Hosting Types and – a non-technical guide

Shared Hosting:


This is where multiple domains use a single web server, it reduces the cost for people but you may have issues with the speed your website works at and by not having your own IP address it will not be ideal when you do SEO (although it’s not a big problem for SEO).

Virtual Private Server (VPS) or Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS)

This is when you actually share a server with other domains, but it appears to be and acts like a dedicated server. What this means is that you can choose the operating system your server uses without the larger cost a dedicated server has; it can be a good compromise.

Dedicated Servers

This is when you have all of the server, all of its bandwidth and processing power all to yourself, so you can decide on operating systems. Dedicated servers can be located in-house or in third party locations, such as a data centre, but remember you have to look after it. The other great aspect to this option is you can specify a server or group of servers to meet or exceed your needs.

Just bear in mind that it may be best to have a managed version of a dedicated server, that way if something goes wrong, there is an expert on hand to help you sort it out, otherwise you could be on your own.

Cloud Hosting / Computing

This is a recent and quite fashionable way to host offered by many of the big online businesses like Amazon, Rackspace and Microsoft. The basis for this is shared processing and storage that you pay for as you need it and because it links multiple computers together it offers unbelievable flexibility on an ad-hoc basis, so can be the ideal cost vs. performance solution for growing companies.

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We always have people ask us what do we use on this site, so here are a few of the most relevant service providers:

  • To manage our audience and email communication we use: Infusionsoft
  • For most of our images, we use: Shutterstock
  • Our web hosting and domain registration is done by: 123-reg and Realhosts.
  • To automated and centralise our social media we use: HootSuite
  • To help with SEO and lead generation we use: Webfire
  • Video on this website is hosted on: Wistia

If you would like to find out more about any of the providers listed above, we review them honestly, provide details of alternatives (as they may be more suitable for you) and also other services we use in our resources section.

By Adrian Fleming

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