There are 2 types of paid hosting available - shared and dedicated hosting.
1. Shared Hosting
- Shared hosting is what most people use.
- It usually has a web-based easy to use control panel system, such as cPanel. The provider is responsible for management of servers - if it breaks you call them.
- Linux and Windows based hosting is available from most providers.
- You will not be provided with a 100% unique IP address - hundreds of websites will have same IP.
- The main advantage of shared hosting is that it is reasonably priced from a few dollars a month.
2. Dedicated Hosting
- When you opt for dedicated hosting, the entire server is dedicated for your use only. It is not shared with anyone else.
- Dedicated hosting is slightly more expensive.
- Server administration is an additional service to get from the hosting company.
- You are less likely to have a problem with spam coming from your server.
- You will have plenty of space and in most can host more than one domain per account.
- You will have the flexibility to do what you want - you are in charge now.
Additional Advantages of Paid Hosting
- You've got your own domain name, plenty of space and in most can host more than one domain per account.
- It puts forth a professional appearance for your site or blog.
- Maximizes branding via domain name.
- You can have email addresses with your domain name.
- You can install web applications with databases requirements.
- You have the flexibility to do what you want, you are in charge now.
- You can implement SEO techniques and optimize your pages.
- It adds credibility to your name.
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