Get to know the 6 types of MaxiHost web servers.
When it comes to web hosting service, most companies and users refer to shared servers - but this is only one type of service or servers that you can own.
There are at least six other types of web servers on the market, each with advantages, disadvantages and specific applications.
Since the shared server, also known as shared host (from the English "split" or "shared"), is the most common of them, let's start here. The significance of this type of service is even in its name. The web hosting company maintain a server, or computer, with a space and resources that are shared by a number of small users of the service.
As the vast majority of personal websites or small business use a space that rarely exceeds 5Gb or 10Gb, the vast majority of shared servers end up being divided between 100 customers or more. These customers also do not run complex applications, with many requests made to databases, that's why they do not need servers with special or fully dedicated resources.
This is a cheap and relatively limited service, but ideal for those using simple websites, HTML/CSS, or work with light personal and business websites in WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and other CMS systems running on PHP and Apache (which are a standard on shared servers).
This has been one of the biggest news and turning point in the online market in recent times. Also known as "hosting grid" in some cases, cloud hosting services offer space similar to shared servers, but they have a key advantage: they are scalable.
It happens as follows – this new technology allows several common servers to be placed online, working together and functioning, for all purposes, as a single server of gigantic proportions. Thus, whenever the customer needs more space, the web hosting company can immediately allocate the required volume.
Thus, the pricing structure and charging also changed – some services employ similar systems to "pay-per-use" or "pay-as-you-go", that is, you pay a value that varies according to the volume features that you are in fact using or allocating. Others prefer the monthly payment method.
VPS servers are an intermediate step between the common shared services and servers and fully dedicated machines. This is because in the VPS servers, while a single machine is being used, separate and independent partitions are created, sometimes with different software and systems.
The big advantage? You do not run the risk of being "brought down" every time your host neighbors create a problem or cause destabilization on the shared server. Because of that, most VPS plans have guarantees about the performance of the hardware you will be using.
Or also known by its nomenclature in English – Reseller hosting. Most of the time is an account on a shared server, but it has additional tools that allow the user to resell part of the space allocated to the web hosting company.
Of course, in most cases this type of profile involves greater allocation of space in relation to the common shared hosting, around 50Gb or 100Gb. Resale packages in most web hosting services, besides allowing the user to manage their sites directly, provides an additional control panel, known as WHM (Web Host Manager), in which you can create new accounts for customers, send invoices and receive payments in some cases.
When you hire a dedicated server service, it is literally as if you are "renting" one of the physical servers present in the web hosting company. When you have such service, you can have full access to the server, if you choose to. This allows you to run any application from the machine, taking advantage of "root" permissions (as it is called in Linux).
Larger companies or companies that have extensive databases with millions of requests, as complex CRM and ERP systems, for example, usually choose this type of service.
The "colocation" services are not yet widespread, at least in Brazil, but they tend to become more common, particularly to reduce ancillary costs in maintaining servers.
In collocation, you literally "put" hardware in the racks of the web hosting company's servers. Thus, the hosting company provides the necessary electrical energy, is responsible for the safety and maintenance of the equipment, its cooling, and also access to the internet. This means that you are solely responsible for the software installed and running on your machine. Similarly, if the hardware fails, you do have to replace it. However, the prices of "collocation" are considerably lower than those of dedicated hosting services.
Maxihost has managed to please their customers because it invests in safety and secure and robust servers, which can either be Dedicated or Cloud. In addition, there is a whole specific development of servers for different OS: Linux and Windows.
To rely on a high quality service, as offered by Maxihost, when hiring the hosting for your website, can mean the difference between success or the "invisibility" of your brand. Make the right choice!
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