Web hosting allows businesses, organizations, and individuals to make their websites or apps visible on the internet. Whether they’re using a dedicated server, or sharing resources, every website is hosted on a server. The only way for a website to be visible on the internet is if it’s hosted by a web hosting service provider, also known as a web host. In order to find a website, you type the domain name (or URL) into your browser. Your computer will then connect to the server where the website is hosted, and the webpage is delivered onto your screen.
DreamHost offers several different types of hosting plans that work for all website hosting needs.
Shared hosting is the most affordable option, but it does have its limitations. Shared hosting customers share the server’s resources with other customers. If another website on the same server is receiving large amounts of traffic, or using a lot of the server’s limited resources, it’s possible that your site may run slower as a result.
While DreamHost works hard to make sure all sites on a shared server never disrupt other sites, this is always a possibility due to the nature of the product. That’s why we recommend that you look at our more powerful options if you’re expecting to experience high traffic levels on your site.
What can I host on shared hosting?
Shared hosting is perfect for blogs, portfolios, personal/business sites, and database-driven sites.
DreamPress is DreamHost’s managed WordPress hosting. It’s a scalable service that allows users to manage their WordPress sites worry-free via automatic updates, caching, daily backups, and a content delivery network (CDN).
DreamHost’s Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting is a premium solution that runs faster than our shared hosting. It’s available as an add-on to an existing DreamHost plan, but also as a standalone service.
DreamHost’s VPSs use Linux-VServer to create a “virtual machine” that protects a user’s resources from others on the same physical machine. This allows for a more powerful solution.
Shared vs. VPS Hosting
On a shared server, resources are shared by other users. On a VPS, these resources are more isolated which improves performance and helps to maintain stability. You also have the ability to control how much RAM your server uses.
What can I host on a VPS?
A virtual private server is ideal for websites that require more resources than a shared server can provide, but may not need the full power of a dedicated server. VPS is ideal for businesses, ecommerce websites, designers, and developers that need unhindered performance.
A dedicated server is a server that only contains your files on it. You also get full root access: a major benefit if you’re looking to customize your server to fit your specific needs. Please note that DreamHost support cannot assist if any errors occur as a result of a customization.
Another benefit of a dedicated server is that your MySQL server is on the same server, allowing for faster access. With all other hosting plans your MySQL database is on a separate database server.
What can I host on a Dedicated server?
Dedicated servers are fully-managed, business class servers. They are perfect for resource-heavy apps and giant websites.
DreamHost offers two different cloud hosting products.
DreamObjects is a cost-effective cloud storage service, which you can use to host static data for your websites, store backups, or develop the next big thing. You can access DreamObjects in your panel using the built-in interface, programmatically via standard APIs, or with a growing library of applications. DreamObjects is compatible with the Amazon S3 API.
Buying a domain name with DreamHost is simple and comes with features that a lot of other hosts don’t offer. Use our domain search tool to buy your desired domain name; we’ll let you know if someone else has already purchased it, and will serve up alternative versions that are available.
After buying your domain name with DreamHost, you’ll also receive:
Next, you’ll need to backup your website files and upload them to DreamHost. You can learn more about this here.
Once you’ve migrated your website to DreamHost’s servers, you’ll need to check the site to confirm that it looks and functions just as intended. If everything looks great, you’ll need to point your DNS to DreamHost so people know where to find you! If this sounds complicated, don’t worry. We have some documentation here on how it’s done.
Have some questions before you get started? No worries. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.
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