Pros & Cons to Shared Hosting

What is Shared Hosting?

whats_shared_hostnigShared Web Hosting means that one physical server and its available resources hosted are shared among many users. Actually, on the shared hosting platform each customer has his own limit on particular services like disk space, monthly traffic, email accounts, FTP accounts, databases etc.

On the other hand, all performance resources on a physical machine (server) are shared. The RAM and CPU, the single Apache server, the single MySQL server and the single Mail server are on a shared basis.

Shared Web Hosting is the most economical way of hosting a website simply because expenditures per machine are covered by more users. Due to the favorable ratios these savings trickle down to the customer.

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Shared Hosting Alternatives?

alternativesThere are no direct, relevant alternatives to the low prices and low maintenance that a Shared Hosting plan offers. If you prefer hosting that is more reliable, custom-configured, and generally not influenced by other shared hosting users, you surely need a dedicated Virtual Private Server (VPS) or Semi-Dedicated Hosting.

VPS is the modern and more inexpensive way to get a dedicated server. This technology allows one physical server to be partitioned into multiple Virtual Servers. Each one is absolutely independent from the others on the physical machine carrying out the appearance and capacity of a dedicated server. Likewise, it requires technical skills.

Semi-Dedicated Hosting is the perfect solution for heavier or highly visited sites.

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Shared Hosting Disadvantages

disadvantagesWhen it comes to the disadvantages of shared hosting, the biggest problem is the limited resources at your disposal. Sharing a server is sharing system resources with other users on one physical machine and therefore every user has some restrictions on their service. For example, if any of the users on the shared server uses a lot of traffic, CPU cycles, email capabilities etc, you or other individuals on the same machine are likely to experience worse shared hosting performance. Another downside is the inability to install modules and programs on the server that you need in order to run your own web site and scripts. The shared server is maintained by the companies’ administrators in a way that aims to satisfy the majority of our clients’ needs while ensuring the safety and stability of the server itself. This restriction may cause you problems if you need a module for your scripts that is not installed.

Shared Hosting Service Advantages

advantagesThe advantages of shared web hosting outweigh the disadvantages for most people. Of course, whether this service will fit your needs depends on the size of the hosted web sites. The greatest advantage is the lower price which is the decisive factor for most buyers. The second great advantage is that you don’t need to perform technical maintenance on the server when running programs. For close to ninety percent of all web sites, shared hosting is the proper solution. This is because it is the cheaper option and does not require Linux administration skills. When using shared web hosting, all the user has to do is upload his website or web based system and configure it to work. All shared hosting providers offer their services with an easy-to-use, web-based Control Panel, so it is easy to upload your site, create email accounts and add a database. Shared Web Hosting saves time and headaches because somebody else is taking care of the server’s maintenance, therefore it is the preferred choice for smaller web sites.

Shared Hosting or VPS Hosting, what’s better?

Shared hosting, VPS hosting or Semi-Dedicated Hosting? The answer to that question will be defined by what your priorities are. For smaller web sites the Basic or Web Pro Plus web hosting packages are the best solutions at an acceptable price without burdening your budget. Alternatively, if you have a business to present online and you are getting steady amounts of traffic and needing more functionality, you may get the Max Pack Plus web hosting package. A VPS is more adequate when you need dedicated and more reliable independent hosting service with custom technical configurations. If your entire business process and activities rely on your web-based systems that you use to control and manage your business i.e. online shops, enterprise resource planning systems etc, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or Semi-Dedicated Hosting will be a better fit.