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Hosting Cloud Server Selection: Shared, VPS or Dedicated?

Well, now, you have selected a niche in affiliate marketing, and you have a branded affiliate marketing domain name.

I assume you probably have your arms akimbo thinking, "what should I do next?".

Alright, so what we have to do now is to choose the appropriate hosting cloud server for your website and in this lesson, you will be learning about the hosting cloud server selection.

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Without further ado, let us get onto the next course of action. The next step is to find a suitable hosting service for your affiliate marketing website. Now, I have got you even more perplexed right? πŸ™‚

You must be wondering what a hosting service is? In simple terms, a web hosting service is a kind of internet hosting service that allows you to have your website accessible on the internet.

Similarly, companies that offer these hosting services are referred to as web hosts; they do this by providing server spaces and internet connectivity, which they lease or sell to you.

Some of these companies include HostGator, A2Hosting, BlueHost, DreamHost, GoDaddy, 1&1 IONOS, AWS EC2, among countless others.

Hosting Cloud Server Type

Now we have that knowledge up our sleeves; it might interest you to know that we have three major types of cloud hosting. They include: 

  • Shared hosting
  • VPS hosting
  • Dedicated hosting

We are going to treat each of these types extensively so that you can make a choice afterward on which kind of cloud hosting service you feel will be more suitable for your affiliate marketing niche.

It's going to be a long and interesting read; hence, I suggest you get yourself a cup of coffee, lean back, and enjoy the read. πŸ™‚

Shared Hosting

It is a type of web hosting service where numerous websites are connected to a single web server with internet connectivity.

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It is the most common type of web hosting service used, and it is relatively cheaper and more economical than the other options.

Here, the cost of maintaining is shared among several customers, all the resources of a single web server such as server space, FTP accounts, database, and bandwidth are shared amongst several websites.

This service also includes system administration, it is ideal for customers and users who do not want to have anything to do with managing the server, but then it is a setback for those users who desire to have more control of their servers.

It is not suitable for users who require an external software outside of the support the hosting service providers give.

On the other hand, it is ideal for those who are content with the support the host providers give.

Shared Hosting Pros & Cons

Here are some of the pros and cons of the shared hosting services:

Pros

  • When compared to other web hosting services, it is relatively cheaper.

    This is because the cost of maintenance and additional costs are shared between numerous websites.

    Hence, if your budget for an affiliate website is not that fat, then this hosting service is most recommended.

    Most hosting providers lease for an average of $7 per month. 

  • System administration, management, and maintenance are taken care of by the hosting providers.
    Whew, this is a substantial burden taken off your shoulders, you have no idea how expensive and difficult it is to maintain a server. 
  • Since it is not your responsibility to manage and maintain your server, you do not need to have any prior knowledge of web server administration.
  • Your hosting service provides you what we call a β€œcPanel” along with other applications, all user-friendly, form where you can manage your space and website effectively.

Cons

  • The biggest drawback of the shared hosting service is related to security issues that the server might likely face.
    Shared servers are vulnerable to hacking and other cyber-related attacks.
    Moreover, any attack on the server affects all the websites residing on it.
  • Since you share the resources of a single server with other websites, sometimes, your site might be sluggish, due to continuous requests from a couple of different websites.
  • There are limits to how much you can use specific resources as you do not have the server all to yourself.
  • Sometimes, the servers might overload due to a swamp of requests; this might cause it to stop.
  • Shared hosting gives you fewer features than other types of hosting services.
  • You do not get to choose the applications and software you wish to use, because you cannot use software outside what your hosting provider offers.
  • You might not get the same level of customer support, dedicated hosting, and VPS hosting offers.
  • With shared hosting service, you get relatively cheap service with some level of customer support; resources use and security.
Quick Tip:​

If your affiliate website is small or medium scale, then this hosting service is ideal for you.

VPS Hosting Service

VPS or Virtual Private Server is a type of web hosting service for people that desire just a step ahead of a shared hosting service. Here, VPS allows a fewer number of users to share the resources of the server – hard drive space, CPU time, and memory. 

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Every user of a VPS server is given access to a virtual machine, which runs on its copy of the operating system.

So with VPS, it is as though you are on a dedicated service, it provides you a similar feel with using a dedicated server.

You do not have a physical server all to yourself, but you have a virtual server.

This is a step forward from the shared hosting service when your affiliate marketing website grows and hence demands more resources and functionalities; you can try out this option of a web hosting service. 

To illustrate, let me use this example:


a dedicated server is like having your acre of land, and a house on it, the land, the house, and its resources are yours, all yours.

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Shared servers are like living a self-contained apartment; it doesn't give you much space, you have your room and all the space in it, outside the lock of your door, nothing else is yours.

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VPS, on the other hand, is somewhere in the middle, it is like having a flat – which is bigger than a single room, you have access to a balcony and all other resources that might even make you live independent of your neighbors. 

VPS Pros & Cons

Let us look at some of the pros and cons of the Virtual Private Server.

Pros

  • Unlike shared hosting service, the traffic and requests of other VPS users do not adversely affect your affiliate marketing website; hence, this service is more stable than the shared hosting services.
  • You have all to yourself a virtual allotment of resources with lesser limitations, more memory, hard drive space, and CPU time and power. Hence you can offer your customers a better user experience, as it features a faster loading time.
  • You have a choice of the operating system and software you want to be installed on the server since you have your own virtual space.
  • With VPS, you have root access, that is, you have complete control of your VPS account from the configuration unto the software installations.
  • VPS providers allow you to host multiple websites on your virtual server, without deteriorating the performance.
  • VPS providers monitor networks and server hardware regularly to ensure enhanced security of the server, to defend against hacking, DDoS and other cyber attacks.

