There are a few types of web hosting. The basic one is known as shared hosting, VPS, cloud hosting and server also known as bare metal. Basically, two things affect your choice, the budget and what do use it for.
In my opinion, understand the different types of web hosting is important. This will help you with a realistic budget to a web hosting. What is a realistic budget?
I call it a realistic budget because the prices can differ a lot between plan A and plan B. For example, shared hosting is 200 a year bu a bare metal server is 200 a month. There is a huge difference in price. Here’s the question, do you need a dedicated server? Or do you just need a simple web hosting for you to publish a simple website and create a few mailboxes?
We do not anticipate a startup buying a server unless you are running a campaign and you are expecting huge traffic like an auction website or similar. These websites have greater returns and revenue generated from the website, hence the cost is justifiable.
Some choose to run their campaign with a smaller scale server like the VPS or the cloud hosting. VPS behaves like a server but with little resources. Because VPS and cloud hosting are scalable, it is good for those have an uncertain amount of traffic at the start.
I suggest base on your requirement to set your budget. It is not possible to buy a server at a shared hosting price. Don’t laugh, we have spoken to customers with such perception. Basically, they have a faint idea on web hosting. So, it is important to research and know the differences between different types of web hosting.
What is the common mistake of choosing a dedicated server? Does size matter? Or the price is a matter. Basically, we put them into 2 categories; the value and the performance.
From my past experience, customers are looking at the disk size and the RAM. Yes, the more the merrier but this most time doesn’t help in performing but larger in quantity. For me. I will go with performance than value.
A 2.6Ghz CPU A if different to 2.6Ghz CPU B. CPU B have the same speed but it is the later generation consumes 30 watts while CPU A use 60 watts. It means performs better and consumes power lesser.
Next, we come to storage, we have hard drives, SSDs and NVMe now. Even the Hard Drives are different. The slower one spins at 5400rpm, follow by 7200rpm, 10,000rpm and 15,000rpm. The spin speeds give you better read and write performance. SSD reads at about 500Mb per second and NVMe is 2000MB per second. Hard Drives, the most common is 7200rpm gives you 150Mb.
So, today you got a big hard drive which means you can store more but the server can only host 2 websites as compared to those with SSD 3 time more for the same website loading speed.
For a dedicated server, the priority should be the power, the performance unless you use it for files archiving and you need the pace. A website with images probably less than 10GB if you have a 6TB server, I will guess you used it for archiving.
On the other hand, big hard drives like 4TB are common now, who sells you 1 or 2 TB drives. Most probably, they are old stock if they do. The spin speed is still important if you stick with the hard drives., otherwise SSD at least.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]