Choosing the right type of web hosting plan
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There are different types of web hosting plans and depending on your business needs choosing the right web hosting plan can be critical to your online success and ability to grow.

The most popular types of web hosting plans can be categorized into into these groups:

Shared Web Hosting PlanShared Hosting

In shared hosting many websites are sharing the space on the same physical web servers. Depending on the web host, a physical web server can host hundreds or even thousand of different websites. Typically, all domains may share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU. The features available with this type of service can be quite extensive. A shared website may be hosted with a reseller. Since a physical web server is shared by many websites (customers), the web hosting provider can offer a very low hosting price. For the same reason, websites on the shared hosting would have to accept slower server response time. Typically, shared hosting plans start at $5 - $10 per month.

Dedicated Web Hosting PlanDedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting plan is assigned a specific web server to be used only by one customer. Since a dedicated web server is allocated to only a single customer, the customer has the option to host single/multiple web sites, modify the software configuration, handle greater site traffic and scale the bandwidth as necessary. ; however, the user typically does not own the server. Another type of Dedicated hosting is Self-Managed or Unmanaged. This is usually the least expensive for Dedicated plans. The user has full administrative access to the box, which means the client is responsible for the security and maintenance of his own dedicated box. Most Dedicated Hosting plans start at $50 per month and can range up to $500 per month.

Managed Web HostingManaged Hosting

In managed web hosting the user gets his or her own Web server but is not allowed full control over it (root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, they are allowed to manage their data via FTP or other remote management tools. The user is disallowed full control so that the provider can guarantee quality of service by not allowing the user to modify the server or potentially create configuration problems. The user typically does not own the server. The server is leased to the client.

Co-Location Web HostingCo-location hosting

In dedicated hosting, the web server belongs to the web hosting provider and customers rent the web server during the hosting period. While in co-location hosting, the customer owns the web server hardware and only houses their web server within the web hosting provider's secure data center. The customer has full control over their web server. This is the most expensive type of the web hosting service. In most cases, the colocation provider may provide little to no support directly for their client's machine, providing only the electrical, Internet access, and storage facilities for the server. In most cases for colo, the client would have his own administrator visit the data center on site to do any hardware upgrades or changes. Depending on the monthly bandwidth and rack space required, typically co-location hosting range from $500 - $1500 per month.

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