For small business owners who aren’t that tech savvy finding the right web hosting can be overwhelming.  You’re web designer tells you need to find hosting, but you don’t understand the difference between cloud, VPS and dedicated hosting services.  Once you familiarize yourself with the packages and services you can get the right hosting for as little as $5 per month.

What is web hosting?

All the content, images and emails of your business website need to be stored somewhere and they are stored on a computer called a server.  This server is specially designed with the right software to host your website.  Every time someone types in your website address this server will serve up your files and compile them so that visitors will see your website.

There are essentially for types of web hosting and they cater to different types of sites.  The amount of traffic your site see will determine which type of hosting that you need.  Here are the four different types of hosting and which types of sites they are best suited for.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting works well for small businesses that get very little traffic, they are there for informational purposes.  The can be bought for less than $10 per month and they are cost effective for new and small businesses.  The big drawback is you have very little control over the server or any of the settings.  If you want  a complex website or expect a lot of traffic then this isn’t for you.

Virtual Private Servers (VPS)

This will offer you more control and is cost affordable only slightly more expensive than shared hosting.  VPS works very well for those that are a little more technically savvy and want to be able to make changes to the server configuration.  Here is how easy it is to set up a VPS.

Dedicated Servers

Dedicated servers along with co-location services give you complete control of every aspect of the server.  This control may be great but it is going to cost you.  First you are going to need a dedicated IT department that can maintain your server.  Dedicated servers don’t come cheap either you can expect to pay more than $100 per month.  Generally these are for eCommerce businesses and servers that get very heavy  traffic.

Cloud Hosting

The options available for cloud hosting along with the cost can vary hugely and much will depend on the storage capacity and speed that you need.  However these can work very well for start-ups whose traffic fluctuates a great deal.  Many business owners like the idea of only paying for traffic and storage that you need.

The type of hosting you ultimately end up choosing will depend greatly on the type of business you run and what kind of traffic your website will be getting.