What Is A Shared Hosting?

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Shared hosting enables a single server to be used by many websites. You'll typically have no idea who or what websites you're sharing a server's resources with. Typically, each user will have a limit on the total amount of server resources they can use, but the hosting plan may determine this.

The simplest and most economical solution for your needs is easily shared hosting. The cheap price, however, comes with restrictions, which we'll get down to below. Because most hosting companies provide the same amount of space and storage, choosing a company you can trust is crucial.

Advantages of Shared Hosting

  • It's the cheapest hosting option you'll have available, by far. The regular price would range from $2.99-$9.99 for this style of hosting.
  • There are many levels of hosting available for most hosting businesses, so you can upgrade your hosting plan over time. This makes shared hosting an excellent place to begin.
  • Shared hosting is typically fitted with a cPanel built-in, making it simple to manage your account.
  • You may not need to conduct any technical maintenance on the end of the server, as this is normally included in your hosting package.

Simply put, for website owners with a limited budget, or those just getting started online, shared hosting can be a great choice. Over time, as your budget allows, you can still move to another hosting kit, so you're not stuck with this hosting level forever.

Disadvantages of Shared Hosting

Shared hosting sounds pretty good: it's cheap, has high uptime, and is easy to handle. It does, however, come with some disadvantages.

  • The load time can be a lot slower than dedicated servers.
  • The server can become overburdened by other sites that are sharing the server.
  • As your site begins to receive higher levels of traffic, you’ll begin to notice that your site might begin to perform much worse.
  • You never quite know who your neighbours are. Although rare, it is possible for other sites on the server to pose a risk to your own site.
  • There’s a lack of customization options to truly get the highest level of performance from your website.

The benefits of shared hosting will significantly outweigh the disadvantages for most individuals just getting started online, especially if you are trying to get a site up and running as quickly as possible and have little technical skills. It is also important to remember that when the traffic reaches a level that it is time to update, a responsible web host will let you know and will track and shut down any sites that pose a danger to those on the server.

Alternatives to Shared Hosting

There are no clear alternatives to a hosting package that is shared. Upgrades are accessible, but no alternatives are as inexpensive as shared hosting.

WordPress dedicated hosting, running a VPS server, and other semi-dedicated hosting solutions are among the alternatives to shared hosting. Both of these will end up costing more than a simple shared hosting package, but they will give you higher levels of efficiency and customization.

For beginning website users whose sites do not receive a lot of traffic, shared hosting is a great option. Know, hosting environments can often be updated or modified with time.

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