I have been building, maintaining, and hosting websites since 1995 and I’ve used nearly every type of hosting method there is. My first website was hosted on the Netcom website in a hidden back area that the web designers had access to, I also used the Netcom personal pages that came with their ISP package, I've used free hosting and paid hosting, and I had a direct hosting line into my house for a few years as well. Right now I use virtual colocation, and I moved my sites to that from a fully colocated server farm in Seattle. My preference is definitely for this virtual colo that I use now, and my second choice would be for a high-end paid hosting on a shared server. But I know what the benefits and drawbacks are to them all.
So, rather than force you to try all these different hosting solutions yourself over 17 years, I've written this article to explain these different options so that when you have to choose your next (or first) hosting provider, you do it armed with enough information to make a good choice.
Read the full article: Before You Choose a Web Hosting Service
I'd love to hear from you! What experiences have you had with different types of hosting? Have you used types that I don't mention in the article? Let us know in the comments below.