= Shared hosting, VPS, dedicated server or cloud? =

**The hosting market is quite predictable and is unlikely to evolve **There have been four main products over the years: shared hosting, VPS, dedicated servers and cloud server **Each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages, and in fact does not meet 100% of customer requirements **A flash of innovation has recently become** Flexible Web Hosting at Arzhostwhich was one of the few hosting products to receive the PC World editorial award in 2017 **It accumulates the greatest advantages of the previously mentioned options, and with each month it gains more and more part of the market
These three products have existed on the hosting market for years, they are aimed at different groups of recipients and differ significantly in terms of price

Due to the fact that shared hosting is cheap and safe, as it is fully managed by the administrators of the hosting company, it is of the greatest interest among small businesses and beginner bloggers. It works in a very simple way: on one server many different sites run simultaneously. The client receives access to a proprietary or licensed administration panel and should not have any major problems with hosting, even if he or she does not have any specific technical knowledge

The main disadvantage of this solution is its stability and limited resources that are allocated to individual services based on the same instance. Unfortunately, no matter how expensive the package you choose with your hosting company, there is a risk that with a sudden spike in traffic you will exhaust your resources and your site will be blocked for a while

It can also happen that a different service on the same server is visited by a lot of people at the same time. Then you will also feel the effects of it in the form of a slow-acting side

VPS is a solution that ranks between shared hosting and a dedicated server. It is a virtual machine installed on the server, the user of which receives full parameters only for himself. This is a huge advantage, because you can be sure that there is no other website next to you that may cause your portal to suffer

The downside to this option is that you need the skills needed to operate the server. Of course, you can use the administrator's services, but these are additional and considerable costs. You also need to take care of the backups yourself. In addition, VPS will not protect you when the resources, the size of which is defined before purchase, are exceeded. If you suddenly exceed the parameters at your disposal, your website will cease to function

A dedicated server is a separate computer located in the server room, which is solely at your disposal. Definitely the most expensive solution, intended only for large companies generating gigantic traffic. Dedicated servers guarantee a safe reserve of computing power, which in most cases remains unused. Even so, customers have to pay for it. Moreover, without the appropriate technical skills or the help of an administrator, a dedicated server will be

It should also be remembered that in the event of such a server failure, it is more difficult to restore it compared to traditional shared hosting due to certain procedures. It happens that the restart of a dedicated server takes a very long time, even several or several hours

Cloud server called the cloud is one of the newer solutions available on the hosting market. Its operation is very similar to a VPS or a dedicated server with one difference. These two solutions, although based on very powerful computers, are still prone to mechanical failures that can lead to your website inoperative. More expensive cloud solutions guarantee uninterrupted operation, because in the event of a hardware failure, they will automatically transfer files to another place, thanks to which the pages will be available all the time. Cheaper and definitely more commonwill also run a copy of the website on a different machine, but it is associated with a break in the operation of the website

Cloud server also means automatic scaling depending on the needs. In the event of a traffic jump, the cloud will adjust its parameters so that the website does not slow down or become blocked. However, there is one snag: scaling does not work downwards, so in a situation when there is no demand for these parameters, the customer will still pay for them. To reduce resources, a manual server restart is required, which requires administrator involvement

To operate the cloud, you need technical skills or the help of an administrator, because in most cases the service provider does not provide an administration panel to operate the server

**Shared hosting** *- safe and cheap solution- fully managed- access to the administration panel- no specialist technical knowledge required* **VPS** *- full security parameters available only to one customer- no dependence on other services* **Dedicated server**
- computer in the server room at the disposal of one client- no dependence on other services- high security limits
- full security parameters available only to one client- in the event of a failure, the website remains available due to automatic file transfer- automatic scaling of resources up
**Shared hosting** *- not always satisfactory stability- low security limits- dependence on other services located on the same server* **VPS** *requires specialist technical knowledge or administrator support- you should take care of the backups yourself- when the resources are exceeded, the website is blocked- no administration panel without prior installation* **Dedicated server** *- requires specialized technical knowledge or administrator support- you should take care of backups yourself- restoring the server after a failure is difficult and time-consuming- no administration panel without prior installation* **cloud** *- requires specialist technical knowledge or administrator support- no administration panel without prior installation- resource scaling does not work downwards*
As you can see, all the solutions mentioned above have advantages, but also significant disadvantages, which are problematic and often disqualify any of the services. But there is one more possibility ..

Flexible Web Hosting is the latest solution created by
**ARZHOST** that has been on the market for over 15 years . It combines the greatest advantages of all the above-mentioned services, but, importantly, eliminates their disadvantages

The main advantage of this service, which cannot be found among other solutions, is the automatic scaling of the server also downwards. No matter how much traffic jump you make, your website will remain active as intelligent algorithms will automatically and instantly allocate the required amount of resources. The added capacity will be charged in advance by the hour, so when traffic returns to normal, you will no longer incur additional costs

This is great because you never overpay for your server. You only pay for the resources actually used

Our resource requirements change frequently due to the ongoing marketing campaigns. We decided to choose ARZHOST because it is the only company that flexibly adjusts the possibilities and costs of the service, while being fully responsible for the administration of our servers

In addition, Flexible Web Hosting is a fully managed service combined with an intuitive and proprietary administration panel. Its operation is ensured by a team of administrators who are vigilant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You also don't have to worry about the backups that are done for you

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