Hosting in New Zealand

Different types of web hosting

As with most things on the internet, there's always more than one solution to cater for different needs. Website hosting is no different, with a myriad of technology solutions that support websites. Below are the most common methods of hosting a website; we've done our best to explain each one, feel free to contact us for more info.

Shared

Shared hosting is when a web host divides up a server so that it can host multiple websites in virtual directories. This is also the most common type of hosting available on the internet today. For most site, a quality shared hosting setup will get the job done. We have websites that receive a few hundred hits each day on the ByteMe Internet shared platform without any performance issues whatsoever.

Another example of shared hosting will start to open the can of worms surrounding restrictions and limits. Most web hosts have limits to encourage you to upgrade to their more expensive plans. At ByteMe Internet, we only have one plan - its unmetered - and is cheaper than most of the other NZ hosting plans too.

Most if not all shared hosting plans will come with a web-based interface to manage your website, FTP, and email details. These interfaces are very easy to use, even for those who are not so technically minded. Another beauty of the shared plans are that the web host will support the entire platform for you, including upgrades when necessary

Virtual private server

Virtual servers are not for the faint hearted or inexperienced. Similar to the shared platform, you get a section of a web server. However, in this case you access it at the OS level as well as through the web-based GUI. In other words you configure, monitor, maintain, and support all the applications required to run the websites on your server. These will generally include an email server, web server, dns server, firewall, and spam filter. In most cases you have to support the VPS yourself, with limited assistance from the web host.

This arrangement can be good for companies with large numbers of websites, but be prepared to invest lots of time during outages. If there's an email problem or a website is down, you would need to fix it rather than simply calling the helpdesk to report the problem. Here's and example of a Virtual private server hosting plan.

Colocation

Colocation is when you build your on server then pay to have it hosted in a datacentre. The beauty of this arrangement is that you can build it with any software you desire. It doesn't have to be a web or mail server. You could host other software applications on the server. However, it's even more complex to support than a virtual private server as you don't have any boundaries and can build it will any OS you choose. Because of this, you should be very experienced with IT, security, and administration of the software you install on your server.

Colocation server example.

Dedicated

Dedicated hosting is similar to colocation. The main difference in most cases is that you are renting or leasing the server from the web host, rather than buying your on server and hiring the rack space to host it on the internet. In some cases a dedicated server may come with the options of only installing a couple different operating systems, whereas with colocation you can install anything you choose. Here's an example of a dedicated hosting plan.

Broadband

You can actually host your own website(s) off an ADSL, cable, or satellite broadband internet connection at home or work. There are a few tricks to doing this, as explained in the article: hosting a website on a broadband internet connection. Generally speaking, broadband will be less reliable that having a web server housed in a datacentre. It will also usually be slower.

Website hosting with ByteMe Internet

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