If you are starting a website the first thing you should do is find a good hosting provider.If you select the right hosting provider it will not only save you from future hassles but it is also beneficial for SEO of your website.There are too many hosting provider available in the market and many of them will give you fake promises like unlimited bandwidth ,connections,space etc.But as your website start gaining decent traffic they will ask you to upgrade your hosting plans as they cannot support that much traffic under your current plan.
Then most of us have no other option but have to upgrade the hosting plan as moving the website to new host is not an easy task.Moreovere there is no guarantee that the new host will not play the same tricks.So selecting the best hosting can be really difficult.
Each webhost usually provides three types of hosting services
Dedicated Server Hosting
Virtual Dedicated Server or Virtual Private Servers
Shared Hosting:-.In shared hosting same server is shared by multiple websites and the resources (bandwidth,space,connections) are limited.Most of the companies don’t guarantee high performance in shared hosting. It is recommended for new webmasters
Dedicated Server Hosting:-In dedicated server hosting you will have your separate server.It is recommended if your own a blog network (20-30 blogs),high bandwidth website (like streaming websites,image hosting) or if you want to run advanced softwares on your server.Dedicated servers assure you peek performance and high reliability.
Virtual Dedicated servers :-In virtual dedicated servers there will be many customers on the same server (like shared hosting) but you will be given separate privacy and resources (like dedicated hosting)
While selecting a any hosting Plan you will have to choose between Windows Hostingor Linux Hosting
Windows Web Hosting:- The biggest advantage of windows web hosting is that you can run Microsoft softwares such as Access and MS SQL databases.If you are a developer then you can also use Microsoft programming technologies like Active Server Pages (ASP), Visual Basic Scripts, MS Index Server
Linux Web Hosting:-Linux web hosting is cheaper than windows hosting and it is also known for high speed and less frequent crashes.But you cannot run Microsoft softwares on your Linux hosting
So choose your hosting plan as well as hosting provider wisely as it will benefit you in the long run.