If you plan to create your website, put a showcase site online, create a blog, you will need to host it on a server in order to make it available to Internet users.
But what is a server?
A server is a computer connected to the Internet that will be more powerful than your usual desktop computer. It has its own processor, hard disk, RAM, etc. These servers are generally made available for a subscription, by web hosts.
Hosting refers to the fact of making storage space available to creators and owners of websites on secure servers, so that the sites in question can be accessed on the Internet.
More specifically, the server can: provide access to web pages, offer an electronic mail service, store your data in a database or even run applications.
And in fact, all the services you have access to online like your favorite playlist on Spotify, your emails on Gmail are managed and hosted on servers. And all these services are accessible via requests made by users.
One of the best known hosts in France is OVH. Each host offers different hosting services and solutions depending on the level of security guaranteed, the rates applied, the storage space allocated, the associated services, etc.
The different types of hosting: on shared server, dedicated, VPS or Cloud
The shared server
In the case of a shared server, your site will be stored among dozens of other sites on the same server.
The advantage is the economic aspect and it is really the easiest to configure. If the sites need a minimum of performance to function correctly, these are not services which are generally costly in terms of machine resources. It is therefore quite wise to offer shared web services for the majority of sites.
Side disadvantages: You share the same server with several other websites, which can affect the performance of your website a little. And this type of hosting is therefore not suitable for high traffic sites.
This hosting will therefore be very good if your site attracts less than 20,000 visits per month, if your blog still attracts few visits or if you have a small e-commerce site with few products and little traffic.
In the case of dedicated hosting, you will have your own server, which you can configure according to your needs.
It is a suitable server if you generate a lot of traffic (if you are an online store with several thousand products and many visitors), if you want to improve the performance of your site or if you want to better secure your website. and its associated data (with the help of a competent professional).
Side disadvantages, it is a more expensive service, The configuration and the management of a dedicated server require good technical knowledge and all the technical interventions are with the responsibility and the load of the customer.
It also allows custom configurations to be made to optimize your application or site according to specific needs.
VPS hosting (Virtual Private Server) is a hybrid system halfway between shared and dedicated hosting. The VPS indeed consists in creating several virtual servers on the same real server. We therefore have a server that will operate in the same way as a dedicated server but with virtualized technical characteristics since it is shared with other VPS on the same server.
VPS hosting offers a good price-performance ratio. It is possible to adapt its virtual server according to its real needs. But like the dedicated server, VPS hosting requires good knowledge of system administration.
Finally, Cloud hosting is based on a multitude of servers and the customer will pay for what he really consumes, which allows maximum flexibility. It is able to support large variations in bandwidth requirements.
Cloud hosting means data is hosted outside of the company, so make sure the provider has everything in place to secure your data.
At vpswala.org we offer a free vps hosting, on a shared or dedicated server. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or for any need.