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What sort of host are you on?

It’s easy for people with a technical background to forget that some terms may not be clear to others. This morning I was speaking to someone about hosting and well, they were getting confused with some pretty basic terminology. So I pulled up an article called A Sundry of Options for Web Hosting that lists the types of web hosting options available and what they mean. In a nutshell you can have:

If you’re interested in website hosting and what options are available, the website I found the article on, Web Hosting Geeks, has reviews and comparisons you might be interested in .. and other articles about hosting too.

2 Responses to “What sort of host are you on?”

  1. You missed a very important host type Virtual Private Server hosting, which sits inbetween shared and dedicated. VPS is good, it gives you same freedom as dedicated servers, on a shared host server.


  2. Owen says:

    @Saravana: I purposefully didn’t mention VPS, Virtualised Hosts and Virtual Dedicated Servers because in my mind they’re a subset of dedicated hosts. Virtualisation software nowadays can protect each partition so that there’s no cross-talk or performance dependencies between hosts. So, for all intents and purposes, they are running on their own dedicated machine (even though they are cheaper then procuring our own hardware)

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