In this article, we will look more closely into each hosting type.
In shared hosting, your website is placed on the same server as many other sites, ranging from a few to hundreds or thousands. Typically, all websites may share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU. As cost is extremely low, most websites with moderate traffic levels running standard software are hosted on this type of server. Shared hosting is also widely accepted as the entry level hosting option as it requires minimal technical knowledge.
Disadvantages No root access, limited ability to handle high traffic levels or spikes, site performance can be affected by other sites on the same server.
Cloud hosting offers unlimited ability to handle high traffic or traffic spikes. Here’s how it works: A team of servers (called a cloud) work together to host a group of websites. This allows multiple computers to work together to handle high traffic levels or spikes for any particular website.
Disadvantages Many cloud hosting setup do not offer root access (required to change server settings and install some software), higher cost.
Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting
A virtual private server hosting divides a server into virtual servers, where each website is like hosted on their own dedicated server, but they’re actually sharing a server with a few different other users. The users may have root access to their own virtual space and better-secured hosting environment with this type of hosting. Web sites that need greater control at the server level, but don’t want to invest in a dedicated server.
Disadvantages Limited ability to handle high traffic levels or spikes, your site performance can still be somewhat affected by other sites on the server, but not as much as shared hosting.
Dedicated Server Hosting
A dedicated server offers the maximum control over the web server your website is stored on – You exclusively rent an entire server. Your website(s) is the only website stored on the server.
Disadvantages With great power comes… well, greater cost. Dedicated servers are very expensive and it’s only recommended to those who need the maximum control and better server performance.
In summary, each has a purpose, but which do you need? If you are just starting, go with Shared hosting, once you have grown past the capacity of the shared hosting, I recommend you look into a VPS, as by now you have requirements to go past the limitations of Shared and even Cloud hosting.