Hosting providers offer a variety of choices when you choose a hosting plan. Here’s a quick rundown of the most popular options and what they actually mean:
Shared hosting: It’s probably the hosting plan that you used for your first website. It’s the minimum plan to run a basic website. Obviously, it’s not the best performance wise. However, it is the most affordable hosting and it keeps your website up if you don’t get huge traffic. In essence, it means that you’re sharing your server with other clients of the hosting provider.
Managed WordPress: It offers a little more support than basic shared hosting. There’s cPanel based custom WordPress services. CPanel based hosting also allows you to implement multiple websites. Custom packages features include things like the support updating your plugins and themes for you.
Reseller hosting: It’s shared hosting but it allows you to lease server space and rent in portions to individual clients. It allows creating multiple login credentials so both the reseller and clients can enjoy cPanel usage. You can allocate resources as you choose.
Cloud Hosting: Cloud hosting is something that’s been offered for a while now. There’s no cPanel and not much support. Everything needs to be done from a command line, usually it’s a Linux terminal. Your webpage is hosted in multiple servers around the world and web queries are answered from the closest server to your visitor.
Virtual Private Server (VPS): This is pretty much cloud hosting plus cPanel. It’s easier to add more than one website to your server or to add email accounts. You get dedicated resources and you can also create multiple cPanel logins which you can use for reselling.
Dedicated Server: This means the entire server is for you. You get 100% of the resources. You can get dedicated servers with or without operating systems. If you opt to go without one, you’ll have to manage it through a command line terminal. Otherwise you can get cPanel on it as well. This type of server is useful if you are expecting heavy traffic to your website.