Advice for anyone planning to set up a new website always begins with the recommendation to get a hosting package. But what kind? A new website owner must choose between options such as shared, reseller, or VPS hosting plans. And, while all of these can provide an online home for that new site, they offer very different services that aren't appropriate for every website.
For new and smaller sites, shared hosting can be the least expensive and most accessible of these options.
Shared hosting is a type of web hosting where a single physical server hosts multiple sites. Many users utilize the resources on a single server, which keeps the costs low. Users each get a section of a server in which they can host their website files.
Shared servers can hosts hundreds of users. Each customer using the shared hosting platform's server has access to features like databases, monthly traffic, disk space, email accounts, FTP accounts and other add-ons offered by the host. System resources are shared on-demand by customers on the server, and each gets a percentage of everything from RAM and CPU, and other elements such as the single MySQL server, Apache server, and mail server.
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Things to consider
The absolute minimum you should accept from a host is 99%.
Sites sharing a server don't affect the speed and performance of each other using the shared hosting at FullScreen.
It's not easy to make projections about web traffic, but if for any reason you expect a large amount of traffic, shared hosting might not be suitable since you might be breaking their fair use policy.
Resources are always limited; this is the basic premise of the entire field of economics and applies to shared hosting. It will cause problems for others if your site gets huge amounts of traffic, if your visitors download masses of content, or a script causes the server to slow down for instance.
If you have any special technical requirements, this might not be the plan for you. You aren't allowed to use customized software.
Just because this style of hosting is inexpensive, it doesn't mean you shouldn't expect support. Our technical team is ready to serve you 24/7/365.
Frequently Q&A about Shared Hosting
1) How does shared hosting work?
In a shared web hosting, a server is partitioned to host multiple accounts for different customers. Every customer manages their separate websites, emails and databases. However, the server resources and costs are shared by all.
Shared hosting is like sharing an apartment with other people you have your own room but you have to share resources like electricity and common areas. What makes it economical is that you can split the cost of rent and maintenance among all the residents equally.
2) What are the benefits to using a shared hosting environment?
Shared hosting is the perfect fit for beginners who are just getting started online. Since shared hosting is typically geared towards beginners the setup process is usually very intuitive and the host handles the more complex tasks. By choosing a shared host you'll also enjoy other benefits including:
Cost savings as shared hosting is the cheapest form of hosting available.
Shared hosting can usually be easily upgraded to higher packages.
No technical skills required.
Built-in cPanel integration, so site management is a breeze.
3) What kind of websites work best on shared hosting?
If you're starting out a small website, small business, or blog and are constrained with budget, shared hosting is perfect for you. However, if your business has the potential to grow big, involves payments or secure information on your website, you should consider upgrading.
4) What are the negatives to using shared hosting?
Shared hosting isn't the perfect hosting environment for every kind of website owner. Sure, it's cheap, has high uptime, and is very easy to manage, but it still has some drawbacks, such as:
The loading speed can be much slower than dedicated server environments.
There's a chance your site's performance can be affected by other sites sharing the same server.
If your site's traffic levels increase you may see a lag in performance.
You won't be able to customize your server environment for improved performance.
5) What kind of user would benefit most from shared hosting?
Shared hosting is geared towards beginners. If this is your first time building a website and you'd like to host your own site but outsource a lot of the complex technical tasks, then shared hosting is a great choice.
If you have a high-traffic website or a very large website, then you'll want to look into other hosting options, like VPS hosting for example.