web hosting services types

Various types of web hosting services are available for you to use to host your website. There are a number of considerations to take into account before signing up for a web hosting service. What kind of service does your website need? What sort of server will best suit yourself or your business’s needs? What is your budget? And what type of services does the web host offer?

Below are some different types of hosting:

  • Free Hosting
  • Shared Hosting
  • VPS Hosting
  • Dedicated Hosting
  • Reseller Hosting
  • Cloud Hosting
  • Collocated Hosting

Types of Hosting Services

Free Hosting

This can be a good choice if the website you are creating is just for fun. More often than not free web hosting means slower connection speeds, more frequent website outages (website being down/unavailable), advertising banners automatically added to your website (the banner ads are how the free hosting company makes its money). Some free hosting companies require you to purchase you own domain name to use their services, others will provide you with a free subdomain. A subdomain is domain which falls under the main domain name of the webhost, it will have the format of yourname.com. It is not possible to transfer a free subdomain so careful consideration needs to be taken when choosing to use one.

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Shared Hosting

With shared hosting your website shares the web hosting server with other website owners. This includes sharing both the physical server and the software applications which run on the server. Shared hosting services are affordable as the costs to operate the server are split between many website owners. Shared web hosting is the most common type of web hosting and one of the easiest to use when first starting out. The advantages and disadvantages of using a shared hosting service are as follows:


  • It’s Cheaper.
  • It’s easier to use.


  • Server resources are shared with other websites.
  • It can be less flexible.

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VPS Hosting

This is recommended for advanced users or those who need to install specific software not available through shared hosting. Like shared hosting your website is on a VPS hosting server with other websites, however, unlike shared hosting, there are less websites per VPS server and even though the physical server hardware is shared, virtualization technology is used to partition the VPS hosting server.

Having these partitions allows each website owner to have their own dedicated resources and it allows for individual configuration similar to having a fully dedicated server.

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Dedicated Hosting

As the name implies with this you have your own dedicated server and all it’s resources, the server is dedicated to you and not shared with anyone else. Having the server entirely to yourself allows for faster performance as it’s not sharing resources among multiple website owners. However, because the server is dedicated to you this means the costs are all yours as well and can’t be split as with shared hosting. Dedicated hosting is a good choice for sites needing a high level of security or those that use a lot of system resources.

Dedicated hosting has the following advantages and disadvantages.


  • Flexible and customizable.
  • Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance.
  • Full access to your server(s).


  • Prior technical knowledge needed.
  • More expensive.

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Reseller Hosting

Reseller type of hosting is aimed at webmasters and other users who wish to resell their own web hosting services. Reseller hosting It can also be a good option for users who have multiple websites, as it allows the easy management of many websites from one control panel.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is a halfway point between shared hosting and dedicated hosting and comes with some pretty cool advantages. Cloud servers share the physical server hardware with other cloud servers, but the use of vituatlization technology allows for the partition of that hardware. This partitioning enables each cloud server to have it’s own dedicated resources and also for each cloud hosting to be configured individually in essentially the same way that a dedicated server can be.

Collocated Hosting

With collocated hosting the server is not just dedicated to you but it is actually owned by you and just housed at a web host’s facilities. You are entirely responsible for the server. An advantage to collocated hosting this way is that you have full control of the server meaning you can install any scripts or applications that you need.