What type of web hosting do I need?

Ardi Coetzee

There are 4 main different types of hosting to choose from and it can be tricky figuring out which is the best for your specific scenario. Below I discuss each type and make suggestions on when each is best to use. Please leave a comment if you have any questions!

Shared Hosting

As the most popular type of hosting, there is a good chance shared hosting is what you are looking for. Shared hosting provides you with one single account on a server that is also used by other users. The name comes from the fact with this type of hosting you "share" a single server. Shared Hosting is the most affordable and most popular type of hosting because you don't need to pay for a complete server. The cost is less because the the expense is shared among many users.

Best for: Small to Medium Sized Businesses, or Personal Websites.

Starting from: N$ 58.25 / R 58.25 per month

Read more: Linux or .NET

Reseller Hosting

While multiple resellers are still sharing the disk space on a single server, Reseller accounts provide the owner of the account with a larger piece of disk space and the added benefit of being able to create more accounts. That is why it's called the reseller account, because it is generally used by users who wish to create more accounts and charge other users for using these accounts. However, it's not limited to people trying to sell web space. Reseller Hosting is also very convenient if you intend to host multiple websites. With more disk space and bandwidth, Reseller Accounts are great at running several accounts under one roof. 

Best for: Someone who wishes to resell hosting services or someone who intends to set up multiple websites

Starting from: N$ 275 / R 275 per month

Read more: Linux

Virtual Private Servers

With Reseller Hosting you are able to create more accounts, but you still don't have root access. This means that with Reseller hosting, if you need a new library installed, you would need to request that from Namhost. But if you have a Virtual Private Server, it means you have your own Linux or Windows instance running in it's own container and you have full root access and can install software and make changes as a root / super admin user.

Virtual Private Servers are a fantastic way to start small and work towards scaling up. The ease of upgrading is one of the main benefits of Virtual Private Servers. With minimal downtime you can increase the number of CPUs, add more memory or even increase disk space. It's a true cloud solution that gives you the power you normally only get with dedicated servers, but at a fraction of the cost. 

Best for: Large Businesses, Advanced Applications.

Starting from: N$ 805 / R 805 per month

Read more: Linux

Dedicated Servers

A dedicated server is the most advanced you can go. It means you have a server connected to the internet that you can do with as you please. This is the most expensive type of hosting, but it provides the highest level of control. Virtual Private Servers are a cloud solution, which means your instance is next to other instances which could be on the same server. But with Dedicated Servers you only share the same Data Center as other users. Your server is only used by yourself, no one else has access to it. 

Best for: Large Businesses, Advanced Applications

Starting from: N$ 3300 / R 3300 per month

Read more: Linux or .NET

About the Author
Ardi Coetzee
Ardi Coetzee
PHP Developer @ Namhost.com