Shared Hosting – Cost Effective

This has become the most common option available for Web Hosting. Basically a company starts by setting up one or more servers for Web Hosting, and then their various customers will pay for part of the server and as well as share with other customers.

This means that one server can end up being responsible for hundreds of websites all at once.

There are numerous advantages to Shared Hosting. First of all, it is truly the most inexpensive route for commercial hosting as the numerous customers who are able to use it can easily offset the monthly cost of the server. You don’t have to have any advanced techie know how to use it and you’re only responsible for your own account – there’s no time that you’re involved with the server itself. Because it’s a solution you’re paying for, you will be able to access a contract, customer support, up time guarantees, and what you need.

The Downside of Shared Hosting

The one downside is the fact you’re sharing that server with others, and that means the resources of that server are also shared. Keep in mind a server, like your PC at home, has a limited amount of CPU, memory, and disk space available and if the Web Host has too many folks on the server, or it’s being used heavily by some customers, or if the server isn’t that fast to start with –  you might find yourself frustrated when your website seems to be slow.

Another disadvantage is Shared Hosting won’t allow you access to some of the more advanced and power features that you can get with higher end options. You also are faced with a bit of increase for security risks because you can never know exactly how secure your various “neighbors” are, but keep in mind the server is secured well to start with and the possible risk is not something to be overly concerned about.

In most instances, Shared Hosting is considered a perfect solution for most users and sites. Although there are a few exceptions, it will be just people who still want their own server, along with having control over the contents of it, will be needing anything additional.

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