Hosting

Websites need to be hosted on a computer connected to the internet called a server.

There are a variety of options for website hosting.

Shared Hosting

With shared hosting, your website is placed on a web server with other websites. If your website has special software requirements or gets a lot of website traffic shared hosting might not work for you because your website would disrupt the other websites on the server.

Advantages

  • Least Expensive

Disadvantages

  • Might not work if your website has special requirements.
  • Might not work if your website gets too much traffic.

Cloud Hosting

With cloud hosting, your website is placed on a collection of servers connected to each other. Most often cloud hosting charges a base rate and then charges additional if you use more resources than the base rate.

Advantages

  • Your website is least likely to go offline.

Disadvantages

  • Might not work if your website has special requirements.
  • Might cost a lot if you get an unexpected traffic spike.

Virtual Private Server

With a virtual private server you have more resources than shared hosting though your website is still on one server and shared with other websites. It is an in between option between shared hosting and a dedicated server.

Advantages

  • Less expensive than dedicated hosting

Disadvantages

  • Might not work if your website has special requirements
  • Might not work if your website gets too much traffic.

Dedicated Server

With a dedicated server, your website will be the only website on the server. You have access to all of the server's resources and can customize the software installed on the server.

Advantages

  • You have access to all of the server's resources.
  • You can customize the software installed on the server.

Disadvantages

  • More expensive than shared hosting or virtual private hosting.
  • If your website gets more traffic than the one server can handle (thousands of visitors a second), your website could go offline.

Adapt Sites LLC offers shared hosting. Contact us for more information.

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