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Choosing a Web Hosting Service as a Small Business Owner

By March 22, 2021September 11th, 2023No Comments

Web hosting is a technical service where the web host provider rents out a part of or all of a web server for clients to use. The web hosting provider offers technical services such as storage space for the web page’s files, bandwidth to handle incoming traffic, and security measures to ward off cyber-attackers. To maximize the benefits of hiring a web hosting company, companies must assess their available budget, incoming traffic, and the resources that their website will require to operate without performance issues. Pathway Communications provides web hosting services in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area to companies of various sizes, industries, and target customer bases.

Types of Web Hosting

Shared Hosting

One method that companies use for web hosting is referred to as shared hosting. Canadian web hosting companies that implement shared hosting provide servers for multiple clients. Shared hosting is often the cheapest hosting option; however, the volume of websites can cause resource allocation problems, especially when one or more of the hosted websites experience high traffic. Shared hosting is a good pick for small companies and companies expecting low traffic to their website. However, as companies grow, they will need to transition to other web hosting solutions.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting involves committing a single server to one website. This option dramatically reduces issues associated with resource allocation. However, dedicated hosting is the most expensive method of hosting. Dedicated hosting is a good option for large companies, websites that receive high amounts of traffic, and websites with large files such as media files and downloadable applications.

VPS Hosting

VPS hosting is a reduced version of dedicated hosting. Instead of purchasing access to a whole dedicated server, clients who choose VPS hosting receive access to a portion of a dedicated server. VPS hosting is an intermediary service combining aspects of shared hosting and dedicated hosting. Clients pay only for the resources that they use, and expansion is relatively simple. However, the website’s performance is not as good as the one on a dedicated server. VPS hosting is an ideal solution for companies experiencing growth. It eases the transition from shared hosting to VPS hosting.

Pathway Communications offers five levels of web hosting services for clients in Canada. All of our hosting plans include 99.9% guaranteed uptime, network monitoring, 24/7 technical support, and compatibility with web technologies such as MySQL and Python. Our multi-tiered plans are geared towards companies ranging from small businesses to large corporations.