Cons

  • One of the significant disadvantages of the VPS Hosting Service is the cost of incurring. The high monthly dues you'll have to pay, and the cost of employing the services of experts to help you manage your server.
  • With VPS, you have limited hardware facilities, remember you still share your server and services with other people, only this time, it is a fewer number.
    So technically, there is still slight competition for resources. So, at peak periods, your website may receive a slower server response.
  • If you are choosing the VPS service, then you should be ready for the increased server responsibilities it brings you.
    Although you are not responsible for patches and updates, you are still however responsible for your server.
    All software installations, site security, maintenance, software and security patches, and updates are yours to handle.
    This will mean more cost for you, as you might have to employ the services of experts to help you manage your server.
  • If your intention is an affiliate marketing website with high disk I/O usage, then you will be better served on a dedicated server.

Dedicated Hosting Service

A dedicated hosting service is a type of web hosting service where you can lease an entire physical server housed in a data center and not shared with any other websites. The host does provide not only the physical server equipment, but also administrative, management, and maintenance services.

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With dedicated hosting service, you have maximal control over the server(s) from the choice of an operating system, to the hardware and other features. So with dedicated servers, you have increased flexibility. 

Dedicated Hosting Service Pros & Cons

Here are some of the pros and cons of dedicated hosting services.

Pros

  • With a dedicated hosting service, you do not share server resources with other websites.

    You get the full resources of the single server with this hosting option.

    So you do not need to worry about clogging up of the server's memory and processor by the activities of other websites.

    There is absolutely no interference and impacts from attacks, spikes, and bad scripts of another site.

  • Increased security and overall performance: a choice of this option is a guarantee of maximal performance for your affiliate marketing website.
    Shared hosting is ideal for sites with little or medium-level traffic.
    If you want to go large-scale, then your affiliate marketing website should reside on its physical server, for enhanced stability and reliability.
  • You get to choose with dedicated hosting services, yes, you get to select the operating system you want to be installed into your leased machine, you get to choose the software you wish to be in operation.
  • Dedicated servers have their unique IP addresses.
    Since the server is not shared, there is no other website sharing a similar IP address with you.
    Unlike in shared hosting, where your SEO ranking can reduce due to spam or unethical activities of your neighbor since you have the same IP address, dedicated servers maintain a unique IP address. 

Cons

  • It is expensive; the cost of leasing a full physical server from a hosting provider is quite high.
    You will be charged hefty monthly fees to continue using the server.
    However, that is not even all the cost incurred.
    For administration of the server, you require specialized knowledge and technical skills; if you do and you choose to manage it yourself, then this might prove rather time-consuming.
    If you don't, then you might employ the services of an expert, and you will have to pay.
  • Another disadvantage is the absence of free scripts and a couple of other features that are pre-installed into the server in shared hosting but left out in dedicated hosting because it is assumed that the users have much more specific needs.
Quick Tips:​

If you run wish to own an excellent affiliate marketing site, and you want a higher Return on Investment (ROI) in the long run, then this hosting option is most recommended.

Well, now we know the various types of website hosting services available, let us then look at some website builders suitable for affiliate marketing.

Best Website Builders For Affiliate Marketing

Some of the best website builders most suitable for affiliate marketing are:

WordPress


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This is the most popular website building platform; it is very flexible.

WordPress has over 60 themes specially designed for development of an affiliate marketing website, most of these themes are however premium going for an average of $60.

This platform also features a host of plugins for increased flexibility.

Wix


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For those who would like to get to customize their website fully, this is the platform for you.
It is a really versatile platform; it has an intuitive user interface for ease of your affiliate marketing website.
It is an excellent place to start for newbies.
You get the option of building your affiliate website for free, but for increased functionalities, you are recommended to upgrade to premium.

GoCentral


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this theme is suitable for users with a thin budget and would love to have their affiliate marketing website on the air in no time.
It is owned by GoDaddy hosting providers.
It allows you to create a professional website with ease and without prior technical knowledge.

You probably want me to handpick a single platform and recommend, but all of these platforms are topnotch.

WordPress is suitable for those who desire a custom professional website and would love to have several plugin options.

Wix is for those who want different templates and layout options.

GoCentral is suitable for those with a slim budget but desires several excellent functionalities.

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Would you like to try out your affiliate website built on WordPress just for free?
Here we go - There is a web hosting service called Siterubix powered by Wealthy Affiliate and yes, it might be really good for you get started with!


P.S. This site has also hosted by Siterubix. πŸ˜‰

We have exhaustively treated the three types of hosting services; the choice is yours to make, you should evaluate your options – your resources available, the level of functionality you want to incorporate into your affiliate marketing website.

We recommend that you start with the shared hosting service, and migrate to the other options when the need arises, except you have the resources required to finance a dedicated hosting service.

Pro Tip:

Do not spend all your time pondering what hosting service or theme to use.

Just check your budget and website requirements, and get on it immediately. 

You could just upgrade your server at any time.

Hi Ladies and Dudes! Greetings from another part of the world! This is Eli and Owner of Digitized Profit. It's so great to meet you here. I have been a software developer for over a decade and I am still doing it as it's my passion. I started my online business in 2014 in many different ways. Failed, New Try, Failed, New Try, Failed, New Try...: This is a bit copy of me. Finally, I was able to make my own way to success with the help of Wealthy Affiliate which is a Super Community for online entrepreneurs. Read more about Why WA is the Best Place for people who are struggling to build their own business.

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