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Knowing your product and business niche is of utmost importance, as the success of your business depends on your product, your marketing abilities, and how well you know your customers. However, when it comes to online businesses there are two more critical things that you should take care of. First, the domain name of your business website and second, your hosting – viz. type and service provider. 

Choosing the perfect domain name is comparatively easy but with the many hosting options available it can be slightly overwhelming and confusing which to choose. Worry not! The aim of this article is to help you understand which hosting you should choose for your online business. So without further ado, let us begin. 

First things first, let us see the various types of hosting options available today:

  1. Shared Hosting
  2. VPS Hosting
  3. Dedicated Hosting
  4. Cloud Hosting
  5. Reseller Hosting
  6. CMS Hosting
    1. WordPress Hosting
    2. Magento Hosting
    3. Joomla Hosting
    4. Drupal Hosting

Phew! Too many aren’t they? And confusing too, especially if you are a first time user. Before we delve deep into all these hosting options. Let us first figure out which hosting is the best for you, for this we will consider ‘website traffic’ as our metric.

If your website traffic falls under the range of: 

Traffic Range Type Go for this
5k – 10k visitors/day New SMB/blog Shared Hosting
>10k and <30k visitors/day A high surge in traffic Cloud Hosting
>10k and <30k visitors/day Steady traffic VPS Hosting
>30k visitors/day Medium-large business Dedicated Hosting
>10k and <30k visitors/day CMS based website eg: WordPress CMS Based Hosting
No set range as this hosting is basically used to share part of your server. WebPro i.e web designer or developer Reseller Hosting

Now, that you’ve figured the hosting you should choose for your website let us see in-depth about these hosting types:

  1. Shared Hosting

    Shared Hosting, is a traditional hosting type where a single physical server is shared amongst multiple websites. Apart from the server space, resources like bandwidth, storage, disk space etc. are also shared.  

    Features: Some of the prominent features of Shared Hosting are, it is easy to manage and offers high performance to websites that get low to moderate traffic.

    Cost: Shared Hosting is the cheapest hosting amongst all the hosting types.

    Ideal for: Shared Hosting is ideal for websites that receive low traffic be them e-commerce website or blogs.  

    The ResellerClub Advantage: Even though Shared Hosting divides its resources amongst multiple websites, it has a lot of advantages. To name a few:

    • it comes with a free cPanel using which you can monitor your domain and its add-ons,
    • it allows free website migration from one web host to another,
    • it comes with varnish cache. Thus, even though the server is divided among several websites,  if you are a low-traffic website your website loading speed isn’t affected. 
  2. VPS Hosting

    VPS or Virtual Private Server Hosting is traditional hosting where a single physical server is partitioned into multiple smaller virtual servers. This partitioning is done with the help of a software called the hypervisor. Post the partition, the individual virtual servers or virtual machines (VMs) act as independent servers each with a dedicated set of resources without being dependent on the other servers or their resources. VPS can be said to be a bridge between Shared and Dedicated Hosting.

    Features: VPS Hosting offers greater flexibility and control of the server as you get full-root access of the server. Apart from this, it offers instant scalability of resources, power-packed performance and is reliable as all servers are isolated from one another.

    Cost: VPS Hosting is costlier than Shared Hosting, however, it is cheaper compared to Dedicated Hosting.

    Ideal for: Growing businesses and blogs with variable traffic ranging from moderate to high. 

    The ResellerClub Advantage:  If you are a Reseller then VPS Hosting is an ideal choice as you can sub-divide your server for multiple clients. 

    • VPS Hosting by ResellerClub is setup instantly & powered by KVM, a powerful virtualization infrastructure
    • Free SSD (Solid State Drives) for powerful read/write performance along with instant scalability. 
    • Apart from this, our VPS Hosting is reliable and loads fast even if you are a high traffic website/blog. 
  3. Dedicated Server Hosting

    Dedicated Server Hosting helps you host and manage your website without sharing server space with any other website. In Dedicated Server Hosting, you get complete administrative control of your hosting server. Moreover, your website is secure and loads faster as no other website is sharing the server space. 

    Features: Dedicated Hosting offers complete control of your physical server with full root access including all the resources like CPU, RAM, OS, etc. thus you are free to customise your hosting environment.

