What are the Main Types of Web Hosting?

main types of web hosting

Web hosting comes in different forms. If you are a starter, it is important to understand each of the types of web hosting so that you can make the right choice. So comes the question: What are the main types of web hosting?

There used to be four types of web hosting. These were shared web hosting, VPS web hosting, and dedicated server hosting. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server.

Now, there is an additional one: WordPress hosting. This came about as a result of the popularity of the WordPress Content Management System.

Let us get to the meaning of each type of web hosting below. These are explained in simple terms so that everyone can understand them easily.

Types of Web Hosting Explained

  1. Shared Web Hosting: Let me use transportation as an example. When you use public transport, you share the cost of the fuel, seats, maintenance of the vehicle, payment of the driver, etc with other users on the same vehicle. This is exactly how shared web hosting works. Let us take a server (pc) that has an amount of RAM, CPU, hard drives, etc. when you use shared hosting, you share these resources with other users on the same shared hosting server. If the server gets overloaded, it affects your site, etc.
  2. WordPress Hosting: WordPress hosting works just like shared hosting. The only difference is that it comes with an improvement in security, WordPress updates, etc. This means that the server has been tuned specifically for WordPress sites so they can run efficiently. If you host with us, you do not need a tuned WordPress hosting. Our shared hosting servers are already tuned to handle your WordPress sites.
  3. VPS Hosting: As mentioned earlier, VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. A VPS is a part of a complete server. If a server has, say 32GB RAM, 12 core CPU, and 1TB SSD drive, these resources can be shared among say 3 servers that will have 4, 6, and 8GB RAM respectively. This will be a total of 18GB RAM used, leaving 14GB for the main server. The CPU can also be shared like 2, 3, and 4 cores respectively, making a total of 9 cores, leaving 3 cores for the main server. The same thing can be done for the solid-state drive. These individual VPSs can run autonomously without affecting each other. You can read more here on how a VPS server works.
  4. Reseller Web Hosting: Reseller hosting is reselling a web hosting space to your own customers. When you buy reseller hosting, the parent hosting company gives you some disk space to sell for your own profit. You get to share other resources such as RAM, and processors with the customers of the parent company, but the disk space is limited to the size you have been given. Most times, you are also given a free license to a billing software for managing your clients. If there is an issue with a site of your own customers, you can request support from the parent company to help you fix it.
  5. Dedicated Server Hosting: In the VPS type of web hosting, you realize that the resources were divided among the different VPS servers on the same machine. For dedicated server hosting. resources are not shared or divided with anyone. You are entitled to the whole server’s resources. You are also entitled to the management and security of the server which can sometimes be very challenging if you are not well-vested in server administration.


Now you know the different or main types of web hosting. As a starter, I recommend you go with our shared hosting service. They are very cheap and fast to run your websites and web applications. You can click on the link here to access our homepage for any of the packages. We are giving you up to a 30% discount to start your new hosting experience with us. After you have gained enough experience with the main types of web hosting, you can then try the other types.