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After you've reached level 3, you can start your own website. Whether it's a video website, a camsite or a webshop, you'll need a hosting provider.

Because this is Adult Website Tycoon, this piece of the game is pretty enhanced, and quite realistic in terms of ways to host websites.

In the next table, the available types of hosting are listed, all with their pro's and con's.

Hosting type

Customer responsible for OS updates

Shared CPU/RAM/Storage

Scalable

Downtime needed for hardware changes

Max amount of users

Investment

Notes

OS update notes

Failures


Shared hosting​


No


Yes

No


Yes


Infinite

Low (daily fees + used bandwidth)

Hosting provider can add multiple servers into a shared hosting pool. Hosting provider must divide websites over the servers in the shared hosting pool

Hosting provider should keep the OS up-to-date

All websites on a specific host are compromised if the server was hacked


Virtual Private Server​


Yes


Yes


Yes


No


Infinite

Low (daily, per core, per GB RAM, per GB storage)

Able to add more memory / CPU / storage based on the physical limitations of the running host

Customer responsible for guest OS updates, but hosting provider responsible for VM HOST OS updates!

All websites on a specific guest VM are compromised if the server was hacked.
Also, if host VM is not updated, ALL guest VMs are compromised if a hack occurs.


Dedicated server​


Yes


No


Limited


Yes



Infinite


Mid - Server must be bought + daily fees

Can be extended to the physical limitations of the server. Eg. max 2 processors, max 128 GB ram, etc.

Customer should keep the OS up-to-date

All websites on a specific dedicated server are compromised if server is hacked.


Cluster​


No


Yes


Yes


No


One

Very high - Servers must be bought + high U usage

Extra dedicated servers can be added to a cluster infinite. Their CPU / RAM / storage power will simply be added to the total of the cluster.

Hosting provider should keep the OS up-to-date

If one of the servers of a cluster is hacked, the website is compromised.


Cloud​


No


Yes


Yes


No


Infinite

High - High daily fees

Same as Cluster

  


Please keep in mind that a hosting provider is run by a user, so that the availability of these services are based on the users of this game!

In general
Customer perspective
The prices you see when you create a subscription are active as long as the subscription is active. So if a hosting provider changes the prices, your subscription won't change.

If you fail to pay your hosting costs, the hosting provider will get an alert. It's up to him/her to disable your subscription.

A service is always bound to a specific operating system family: Windows, Linux, BSD or Unix. CMS systems can only be hosted on services that match that family!

Hosting perspective
Make sure you set up your prices correctly. You cannot change the prices of existing subscriptions!

You can disable subscriptions on the fly, and you will get a warning if a customer is not able to pay. It won't get disabled automatically though.


Shared Hosting
Customer perspective
You are bounded to the used operating system, you share the same disk space, memory and CPU usage of all the other customers on that specific shared server host.

So some negative sides on this. On the other hand, no server maintenance, and these services are mostly the cheapest form of hosting.

Provider perspective
Easy to set up, just create a server, add it to the service, install an operating system and set your default server for the service, so that new customers will use that specific server for new accounts.

You are able to migrate websites to another server within the same service to spread out the load.

Dedicated Server
Customer perspective
You need to install the operating system yourself, but after that, the whole server is yours only. The only thing you share is the bandwidth throughout of the datacenter the server is hosted in.

This service is probably expensive because the host has to buy the server first. And it's one server per customer, so yeah.

Provider perspective
Pretty big investment because you need to buy a server for every potential customer. And if all the servers are in use, you won't get any new customers because they will get an error when trying to create a hosting subscription.

Other than that, you do not have to worry about the server maintenance, that's on the customer.

Virtual Private Server
Customer perspective
Scalable! If you need less storage, less CPU, or for example more CPU, you can scale up and down yourself. Just change the VPS specification on the fly. You are bound to the limations the hosting provider has set up, or the phyisical limitations of the VPS host your VPS is assigned to.

Provider perspective
Multiple VPS hosts in the same service is possible. You can set up a default server for new customers. You need to keep the hypervisor operating system up-to-date on all those servers.

You are able to migrate VPS subscriptions to other servers in the same service.

Cluster
Customer perspective
Scalable! however, you are depended on the hosting provider to add more servers to the cluster. You cannot do that yourself./

Is the most expensive way of hosting because all the servers in the cluster can be used for one customer only.

Warning: Your CMS version has to have the cluster support feature to be able to host it on a cluster!

Provider perspective
The CPU load is automatically spread out on all servers. The total amount of storage of the cluster is based on the total amount of storage of the servers in that cluster service. Same with memory and CPU power.

You can add/remove servers to the clusters without any downtime, as long as there is at least one server online.

Pretty big investment because a cluster can be used by one customer only. So make sure you set your prices up correctly.

Cloud
Customer perspective
It's the same as cluster

Warning: Your CMS version has to have the cluster support feature to be able to host it on a cloud service!

Provider perspective
Same as Cluster, but a Cloud service can be used by multiple users.


So that sums it up. To close off:

Hosting provider
A hosting provider is one of the specializations a user can get. As a user you can only have one specialization.
 
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