    Cost: Dedicated Hosting is the costliest of all the hosting types available.

    Ideal for: Dedicated Hosting is ideal for large businesses who deal with huge data and receive a great amount of traffic on a daily basis. 

    ResellerClub Advantage: Dedicated Server Hosting by ResellerClub is built on state-of-the-art architecture and offers you the following advantages:

    • Instant provisioning of the server using OpenStack, an IaaS platform
    • Easy management of multiple clients using hosting management panels like WHM and cPanel
    • Efficient server performance using Supermicro blade chassis  
    • Full-root access and 99.9% uptime guarantee 
  4. Cloud Hosting

    Cloud Hosting is an interconnection of several servers across instances and/or devices. Virtualisation plays a key role in Cloud Hosting, especially in terms of the division of resources for each server. Here, the servers are isolated from each other and the resources easily scalable. 

    Features: Quick and easy scalability of resources, no single point of failure, high security, blazing fast website loading speed and 99.9% Uptime guarantee. 

    Cost: Even though Cloud Hosting falls under the expensive bracket when compared to Shared Hosting, given its innumerable features it is, in fact, cost-effective. 

    Ideal for: Cloud Hosting is ideal for growing online businesses, websites with dynamic content, and moderate to low traffic websites.

    The ResellerClub Advantage: Cloud Hosting with ResellerClub comes with 

    • free Hosting Management cPanel to help you manage your website better
    • data mirroring to keep your data safe in case of sudden server failure
    • instant setup & installation, and much more.
  5. CMS Hosting

    CMS (Content Management System Hosting) is a generic way of representing a hosting type in accordance with the CMS you are using for your website. One of the most widely used CMS is, WordPress and hence WordPress Hosting is the ideal choice for it over other hosting types. At ResellerClub, we offer 4 different types of CMS Hosting services viz. WordPress Hosting, Magento Hosting, Drupal Hosting and Joomla Hosting.

    Features: Offers a stable hosting infrastructure, customised support and caters to the needs based on the CMS type chosen. Apart from this, it comes with a hosting management panel like cPanel, email hosting etc. 

    Ideal for: Any CMS based website for small-medium sized business. 

    The ResellerClub Advantage: Any CMS Hosting viz. WordPress Hosting, Joomla Hosting, Magento Hosting and Drupal Hosting with Resellerclub comes with 

    • 1-click software install
    • lightning fast website loading speed 
    • integrated caching and CDN
    • intuitive dashboard, automatic updates, and much more.
  6. Reseller Hosting

    Reseller Hosting is the ideal type of hosting for WebPros who are in the reseller business or plan to start their own hosting business. It helps you cater and manage your clients easily viz. It allows you to create customised plans and packages which you can later sell to your customer keeping a margin with the aim of earning a profit. 

    Features: It offers high disk space and bandwidth along with Billing and Hosting management dashboard to seamlessly manage the multiple clients. Along with this, it even offers you WHMCS panel and over 800+ products that include domains, hosting, SSL, email, themes, etc. services to cater to your clients. 

    Ideal for: Reseller Hosting is ideal for WebPro who wish to start their own hosting business. 

    The ResellerClub Advantage: Reseller Hosting offers you white-labelled services i.e you can offer your services to your clients under your own brand name. This helps you further your business and establish your business in the market, making you a one-stop-shop for all things domains and hosting. 

Final thoughts:

The choice of your chosen hosting greatly determines how well your website caters to your customers. The right choice of hosting is sure to keep them happy and coming back to you, whereas the wrong choice could result in either them not being happy or you paying more than what you should be based on your traffic. So, analyse your traffic and business before making the final choice. All hosting types are good, it all depends on the size and type of your business to make it a profitable venture. Choose wisely!

If you have any queries, you can drop us a comment below or get in touch with our support executives and we’ll be happy to help you!

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H. FatimaH. FatimaH. Fatima used to be an Engineer by profession and Writer by passion until she started pursuing full-time writing. She is presently a Content Marketeer at Newfold Digital (APAC). She mostly writes what she deeply perceives and analyses, it is her way of unwinding. Her interests include writing, reading (an avid reader), watching foreign-language movies and public speaking.View all posts by H. Fatima