, so at least you have a little bit more control when it comes to your web hosting. 

There’s not just a ton of people on one network or one computer. This is good because if you had your website with 2000 other individuals and if one individual compromises the server, your website could also be compromised.

That’s because there are vulnerabilities that are in play there. So this is where going to a VPS is much more comforting. Not only does your website has a little bit more power behind it because it has more resources to use for the computer. Everybody that comes in hit your website takes a little bit of usage from that computer power.

And if you got 2000 website hits and may not use a lot of power. But let’s say you have 50 million website visitors coming to your website. In that case, you need a more powerful computer.

You need to link computers together to create a really powerful network of computers. That’s what Facebook and Google do. It’s not just on one computer where the running whole Google operation. It’s server farms running the Google empire.

That’s because all these people are just coming and hitting Google, and it just takes up a lot of server space and resources.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is your controlled hosting, where you can control the server and everything that’s on it.

Anything that goes wrong with the server beyond the hardware part is up to you now. They have managed and unmanaged where other companies can manage those things for you.

But when you’re looking at just who’s on that account. It’s only you and your website. You can put one website on there if you have a powerful website a lot hits a lot of traffic. If that is the case, you might need one website on one dedicated hosting plan.

However, if you have a couple of baby sites, one or two intermediate sites, and maybe one premium or good website that’s getting a lot of traffic, you might be able to deal with a dedicated server.

It will still work just fine. That’s because dedicated hosting really should be able to handle the power of quite a lot of traffic and a lot of space and resources. 

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Here we have a few hosting partners and things you could check out that are very useful, beneficial, and they been around for quite a while now. 

For example, BlueHost has options:

  • shared hosting
  • VPS 
  • dedicated hosting

Let’s go to shared hosting right here. You can see here is your basic plan is $3.95, and you can only put one website on there.

They are limited on there, and you might be able to put two simple websites on there because of their infrastructure. They just want one website on there.

If you go with plus, which gives you unlimited websites, but ultimately it’s not unlimited. And it’s $4.95 monthly. There’s always server space that’s going to cloud some things. There is unlimited SSD storage. But I mean you probably can’t put on 10 million pictures there.

The thing is as you continue to go up in these plans, you can continue to evolve because you’re going to outgrow the space on there. Even though it might say unlimited, eventually, things start to operate a little bit more slowly.

There’s no such thing as unlimited when it comes to hosting. There’s always a limit. They are going to upgrade your plan, and that usually means that you’re getting more hits, more traffic.

VPS Hosting

This is what you get:

  • 2 cores
  • 30 GB SSD storage
  • 2 GB of RAM 

Why would I pay $20 for 30 GB of SSD storage when I can get unlimited for $4.95? You see my point.

This gives you more power:

  • 1 TB Bandwidth
  • 1 IP Address

You could see what happens. The more hits, traffic, and the more space you need, it gets more expensive and more pricey. And blue host I find usually caters towards people just getting started.

There are some more premium companies out there. 

You could see they do also have dedicated items. But remember if everybody’s moving over to BlueHost or you see a lot of recommendations, for one thing, it might not be the best place for your hosting.

Think of it like everybody’s going to eat at the same restaurant at the same time. You might be waiting in line for 2 to 3 hours.

If everybody’s going to the same company for hosting, your servers will be clogged. And human resources on managing all servers are also a problem. That’s because there’s just not enough time that day if a part fails to change those things out.

That’s what I want you to think about as you choose hosting. Just go with the general company that seems to be reliable.

Pro Tip: If you have two or three websites, you might go ahead with two or three different hosts to split up the risk. If one website goes down, at least the other is operating. 

And that’s one of the things that I typically do. I have multiple hosts with multiple companies. Sometimes you’ll have starter plans. 

Host Gator Web Hosting

You can see, here’s HostGator. 

Here’s what you can choose from:

  • 1 site, 100k visitors per month
  • 2 sites, 200k visitors per month
  • 3 sites, 500k visitors per month

You could also do VPS here, and there’s also dedicated. This one is a little bit more premium as you can see, you got 8 Core, whereas BlueHost didn’t even have that.

Liquid Web 

Sometimes if you want some power, some of these other companies can go beyond just the basic limits. You’ll see that as you start comparing more and more plans. 

There are just so many things out there. Let’s say if you’re an agency right here, meaning you’re holding a lot of websites. There are just so many different things that you could do.

Here’re some options:

  • Managed WordPress
  • Management WooCommerce 
  • Cloud Sites
  • VPS Hosting
  • Dedicated Hosting

Final Word

There’s a ton of different things out there when it comes to hosting. But if you’re brand-new and if you’re just getting started getting just an essential solution for $5-$7 a month is the right solution.

It should get you started, and as you continue to get more website hits, traffic and continue to evolve your website, you’ll probably have to upgrade plans to something more advanced. 

It could be more VPS and then later to a dedicated, just depending on how powerful and big your website gets.

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