Last Updated on June 29, 2014 by Ruchir Shastri
As we all know, web hosting allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the WWW.
What is a Web Hosting plan?
Web hosting plan is term used for set of the resources with specified capacity / resources for your website.
Every web hosting company does their own market research and prepare suitable web hosting plans targeted to needs of specific audience and their business. As per the website/application and its traffic, web hosting resources are selected. Main factors that comprise of these resources are CPU power, Storage space, RAM and bandwidth. It is very tough for any web hosting company to devise a perfect web hosting plans as per the needs of website.
Various Web Hosting Options
- Windows VPS Hosting (Self-Managed or fully managed)
- SSD Windows VPS
- Windows Shared Hosting / Reseller Hosting
- Linux VPS Hosting
- Cloud VPS Hosting
- Dedicated Servers (Self-Managed or fully managed)
- SSD Dedicated Servers
- Unmetered Dedicated Servers
Are you thinking to go for your web hosting? But do not know much about various resources and how to customize your plan. Let’s have a look around for the list of resources and in what capacity are available in web hosting market.
Let’s take example of Dedicated Servers Configuration
Available Subscription time
How much time you want your website hosted with web hosting company, whether: 1 Month / 6 Month / 12 Month
Processor and RAM
Prices vary as per the processor, as you can observe below, they are of Intel processor with model number, speed and number of cores available.
Depending on resource usage, you can also select variety of RAM options which can typically start from 4GB to 8GB and go up to 128 or 256GB per server
- Intel Atom D525 Dual-Core, 1.8 GHz (4 HT Cores) with 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM
- Intel Xeon E3-1230v2/v3, 3.3 GHz (8 HT Cores) with a range of 8GB-32GB DDR3 ECC RAM
- 2 * Intel Xeon E5-2620 6-Core, 2 GHz (24 HT Cores) with 32GB-128GB DDR3 ECC RAM
Hard Drive / Storage space
Web hosting companies use to provide some basic storage space. If there is a requirement for more storage space, it can be upgraded from below options:
- 500GB / 1TB / 2TB / 4TB SATA III or 120GB / 240GB / 480GB / 1TB SSD
With your configured plan, one dedicated IPv4 is included. In case you need more, you can contact your web hosting company who can allocate more IP’s after providing justification for usage.
As the term suggests, customer is required to perform day to day management tasks along with troubleshooting / fixing the issues in Dedicated Servers or VPS plans including regular monitoring, Security and maintenance.
Dedicated server providers will charge for any of the task, updates needed once server is with Customers.
An alternate for this is a fully managed service level whereby server experts handle day to day management tasks, security audits, automated 24×7 monitoring and daily backups.
IPMI KVM w/ Remote Reboot
This particular addon helps in accessing the server over console (as if you are physically sitting in front of server) in case you lose public connectivity to the server for any reason. It also has features to remotely load an operating system in server and perform hard / soft reboot of server.
Multiple Operating System Choices
Web Hosting companies offer to install your own Operating System or Linux or Windows based in your dedicated server
- Linux (CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu Server) or
- Microsoft OS (Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 R2 64-bit, Windows 2003 32-bit / 64-bit)
- Install your own
SQL Server is one of the licensed products from Microsoft for any of the database applications. This one is paid. Prices will vary in below options:
- SQL Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Express Edition
- SQL Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Web Edition
- SQL Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Standard Edition
Having a robust backup plan is inevitable for all important / critical data since server can fail (and they do fail) any time. Using enterprise components along with having redundancy at storage level (through RAID / etc) helps in minimizing this risk to huge extent. However, it is always recommended to have some sort of off server backups in place.
Self-Managed Dedicated Servers does not include any backup services. Most Dedicated server and VPS providers have these options available and typically start with 40GB backup space up to several TB’s.
Network Port Speed
Each server comes with 100Mb/sec, by default. Optional 1000 Mbps (1Gbps) option is available for servers which require high data throughput.
It is the rate of data transfer measured multiples of “Bytes” – typically GB’s. Most web hosting companies offer a variety of bandwidth options ranging from 5,000 GB / 10,000 GB / 15,000 GB / 20,000 GB. For high requirements, there are options for unmetered bandwidth as well.