5 Jan' 22 | By christian
What are the different types of web hosting and can hosting really be sustainable?
When you visit a website, it accesses the website’s files and resources that are stored online, making it available 24/7. There are several different types of hosting available, and determining which is best for you will depend on what your website intent is, how large it is and how much traffic it receives.
The types of hosting are:
Shared hosting is good for smaller, low-traffic, starter websites and is usually quick and simple to get set up. This option is when you share a web server with multiple other websites. You all share the same resources, RAM and CPU, which means the cost is shared,
making shared hosting one of the more affordable options. The downside to this is that you are sharing the space, sometimes with 100s of other websites, which means if a website gets attacked or has a surge in usage, it can affect and possibly endanger your site.
VPS hosting is good for medium-sized sites with a bit more traffic. A VPS hosting solution is a step up from shared hosting. It mimics a dedicated server environment within a shared server. You share the physical server but have your resources. Even though you share the server, because you have your own allocated section, other sites won’t affect yours if they get a surge in traffic. Although it is more expensive and requires more technical knowledge to manage than a shared hosting solution, it is still economical compared to a dedicated server.
Dedicated hosting is when you have the entire physical server and all its resources just for yourself. These are used for large, high-traffic websites that require a fast, flexible and customisable solution and give full control over everything from security to operating system. Although all this power does come at a cost, dedicated hosting is one of the most expensive options.
One of the more popular hosting solutions is cloud hosting with many people using AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Google Cloud hosting. This is where a network of multiple virtual and physical servers hosting your website. Cloud hosting is scalable too, meaning if your site grows over time and traffic increases, more and more resources can become available to you. Cloud hosting is more reliable too, with it being a network of servers, it doesn’t matter if one goes down or breaks.
The majority of hosting can also come as managed. This means if you don’t have the technical know-how or just the time and resources to look after a server yourself, you can purchase managed hosting. This is where the company you purchase the hosting from manages it themselves, looking after software and hardware maintenance, security, monitors activity, and takes care of backups. This can leave you with peace of mind knowing your website is in safe hands, however, it will come at an extra cost.
When it comes to choosing to hosting, there are a few things you need to think about:
WordPress is the CMS of choice for over a third of all websites. Some companies offer hosting specifically tailored for a particular CMS to help it perform at maximum capability and offer additional functionality and features.
Hear at Syntiro Support, our preferred hosting provider is WP Engine, where we are an agency partner. WP Engine is the leading WordPress digital experience platform. They integrate with best-in-class technology partners, including Google Cloud, AWS, and New Relic, and optimise their technology for WordPress. With Managed WordPress packages, they automate WordPress updates, manage upgrades, provide daily backups and continuous website monitoring with 24/7/365 support. Hosting also comes with a free CDN so your sites load lightning fast.
WP Engine servers run through Google and Amazon, so essentially the way they source their energy is also the same as WP Engine. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is focused on efficiency and continuous innovation across their global infrastructure, as they continue on their path to powering operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025.
Google has been Carbon neutral since 2007 and plans to be Carbon free by 2030, doing everything with the Earth in mind. Building on their leadership position as the world’s largest annual corporate purchaser of renewable energy, they continue to innovate ways to make their operations more sustainable, inspiring others to follow.
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