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- Free hosting: Best for personal blogs, web pages or small companies. This type is free because the service would usually be compensated with advertisements on your website and not ideal for serious business. Free hosting usually offers little or probably no support at all. It could also have a lot of disadvantages. This could be considered as a thing of the past because hosting has actually become more and more affordable through the years.
- Domain Hosting: Perfect for small businesses.
- Shared hosting: This hosting is most popular as well as the most widely used kind of web hosting. Shared hosting would basically mean that multiple websites are being hosted on just one hard drive and server. The hosting comes with pre-installed software to use which include CGI, PHP, and Weblogs. This would mean that each user would just have a limited disk space as well as bandwidth or data transfer.
- Reseller hosting: This would be the reselling of hosting accounts for another web host under a brand of your own. You would be determining the pricing structure and other aspects. As a reseller, you would be provided with everything that you need and you would not need any hardware anymore.
- Virtual Private Server: This would be the low-cost alternative to having your own server. Virtual would mean that you are not renting a real server, but you are rather splitting hardware with the other virtual servers running on the same machine.
- Dedicated Server: This is an advanced kind of web hosting which would include the rental as well as the exclusive use of an internet connection, a computer and software. The root access is provided for the most control. All resources available exclusively to the customer, compared to all the other types but would also require the greatest responsibility.
- Managed Hosting: This is like an expanded dedicated web server hosting. In dedicated servers, the client has to take care of his or her own server but in managed hosting, the provider would have the responsibility of doing that.
- Colocation: A dedicated server where physical machine owned by the customer and the provider just rent the physical space and high-speed Internet connection and resources. The SME's customer or large enterprises bring a server to the data center to host.
- Clustered hosting: This type of hosting is commonly used by the biggest and most important popular websites. Clustered would mean that the same content would be served on a number of load-balanced servers enabling better redundancy and resource hence provide better access.
- File and Image Hosting: File and image storage, but not Web sites.
- Weblog Hosting: Many companies offer Weblogs and blog hosting rather than a Web site specifically. These are typically less expensive than Standard Web hosting, but you're limited to a Web site that can be built with their blog software.
- E-commerce Web Hosting: If you're going to sell something on the Web you'll need to have a secure SSL (Secure Sockey Layer) server to protect your customers.