Before you can get your site out there, you’ll need somewhere to store the files! Typically there are three main types of hosting you can purchase, shared, VPS or dedicated. Each of these have their own advantages, it’s just a case of picking the one which suits your requirements best.
Shared servers are the cheapest option, where you get a small part of a server to yourself however there may be hundreds of other sites on the same box. This opens up various risks if not managed correctly.
This type of hosting is usually fine for smaller businesses, blogs, personal sites that don’t get a load of traffic. They are the easiest to setup and most affordable.
A VPS (Virtual Private Server) is the middleman between Shared and Dedicated hosting. You get a virtual server which is on the same physical box as other servers, however you’re virtually separated from the rest by visualization software. This gives you more control over the server like a Dedicated solution, but at costs closer to Shared solutions.
If you’re site requires specific server fine tuning, or you’ve outgrown a simple shared hosting platform a VPS would be the next logical step. If you don’t have any technical server knowledge you need to make sure it’s a managed VPS you purchase so the provider manages the system upgrades and provides support.
Dedicated servers are typically much more expensive but you get what you pay for. All the resources of the physical server are your own.
Like the VPS solution, you’re able to fine tune the server and all the goodies under the hood are yours. Large scale, high traffic sites run on dedicated hosting. Again, if you don’t have any technical knowledge make sure you’re on a managed dedicated hosting platform.