Choosing a web hosting company for your website can be a daunting and confusing task. There are, after all, thousands of hosting companies throughout the world. However, there are basically three types of web hosting companies.

  1. Megalith – Huge international companies that host millions of websites.
  2. Local – Small and mid-size hosting companies that host a few hundred to a few thousand sites.
  3. Resellers – The most common type of hosting company. They resell the services of the megalithic companies.

Each offers substantial advantages.

 

Megaliths

Pros

  • Reasonable Cost
  • 24/7 Tech support
  • Tons of additional services at additional cost

Cons

  • Highly structured hosting environments – one size fits all
  • Multi-level tech support – you may have to go through several levels of support to find someone capable of helping you fix your issue.
  • Often confusing phone tree support and help.
  • Lack of scalability

Resellers

Pros

  • Cost – They are reselling one shared hosting account purchased from large hosting companies to several of their clients.

Cons

  • Your hosting account with them is just a piece of one account they have purchased from a larger hosting company.
  • They don’t have control of the server hardware and software.
  • Little or no hosting flexibility.
  • Tech support is typically second hand because they have to go through the original hosting companies tech support.

 

Local Hosting Companies

Pros

  • Individual and personal customer service and tech support
  • Broad range of hosting capabilities and hosting environments
  • Provide a focus on each individual customer
  • Individualized customer service and tech support
  • Your hosting plan can grow as you grow
  • Custom hosting environments for unique needs
  • Managed hosting environments and sites
  • Co-location and dedicated servers

Cons

  • Some services are slightly higher in cost