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What is a Shared Web Hosting?

If your building or optimising your own site, it’s important to understand what type of hosting you need and the advantages and disadvantages of it. Hosting varies greatly in price and performance, from a couple of dollars a month to a couple of hundred a month which varies greatly in performance and you must choose one which can fulfil your need.
What is a shared web hosting?
Shared hosting is one of the most common and popular forms of Web hosting service. It is generally provided by Web hosting service providers, which usually have multiple Web servers on-site. Upon signup with the provider, each website’s logical partition/space is created on the Web server, which houses data for that website only. Other websites are also present on the same Web server, simultaneously sharing the storage, computing power, network and other resources. Because it is a shared service, shared hosting is a cheaper alternative to dedicated hosting. 

Who should go for Shared Web Hosting?
Share hosting is suitable for personal sites, small businesses, and even medium sized businesses if their hosting needs fit within the parameters of a small business.
Most shared hosting providers offer substantially more disk space, data transfer, and email accounts than most people or businesses need. If every site used their quota, shared hosting would not work. But since few do, it actually works out quite nicely.
How is shared web hosting so cheap and still running successfully?
Because most people and businesses don’t use most of the features they have available to them, using feature lists to choose a web host doesn’t usually narrow the field much. What should be the criteria used to choose a host is harder to measure, so most people end up making uneducated choices and hope for the best.

Shared hosting is by far the cheapest option, often starting at just a couple of dollars per month. Some shared hosting includes support for dynamic sites, but most are targetted at static site hosting. Shared hosting is inexpensive and easy to setup, most provide a control panel. With the control panel you can easily set up your site and some even provide an automated install process for popular CMS’.

Pros –

  1.     No need of special knowledge on the website and server administration as user-friendly applications are designed to make website management easy.
  2.      This is very economical option for personal blogging and small businesses when compared to dedicated hosting and VPS
  3.  As the administration chores and maintenance of the server is taken care of by the hosting provider, the organisations need not concern about technical issues of the server
  4.  A majority of web hosts provide round the clock supervision, maintenance and technical support that gives you uptime reliability.

Cons –

  1.     Resource limitation
  2. As single server is shared between many users, majority of times website slowdowns
  3.  The security issues that the server faces.
  4.  There is no choice over the software and application that you want to use.
  5.    The customer support may not be good.

In conclusion, shared hosting is inexpensive and easy to use. But it may not be fast enough for database driven, “dynamic” sites.
Shared Web Hosting is probably the best web hosting for newbie bloggers and web hosts who don’t have huge budgets or requirement.

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