There are several types of domain hosting you can opt from in order to benefit from the services.
Here are some of the basic types you can actually choose from:
a) Shared or virtual
This type of domain hosting service is very common among the internet user. Here, your domain name would be registered on to a specific server. The server is thereafter shared in terms of various resources such as RAM, Bandwidth, Operating System, CPU time by other Clients of your own HSP or ISP.
There are several benefits of this type of service. First, it provides you an opportunity to enjoy lowest cost for registration of domain name. This is because your HSP or ISP tend to host numbers of clients on to a single server. This makes them minimize the server maintenance cost and the saving amount is passed on to you.
The service is best suited for small as well as medium websites with average traffic. It is very important to check with your HSP or ISP, the actual terms and conditions of the service. This will let you understand the actual definition of the term ‘average traffic’. This is because different HSP or ISP has different benchmark.
b) Virtual dedicated server or virtual private server
This type of service comes somewhere in between the shared as well as dedicated web hosting service. The features provided would be similar to as the virtual or shared domain hosting service. However, these features and stipulated in a manner that a specific portion of all these resources are for you. You are the only authorized individual to use these resources.
In short, all these resources would be readily available 24 x 7 for you to be used. The percentage of allocation of these resources is usually determined by your agreement as signed with your ISP or HSP. There are many benefits of using this service. It is cost effective.
This is because you would be able to enjoy access to all the resources provided to you. These are exclusively for you to be used. The server activities are more stable. The hosting service is more secure and consistent as it is fed by the similar amount of resources.
c) Free web hosting
The service is provided free of cost. Nothing is charged. The service is suitable for small website with low traffic as an experiment or as a test platform. The main advantage of this type of hosting is free of cost.
d) Server collocation
This type of hosting tend to provide you with an efficient and comfortable infrastructure where you can easily build up your own custom build server at the ISP or HSP of your choice. The ISP or HSP will connect your server into their data centre and network in turn.
The main benefit of this type of a server is that it provides you with enhanced flexibility and control in terms of the operation of the server as well as its resources.
Source by Bertil Hjert