This is a simple video made by a few members of the staff at InMotion Hosting. It explains the three basic types of web hosting. The video uses only paper cutouts and stop-motion techniques, but it manages to communicate the concepts effectively, cleanly and simply. The video accomplishes this by comparing web hosting to different types of housing.
The first type of web hosting explained is shared hosting. Shared hosting is like an apartment building: It is relatively cheap, is shared by many people, and offers many different services. However, like an apartment, shared hosting has many drawbacks. Just as an apartment cannot contain a very large party, shared hosting will often not allow many site visitors. Though shared hosts provide many services, the user is limited in their ability to upgrade the services and capabilities. In addition, problems with one site may affect other sites on the same shared server.
Virtual private servers (VPSs) are the second type of web hosting explained. They can be compared to a townhouse. A townhouse is more expensive than an apartment but can also accommodate more guests. The owner of the townhouse can make more extensive renovations to the space. In website terms, this means that a site hosted on a virtual private server can handle more visitors. It also allows the site owner to change or upgrade the site in many different ways.
The final type of web hosting explained is a dedicated server. These are computers in a remote location that are completely dedicated to your own use. The dedicated server is like owning a private house on its own lot. The house can accommodate a large number of guests and can be upgraded in any fashion. Of course, dedicated servers are the most expensive of the three types.
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Juliana produced this video for InMotion Hosting – A web hosting company specializing in VPS servers based in Los Angeles. Please direct any questions to her Twitter @JulianaPayson where she'll be happy to explain it all in more detail, or you can check out more of her expert tips here: http://www.inmotionhosting.com/blog/author/juliana/.