• Adobe Commerce
  • Shopify
  • Website Management
  • Wordpress

Apartment building with with many different rentals similar to website hosting and renting space.All websites require a host to be accessible on the internet, and not all hosts are equal. The type of website hosting you choose typically depends on the platform you’re using. Another factor includes the specific requirements of your website such as traffic volume, scalability needs, and the level of control and customization you require. In this article, we’ll explore how hosting works for different website platforms and what you need to consider to make an informed decision for your organization’s website.

Understanding website hosting

Hosting

Before diving into specific hosting options for different platforms, it’s important to understand the basics of website hosting. Website hosting refers to the service that provides the infrastructure and resources required to make your website accessible on the Internet. When you host your website, you’re essentially renting space on a server and utilizing the hosting provider’s resources to store and deliver your website’s files to users’ browsers. 

Servers

Servers are the backbone of website hosting, and their performance, security, and reliability are crucial factors in ensuring your website’s success. Different types of servers, such as shared, virtual private (VPS), and dedicated servers, offer varying levels of resources, control, and performance to meet the specific needs of different websites.

Consider working with a partner

Hosting can be expensive and complicated to navigate. Nobody wants a slow website, or a lacking support team when things go wrong. Obviously we’re biased, but partnering with a website agency like New Theory can be beneficial when selecting the right hosting option for your business. A professional web development partner can provide expert guidance in choosing the most suitable hosting solution based on your specific needs, budget, and growth plans. They can also handle technical aspects of website maintenance. This includes tasks such as software updates, security monitoring, and performance optimization, maximizing the return on your website investment. Having a reliable partner to turn to when issues or questions arise can save you time, money, and headaches in the long run.

WordPress hosting

WordPress is the Internet’s most popular content management system (CMS). It flexible enough to run on many different hosting options tailored to a specific site’s needs and preferences. This website platform is typically served from four different types of website hosting.

  • Shared hosting
  • Virtual private server hosting
  • Dedicated server hosting 
  • Managed WordPress hosting

Shared hosting is the most basic and least expensive option. Virtual private server (VPS) hosting offers more flexibility and resources. Dedicated server hosting provides a higher level of performance and control at a higher expense. Managed WordPress hosting is typically a variation of a VPS with additional specialized services designed specifically for WordPress websites such as automatic updates, backups, and security features.

WordPress hosting, especially self-hosted options, offers extensive flexibility. WordPress hosting options, such as VPS and dedicated hosting, can accommodate websites of various sizes and traffic levels. As your website grows, you can easily upgrade your hosting plan to allocate more resources, ensuring optimal performance. 

Although WordPress is user-friendly, managing a self-hosted WordPress website still requires some technical knowledge. Especially when it comes to server management, database optimization, and troubleshooting. Using managed WordPress hosting requires a higher level of technical skills. However, if you need technical support and maintenance assistance, choosing managed WordPress hosting or partnering with an agency like New Theory can help you get the support you need. 

Shopify hosting

Shopify, a popular e-commerce platform, aims to offer an all-in-one solution. It combines the website building platform and hosting services in one comprehensive package. This approach is particularly appealing to non-technical users and businesses looking to create and manage their online stores without the need for extensive technical knowledge or resources. The cost of hosting is built into the platform’s monthly cost. 

Shopify hosting is fully managed, meaning that Shopify handles the technical aspects of hosting, such as server management, software updates, and security. This allows you to focus on running your online store without worrying about the complexities of website hosting, making it ideal for those with limited technical expertise.

However, your online store is closely tied to the Shopify platform and its ecosystem. If you decide to migrate to a different e-commerce platform in the future, you’ll need to rebuild your store from scratch, which can be time-consuming and costly.

Adobe Commerce (Magento) website hosting

Adobe Commerce, formerly known as Magento, is another e-commerce platform businesses use to create online stores. When it comes to hosting Adobe Commerce websites, you have two approaches. Ones is the self-hosted solution the other is the hosted solution wherein Adobe handles the hosting (much like Shopify). 

There are four common solutions for “self-hosting”, like WordPress: shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated server hosting, and managed hosting. The shared hosting option is the most affordable, and each level increases cost, flexibility, features, and customer service. Most businesses using Adobe Commerce opt for a managed host like Nexcess or “roll their own” using a cloud service such as AWS. The prices and options range widely. 

Adobe Commerce hosting options, particularly Adobe Commerce Cloud, is designed to handle high-traffic volumes and large product catalogs. The hosting infrastructure can automatically scale up or down based on demand. This ensures that your website remains responsive and available during peak periods.

However, Adobe Commerce hosting, especially Adobe Commerce Cloud, tends to be more expensive than other hosting options. With Adobe Commerce Cloud, you also have less control over the server environment than with self-hosting options. While this can benefit those who prefer a fully managed solution it may not suite everyones needs. This may not be a suitable option for businesses that require extensive customization or have specific server configuration needs.

Wix hosting

Wix, a popular website builder similar to Shopify, offers an all-in-one solution that includes hosting services as part of its platform. When you create a website using Wix, your site is automatically hosted on Wix’s servers. This eliminates the need to purchase separate hosting or manage technical aspects of server maintenance. The platform also handles automatic updates and backups. While Wix’s hosting is designed to be user-friendly and efficient, it has some significant limitations. Users have less control over server configuration compared to self-hosted solutions, and there may be potential for slower performance compared to optimized hosting options. Wix as a platform is suitable for single-page websites but lacks good tools for managing websites with multiple pages and sections.

It is also important to note that if your website experiences significant growth or requires advanced features and resources, you may find Wix’s hosting capabilities limiting and need to consider alternative hosting solutions. Much like Shopify, if you decide to move your website to a different platform or hosting provider in the future, you’ll need to rebuild your site from scratch. Unfortunately there is no easy way to export your Wix site and migrate it to another platform.

Navigating website hosting options

Today, selecting the right host for your website really comes down to the type of website you are building, the platform you are using, and the level of scalability you are looking for. Platforms such as Shopify and Wix offer hosting as part of the monthly fee. This simplifies the hosting process but can also limit flexibility. Looking for advice on the right hosting for your organization’s website? Connect with the New Theory team to hear our suggestions. 

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