You have great plans for your web presence, you are full of ideas, your pockets are filled up with cash you are willing to spend so go for it. If your pockets are not so much filled up with cash you try to get the best value for your money. Domain name and hosting , two things which you can’t build yourself, you need to pay for it, end of story.
What is shared web hosting.
By now it is the most popular and affordable web hosting for bloggers and small businesses.Shared Web Hosting means that one physical server and the allocated resources hosted on that server are shared between many users. Actually, on the shared hosting platform each user has his own limit on particular services like disk space, monthly traffic, email accounts, FTP accounts, databases etc.
On the other hand, all performance resources on a physical machine (server) are shared. The RAM and CPU, the single Apache server, the single MySQL server and the single Mail server are on a shared basis.
Shared Web Hosting is the most economical way of hosting a website simply because expenditures per machine are covered by more users. Due to the favourable ratios these savings trickle down to the customer. There are many options, you usually get e-mail accounts, databases, one-click installation of the most popular content management systems like, Drupal, Joomla! And WordPress. You get sort of technical support, which in many cases looks good only on paper and in reality may be different. You have some peace of mind that your hosting is managed, but you sooner or later face limitation on shared hosts and performance will suffer. There are many companies and price plans, contract etc. Customer experience vary and it is very hard to justify which company provides the best value for money.
Good alternative to shred hosting is Virtual Private Server. Virtual Private Server Hosting is an innovative approach to partitioning physical servers into several virtual machines. It is the future of modern hosting as it provides the power and functionality of a high-end dedicated server but at a much lower price. By purchasing a VPS you get a 100% individual machine with root (administrator ) access and your own dedicated CPU, RAM and SSD storage. Each Virtual Server can run under its own operating system (Debian, CentOS or your custom Linux distribution) or have custom configurations of its own.
You can get 100% control over your server and the prices are reasonable. One drawback is that you need to take care of everything in regards to server management, configuration, installation, updates and so on. There are many companies which offer VPS, but I would like to mention two, mainly because their prices are fair and services are good – VULTR and DIGITALOCEAN
Vultr. I haven’t used it but they have very good opinion and great tutorials how to set up and configure your server. Another company is Digital Ocean.
I personally recommend as I am using their service. I was surprised with how easy is to set up droplet, how good are their tutorials. Digital Ocean tutorials are step by step instruction you can just copy and paste into your terminal and get your server up and running. It take time, but you learn something new and don’t forget a piece of paper and pen to make some notes as you may need it later. There is no contract so you can withdraw in any time, you can destroy your server and start from scratch with another one. You can install cPanel or Server Pilot to help you with server management.
Keep in mind that all “extras” consume resources of your droplet ( RAM ) and you should use it with care. I don’t use cPanel, or Server Pilot and believe that standard terminal and command line typing do the job brilliantly. You will need to find the way to organize your e-mail server. Although it is entirely possible to set up mail server on your droplet, it is not recommended. I will tell you how you can have it for free using ZOHO.
Both Vultr and Digital Ocean offer good value for money and similar prices:
You can see how much it cost per month, or per hour. Vultr Prices below:
It is really not the big difference. I would recommend you to try DigitalOcean as it is really good. You may try the cheapest option and later scale up and down as you wish. Try it now