Today I’m going to talk about Reseller club.what are the various hosting options that you should consider as a user. It’s a question that I get a lot from my small and medium businesses, from professional bloggers who always want to know what is the best hosting option for you.
There are various hosting options like Shared, VPS, Dedi. If you don’t know about them, do not worry, we will cover them as we move along in this article.
I’ll talk about them and also flush out some of the reasons why you should choose between them. I’m also going to talk about how hosting products change and why the requirements keep changing and evolving through the journey of my dear friend Jack who started a small business and then moved to establish a big company with many employees.
We’re going to talk about how his hosting requirements changed and what was the reason behind the reason why he wanted to use different products that are available right now in the market.
My friend Jack wanted to get online and the easiest way to do that was through a shared hosting package.
Let’s understand how shared hosting worksnow. Shared hosting is or can be compared to a college hostel. A college hostel is shared among many users.
Water and other resources can be shared among a lot of other people. Every now and then somebody could use more water whereby somebody else would not get some amount of water that they require for the day.
In a shared environment, CPU, Bandwidth and RAM are shared among all the users on that shared server.
Now every now and then if one of the websites is going to get a lot of visitors, other users who have business-critical websites will have a performance dip because somebody else on that server is going to be using all the resources that are available for that server.
For business critical applications you would not want to host on shared hosting because business if somebody else is going to abuse the system then you are going to have critical downtime.
It could impact your profitability, potentially also lose some customers along the way. My friend Jack used a simple but effective WordPress site in order to get online. You need a website which created by hosting and domain for Digital marketing.
It was relatively faster because it didn’t require him to understand hosting and all the technical aspects and it also didn’t mean that he needed to employ somebody to maintain that website.
A few months have passed and Jack started realising that hosting his website on a shared environment had its own downsides.
This is when he started seeing things like shared servers not being available or not useful for business critical applications.
He was also trying to,you know, make sure that some of his custom settings that he needed for firewall, etc were not really conducive for a shared environment.
Jack started to worry about this and a little research brought him over to VPS hosting. Virtual Private Servers aka VPS is, as an example you can consider a small apartment.
Within the four walls of the apartment, you can do anything. You can get a TV, you can get some plants,you can even have a pet. However, you are allowed to do this only within the four walls of that apartment.
In Virtual Private Servers, a powerful server is split into virtualized machines and you will need to actually use those resources allocated to each virtualized instance.
For example, CPU,RAM,Hard Drive, Bandwidth all have it’s own limitations in terms of the virtual server that you are assigned to and there is nothing that will stop you from using that virtual private server for installing applications, custom firewalls, anything that you would like from using it as customized as you want.
Jack realized that using a VPS is so much beneficial than shared hosting because he was able to use his custom firewall rules that he wanted to use while he was on shared hosting.
Jack realised that VPS hosting is the bestoption for him right now because he was spreading out his business.
He was going to see increased traffic in thecouple of months that he was going to spend some money marketing new technologies.
He had an increased need in terms of email accounts because the number of people in his company had started to increase.
He was also working on a mode where he needed to work with private, secured data. And the VPS allowed him to do so because of the benefits that it contains.
Jack started using the VPS and was more than happy. The VPS had higher bandwidth, it gave him the flexibility to move, upgrade or downgrade as per his requirements.
It also was very flexible in terms of custom code because it allowed him to write a backup chron which allowed for disaster recovery and you know put everything from his custom VPS to an AWS account that he had.
He was also able to use firewall settings to his benefit because he had started to work towards a CRM which needed admin access and he was able to use the custom firewall to prevent access from a security standpoint.
Jack was happy using the VPS and while it continued to give him 5x growth, some of the applications started to outgrow the virtualized set up. He was not able to control what the application needed and hence he started to look out for options.
He was thinking about using many other options available in terms of bandwidth,the plan available,the size available, however, when he couldna find a solution he took this request back to his support team and the support team requested him to move to a dedicated plan because that was the logical option available from a package upgrade perspective.
A Dedicated server is like buying a piece of land, you will have your own plot, you will have your own gas supply, electricity or even a pool.
In a house which belongs to you, nobody can stake a claim at the resources that you have, nobody can come into the pool and say I want to use it for the day.
Likewise, in a dedicated server, you will have all the resources like CPU, Bandwidth, RAM, etc which is actually part of your own set up.
Nobody can use that or nobody has the right to use a website which will use those resources. Like buying a house, a dedicated server has upfront costs which you will have to bear.
Jack understood that a dedicated server is the best option for him right now, and hence he moved all his applications that required a dedicated set up. Within the first month itself, he migrated all of them.
While Jack realized that a dedicated setup is best suited for his applications as of right now, it needed him to have clear visibility in terms of how his business is going to perform in the short and medium-term.
If you go wrong you could either end up with an infrastructure that is too large or if you are going to predict it incorrectly you will have an infrastructure that is too small for the business applications that you are hosting it on.
Jack quickly understood with the team of experts that he had that this is the best choice as of right now and he migrated all his applications onto the setup.
Now that you’ve seen Jack’s story and how it impacted his decision-making ability in terms of the right hosting that he needed to choose, here are a few, quick points to consider.
Here on the screen, you can see the pros and cons of each product. Let me take you through it as a summary. Shared Hosting is preferred due to the lowcost associated with it and the time is taken to go online with it is relatively very fast.
It’s very easy to maintain and has the ability to install all sorts of software with a one-click installer. It does have it’s own scalability issues and dependability is a concern.
VPS is very cost-effective and you can increase resource capabilities as your needs grow. It provides instant scalability, instant upgrades and often no reboots are required.
It allows software customizations with admin access and provides a quick migration facility. Disk I/O and host network connections can be bottlenecks that sometimes cause downtime.
Dedicated servers give powerful control of overall aspects of your hosting environment. It’s completely isolated providing better security and gives software and hardware customizations.
It’s quite expensive and inflexible because of the upfront cost and static resources.