What is Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting is just as the name implies, hosting that is shared with others. This means that your website or websites will be sharing server resources, such as processing, memory, storage and bandwidth. This is not allows a bad thing though. There are many websites out there that receive little traffic, take up a same about of space on a hard drive and require little processing or memory usage. Plus many web hosting companies that offer shared hosting monitor usage of the resource and have the ability to terminate any account that is over using the shared resources.
Advantages of Shared Hosting
There are a lot of advantages to shared hosting. Probably the most notable is the low price. Typically shared hosting cost under $10 a month, making it very affordable to really anyone interested in having a website, rather it’s for a business or for person reasons.
Another advantage is many now are offering unlimited resources, including storage, bandwidth and domain names under one account. By taking advantage of this offer, you will be able to host multiple websites under just one account, saving you money and allowing for easier management of all the websites you own. Some web hosting companies also offer a free domain name when you register an account, saving you anywhere from $10 to $15 a year.
Disadvantages of Shared Hosting
Even though the advantages of shared hosting out weight the disadvantages, you still should be aware of them. One disadvantage is even though many claim to have unlimited storage and bandwidth, this isn’t always the case. When you read the fine print, you learn that what this really means is it is unlimited as long as you stay within bounds of what the average user uses. Let’s say the average user uses 250MB of bandwidth a month and a there is a person using 100GB or bandwidth a month. The user that is using 100GB of bandwidth would be outside the bounds of the average user and may be penalized in some fashion. This penalty could be in the form slowdown of your website or eliminating of weekly backup of your website(s).
Another disadvantage of shared hosting is some limits on what you may be able to do on the server. Some content management systems require special features or programs to run on the server and these features or programs are not allows available or allowed on shared hosting servers.