What is web hosting and why do you need it?
The basic principle of Web hosting, is simple; it’s a place where your web pages reside that’s accessible over the internet.
Do you need it, in short, yes, if you’d like your website to be accessed globally and reliably?
Small Website or high traffic website, what’s the best option?
Linux and Windows hosting both offer different size and performance options that suit.
The most common is shared hosting. This is where your website and email is hosted among often several hundred other websites on the same physical machine (server).
This is by far the most cost effective, and suits most small websites.
The next stage up is a Virtual Private Server (VPS). This is one very large server that is split in to several smaller “Virtual” Servers. This gives you full access to the “virtual” server computer, so you can install any specific software you need, and gives all the benefits of having your very own server.
Performance is often far superior to that of Shared Hosting, and cost is more than Shared Hosting, however significantly less than a Dedicated Server.
A Dedicated Server. Here you have your very own server. This often costs significantly more as you have to pay for all the hardware and software licensing costs as well as support costs. It is however the best option for a high traffic website that demands optimum performance.