Web Hosting

Different Types of Hosting
Type of HostingDescriptionSupportCost
FreeMay have ads, may require forum participation, slower server speeds, limited services.None or limited0
SharedMultiple websites placed on same server, share RAM, CPU, disk space, most popular.Full support$
ResellerAs a business venture, the owner of the account rents out a portion of his space.Support depends on owners technical expertise.$$
Virtual Private Server
(VPS)
Partions servers into several virtual compartments. Each compartment does not affect other partitions/compartments.
Fills in the area between a shared hosting and a true dedicated host.
Full support$$$
Dedicated HostingCustomer rents the entire server and resources. They also have full control over the server use. Gives the best performance and great for any business requiring large bandwidth.Full support$$$$
Managed HostingUses a dedicated server, and the host provider sets up, maintains, monitors and manages your website. Great for small and large business ventures, let the host provider take care of your website.Customer usually has no control - host provider will take care of any problems.$$$$
Colocation HostingCustomer owns the server, you rent space at a hosting provider for your server. Cooling, power, security are provided by host provider.You provide your own tech support.$$$$$
Cloud HostingThe customer website is not limited to one server, but spread across multiple servers. Reduces downtime and bandwidth issues, as your website works on a \"cluster\" or servers, like a \"cloud.\"Full support$$$$
Cluster HostingA group of stand alone computers linked together to work as a single computer. It is used for load balancing and produces high uptime (99.9%).Full support$$$$
Hosting Reviews
Some hosting services pay to have their business be ranked at the top.
These reviews supposedly are independent reviews.
WebsiteShort Description
WhoIsHostingThisDiscover who is hosting any website now. Might help you decide on a hosting service.
Also compare hosts, reviews and coupons.
HostingCheckerFind out who is hosting any website.
VistainterOne of the biggest web hosting reviews and ratings directory on web. We have 2136 web hosting providers listed.
Web Hosting TalkWeb hosting reviews, advice, and discussion on hosting related news and services. Get advice on dedicated server hosting, ecommerce systems, business web ...
WebHostingSearchIn the list below you can find reviews of web hosting providers divided by their geographical position. This way you can endorse your local web host and it is also benificial for you since their support team are located in the same time zone as you.
WebHosting DatabaseWHdb.com is home to the (original) Web Hosting Database. Launched by Jimmy Atkinson and Andy Hagans all the way back in 2007 (seems like ages ago!), WHdb allows users to browse an up-to-date database of web hosting providers and plans. Users can review both qualitative and quantitative information about available plans, including some pretty basic criteria (e.g., monthly bandwidth limit) as well as some more granular criteria (e.g., green hosting and carbon-neutral hosting policies).
TophostsFounded in 1997 by Rob Laidlaw, VerticalScope Inc.’s TopHosts.com is the complete Web hosting resource. It combines years of experience and proprietary technology to give small business owners, developers, Webmasters, and e-commerce businesses the most comprehensive, up-to-date information and tools available.
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