A Guide to Understanding Shared Hosting

A guide to understanding shared hosting

If you’re here reading this article, then you’re most likely a taking your first steps web development, trying to figure out web hosting. In this post, we shall walk you through one of the most basic and simplest of website hosting services, Shared Hosting.

What is Shared Hosting?

Shared Hosting is a service in which several websites are hosted on a single server. It is also known as a ‘Shared Service’ and is preferred by new website owners and developers. Since all the resources are shared it has the lowest cost and is thus affordable to new smaller businesses and individuals.

The Pros and Cons of Shared Hosting

Pros Cons
● Easy to setup and manage. You need not be a pro or be required to learn complex things. ● The performance of websites receiving heavy traffic is affected.
● More affordable than other website hosting services  like VPS or Dedicated. ● All the resources on the server are shared by all the users.
● Available for both Linux and Windows operating systems. ● Provides less flexibility and bandwidth.
● The server is managed by your hosting provider. Which is great if you have little or no technical knowledge. ● Since everything is managed by your hosting provider, you don’t have full server control should you want to manage your server.


Reasons to choose Shared Hosting

1. 24×7 Technical Support:

Running a business is a tough job and for a newbie it can get tougher if help is not available at the right time. Most Shared Hosting providers offer round-the-clock technical support to their customers via email, chat and telephonic conversation.

There are several website hosting providers, the one I prefer is ResellerClub. One of the main advantages of buying hosting from ResellerClub is their amazing tech support and varied packages.

2. Enhanced Control Panel:

As a web pro, one of the most important things you need to manage your business efficiently is a control panel. A control panel essentially helps you manage emails, billing your customer as well as help performing administrative tasks. Usually all Shared Hosting packages come with a preinstalled up-to-date control panel i.e either cPanel or Plesk depending on your server’s OS.

3. Protection:

Security for your resources is one thing you as a web pro cannot compromise on. Shared Hosting service providers offer reliable security to your servers usually by secure FTP access or SSH. Also, most service providers offer data redundancy and backup to help ensure each client’s data is protected from another.

4. Management:

Since multiple websites are hosted on a single server, the server the website is hosted on is handled by the website hosting provider. This helps not only secure your website from the other websites hosted on the same server ,but also, in terms of management. Although this means you have limited administrative access, as a newbie web pro this is an advantage as you need not worry about the technical aspects of managing your website but can just concentrate on building your business.

We hope we have been able to help you figure out the Shared Hosting plan best suited for your business.

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About the Author: Ranjit Ranjan

More than 15 years of experience in web development projects in countries such as US, UK and India. Blogger by passion and SEO expert by profession.

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