Website Hosting – Explained
June 02, 2023
As businesses become more reliant on digital technology, it’s becoming increasingly important to ensure that their online presence is hosted on reliable, scalable and secure platforms. Hosting providers have a big role to play in delivering such solutions to businesses of all sizes. However, finding the right hosting provider can be a daunting task, particularly for businesses that lack the expertise or resources to manage their own hosting environments.
But first, let’s take a look at the different types of hosting available.
This is a type of web hosting where multiple websites are hosted on a single server. Each website gets a portion of the server’s resources, such as storage space, bandwidth, and processing power. While this is a popular option for small to medium-sized websites with low traffic, often due to also being the cheapest, sharing resources with other accounts is not always ideal and in certain cases, performance may be affected by the number of hosting accounts that the provider places on each server.
VPS hosting is a type of web hosting where a server is divided into multiple virtual servers, each of which has its own resources, including its own operating system and software. Even though this type of hosting is more expensive than shared hosting, it offers greater flexibility and control by combining features of dedicated and shared web hosting to replicate dedicated hosting, at a lower cost. That being said, while VPS hosting is suitable for websites with larger traffic, it cannot handle high levels of traffic since resources are still shared.
With dedicated hosting, a website is hosted on a single server that is entirely dedicated to that website. This means that the website has full access and control of all of the server’s resources, including storage space, bandwidth, and processing power. While dedicated hosting is an ideal solution for large enterprise businesses that need a dedicated hardware environment which caters for high traffic, this is also typically the most expensive option, which most WordPress websites would not need.
Managed WordPress Hosting
WordPress hosting is a type of hosting that is specifically designed for websites that use the WordPress content management system. WordPress hosting is typically optimized for speed and security, and includes features such as automatic updates, backups, staging and built-in performance optimizations. Such technical aspects would generally be managed by the hosting provider, allowing website owners to focus on content creation and business strategy.
Our Approach to Specialised Hosting
At 9H Digital, we have forged strategic partnerships with some of the leading hosting companies in the industry, namely IONOS, Cloudways and Kinsta. These partnerships allow us to offer specialized hosting services to our clients, providing them with a range of options to choose from based on their specific needs and requirements. These providers use top tier infrastructure on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Azure or their own cloud.
One of the key benefits of this approach is diversification. By partnering with multiple hosting providers, we are able to provide clients with a variety of hosting options to choose from, leveraging the strong points of each provider and recommending the best solutions in line with their requirements. This helps to ensure that clients have access to a range of solutions that are tailored to their needs, making it easier for them to scale their online presence as their business grows.
By having multiple hosting providers handling our clients’ applications, we are able to reduce the risk of downtime or data loss. In the rare case that one of our hosting providers experiences an issue, it would not affect all of the websites for which we provide hosting, giving us more flexibility in ensuring that our clients’ applications are always up and running.
Another key benefit to this approach is extended geographical reach. Our partnerships with varied hosting providers allows us to deploy hosting environments that are closest to the client’s audience, making the applications faster and more accessible. This is particularly important for businesses that have a global customer base, as it helps to ensure that their applications are fast and responsive no matter where their customers are located.
Finally, our diversification strategy to partnerships allows us to offer competitive pricing to our clients since we are able to package services and also have access to more options across providers. This helps to ensure that our clients are getting the best possible value for their investment.
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