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There are multiple kinds of Hosting. Here is a breakdown of the different types of hosting.

Web Hosting

Shared Web Hosting

Shared Web Hosting is when you are hosting your website on a server that is shared with other users. This is one of the cheapest options when comes to hosting because you are sharing the server. The hosting provider takes one server and breaks it down into small pieces and splits the cost up so it’s more affordable.

When you are on a shared server you may have issues with other users using too much of the server’s resources, which could cause issues for your website. If this happens they are usually suspended for a violation of their Terms of Service. However, if you’re using too much of the server resources you could be suspended yourself.

Re-seller Web Hosting

Re-seller is similar to shared hosting. What happens is when you pay for the server. You can then split the server up, and re-sell the server space to others that need hosting. This is much like shared hosting.

Cloud-Based Web Hosting

Cloud-based web Hosting is when resources are shared among multiple servers.  It also allows for easily and rapidly provisioning if more resources are needed.

Virtual Private Server (VPS)

A Virtual Private Server is a Private server that is set up virtually on a bigger server.  This is much like a dedicated Server and allows you to have your own Operating System installed on the server.

Dedicated Web Server

A Dedicated web server is when you lease an entire server for your own. You are paying the whole cost and not sharing the server with anyone else.  You are usually responsible for the management and upkeep of the server unless there is a service plan included, or additionally purchased.

Co-location Web Hosting

Co-location is when you rent building space that includes cooling, power, bandwidth and physical security.  You would then bring your server and set it up in the co-location destination.

Managed WordPress Hosting

Managed WordPress Hosting.  It’s been optimized for WordPress, to allow for faster speeds.  The support is more knowledgeable regarding WordPress.  This may be a good place to start when you want a blog, but need help setting it up and maintaining it.