Welcome to Globat Reviews. We are a group of people that include web nerds, business owners, students, and interns. With different backgrounds, come different needs…. however, we all possess one similar need, and that is to make our websites viewable to all those we want to see it. In order to do so, we must have a host, or dedicated server to do the job. On this site we will review the numerous hosting providers out there. Should yo have questions, comments, insights, or feedback, please contact us.
Let’s start with the basics.
You must have a domain name to have a website. Your website then has a collection on files and software. In order for these files to be shared, a web host us needed. A web host offers fast, reliable, and powerful servers to effectively host your website and get all the information you need to those seeking it. You can also read Web Hosting 101 for more information.
There are different types of hosting. Let’s discuss what these are.
- Shared Hosting– Shared hosting is the most widely used form of hosting, as well as the cheapest. Like the name suggest, you are sharing hosting with several other people or customers. Shared hosting is a cost effective solution for hosting your site. There are a few downsides to the shared plan, such as load speed, and security risks.Being it is being shared, there are more sites in the pot and potential for security issues and page view speed. This is not always, but just a few of the cons about shared hosting. (+) inexpensive and easy to set up. (-) less powerful, security risks
- Dedicated Hosting– Again, as the name suggests, dedicated hosting offers a dedicated server to only you. This allows more complete access directly to you for any changes needed to be made to be configured or made to the operating system. Dedicated hosting is obviously a bit safer as far as security risks, but it is also a lot more expensive. Shared hosting has hundreds of people sharing the same server, while dedicated hosting is one person, making it a bit pricier. (+) dedicated/personal server, faster performance, great for specific needs (-) expensive, more complicated
- Managed Hosting- Hosting that offers the speed and power of a dedicated server, but without the hassle of handling the technicalities. With managed hosting, the hosting company provides the help in installations, updates and more, while offering you a dedicated or Virtual Server. (+) less expensive than a dedicated server (-) technical support provided
- VPS (Virtual Private Server)– A hybrid model of shared and dedicated hosting on a dedicated virtual server, versus an actual physical one. A VPS has some of the pros and cons of both shared and dedicated as well. (+) a little faster than shared hosting, great for specific needs (-) more expensive than shared hosting.
- VPS Hosting (Cloud Based)– The newest form of hosting, Cloud Based hosting offers more than one physical server, but many virtual ones that all pull from a series of many physical servers. Cloud based is a network of many servers. It offers some nice advantages such as just paying for the space yo use. (+) great reliability from multiple servers, you pay for what you use (-) It can still be technically difficult.
Deciding what type of hosting is right for you depends on the type of business you are doing or what you r website is about. The most commonly used type of hosting services are shared or managed. If your tech savvy, or inclined to be, keep that in mind when choosing your hosting type.