Types of Joomla Hosting

type-of-joomla-hostingThere are several ways to host joomla. We call these Joomla Hosting Types. They range from the inexpensive to the most expensive, shared servers to dedicated servers, etc... 

Basically this categorizes each hosting company for you to figure out which category you fall into.

Shared Hosting

This refers to your website being hosted on a Shared Server. Most servers can hold a lot of websites. It's ideal to be sharing your server with as little other websites as possible. Of course, this will be out of your control, and partly why Shared Hosting is so affordable. However, a majority of websites are run on shared server.

  • Price Range: $5 to $10/month
  • Pros: Inexpensive, easy to set up,
  • Cons: Server performane not always the best
  • Shared Hosting is a good for: Blogs, small-mid sized company websites, small e-commerce sites, etc...

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Business Class Hosting

Business Class Hosing is the step up from shared hosting. A little more expensive, but you get more from your server. There are less accounts per server and the hardware is usually better.

Go with business hosting if you are a website that generates it's income from having a web presence. Whether its directly through the site (i.e. ecommerce site) or even it's for a company who's primary traffic comes through the website.

  • Price Range: $10 to $40/month
  • Pros: Much more reliable than basic shared hosting
  • Cons: A little more expensive, not as reliable as VPS or Dedicated Hosting
  • Business Class Hosting is good for: Need to run a faster site on a budget, need a reliable server, have a heavy traffic website, etc...

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VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting

Virtual Private Servers are the step above Business Class Hosting. VPS essentially works the same as business class hosting. Meaning its shares a server with a few other accounts. The difference is that you have access to your own, separate(virtualized) instance of the server with a given set of resources allotted to your account. This allows you to configure the software on your server so that it is optimized for your site.

  • Price Range: $25 to $250/month
  • Pros: More control and security, Improved reliability
  • Cons: Increased cost, still sharing a physical server with other customers.
  • VPS Hosting is good for: special configuration of the server software, adding a layer of your own security and performance, increasing speed and site load time, etc...

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Dedicated Server Hosting

Dedicated Server Hosting is the top of the line when it comes to website hosting. If you want full customizable control and security this is the way to go. As well as providing optimal speeds for your website. This pushes you far a head of other websites.

  • Price Range: $250 to $500/month
  • Pros: Lots of contol, you control all sites on the server. As well as configure the server itself
  • Cons: Expensive, sometimes requires technical experience
  • Sites that should use dedicated servers: Developers with more than one site on a server, a high volume site, a site that requires maximum security, etc...

All Companies with Joomla Dedicated Server Hosting Plans

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Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is a specialty request. There are few sites like cloudaccess.net that provide it. Hopefully, there will be more as cloud services become more popular. Cloud refers to the hosting of your website on multiple connected servers. Should one faulter, the others share the load.

  • Price Range: $20 to $99/month
  • Pros: Site will not go down
  • Cons: Higher price
  • Sites should use cloud hosting: Business sites, those that need to run fast and low risk of going down

All Companies with Joomla Cloud Hosting Plans

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Joomla as a Service

This is a new development in the hosting world. These companies speciallize in setting up and managing your Joomla website. Two companies that do this are simplweb.com and cloudaccess.net.

  • Price Range: $20 to $99/month
  • Pros: Joomla is maintained for you, excellent tech support, help you with technical side of Joomla
  • Cons: You may not have as much direct control over the website
  • Who benefits: sites that want little to do with the whole process of hosting and joomla setup.

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Reseller Hosting

Reseller Hosting allows you to resell your server space to others.  This is often done by web developers or people looking to make money from their support services.

  • Price Range: $20 to $150 /month
  • Pros: Great for people looking to resell hosting
  • Cons: No cons, this service is for those looking to resell hosting
  • Sites types that are a good fit: Resellers

Green Hosting

This type of hosting is purely environmentally friendly. Their service will be based on green technology that saves energy. It's not that expensive and will become more affordable as the rest of the industry adopts green technology. GreenGeeks is the leader of green hosting.

  • Price Range: $5 to $15 /month
  • Pros: Helps the Earth
  • Cons: costs a little more
  • Sites that benefit: those who want to protect the earth as part of their hosting

All Companies with Joomla Green Hosting Plans

Our Editor Top Picks for Joomla Green Hosting

Budget Hosting

Budget Hosting simply means, offering cheap hosting. This often times is not worth it. You will be offered less features and server space. If you have a small website that has very little needs, then this could work for you. HostGator provides a great budget hosting plan.

  • Price Range: Free to $5/month
  • Pros: Inexpensive, Gets your site up and going
  • Cons: unreliable service, minimal tech support, slow speeds
  • Sites that benefit: a very basic static site that has little interaction on it's pages.

Windows Hosting

Not recommended. Joomla was developed using Linux, PHP, MySQL and Apache. You will run into issues and may constantly needing support.


Hopefully this guide gives you insight into the world of Joomla hosting companies and the plan types they offer. Like we said above, shared hosting is the most common, but you may have more needs than just that. Check out our guide, How To Choose A Joomla Host, or our section about Best Joomla Hosts.

About The Author

David writes for several websites. Specializing in Joomla, he develops websites like this one in order to provide help to those who need it. He enjoys taking concepts not everyone understands and breaking them down so that it is easy for everyone. On the weekends he can be found having beers with friends, watching soccer and enjoying the outdoors.