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Small business web hosting – what options are there?

small business web hosting

Small business owners often fret about launching their own website – or upgrading your existing one –  so it’s important to do plenty of research into which small business web hosting service is best for you.

The plethora of web hosting options available certainly adds to the worry – with so many possibilities how can you pick the right one?

There are dozens of services to choose from, many of which provide different tiers of services. Shared hosting may be an option, but limits your ability to grow. Should you specialize with WordPress hosting? What’s the difference between all of the available services?

So many questions, so little time when you want to focus on your business.

Debates on small business web hosting continue and will continue to rage, but here we will break down the different options available.

Shared hosting

Shared hosting represents the cheapest and most basic form of hosting. You pay to gain shared use of one single server which is operated by a hosting company. If you don’t have (or plan to have) a significant amount of traffic it can be a viable option, but if you have big plans for your business it makes sense to plan ahead and go with a more reliable option.

Cloud hosting

More and more businesses are moving to this option as it presents the most reliable and scalable option for small business web hosting. Cloud hosting allows your site to be hosted across a wide network of servers. This leads many to believe cloud hosting and VPS hosting are the same, but cloud services allow for greater scalability and provide greater efficiency. Find out more on the difference between cloud and VPS hosting here.

VPS hosting

VPS hosting allows for a fixed level of performance, with a guaranteed resource base dedicated to your server. This does guarantee your server will run at certain levels, but this type of hosting is still at the behest of the core server, and if it fails so will your VPS.

Dedicated hosting

When you buy a dedicated hosting package, you are purchasing a dedicated server for your business that you do not share. This is especially important for sites with heavy traffic or those that expect heavy traffic in the near future. For small business web hosting purposes, this may not be the most cost-effective option.

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