What is Shared Web Hosting?

When I started my Blogging journey, Web hosting and other web stuff was very new to me. I started blogging on Blogspot and later on I moved to self hosted WordPress site. That’s the time, when I realize what is shared web hosting and what are the other kind of Webhosting.

Most common type of Webhosting are : Shared hosting, VPS hosting, reseller hosting and dedicated hosting. Later on you can categorize them into Windows hosting, Linux Hosting, cPanel hosting, Plesk hosting and so on. I will be covering all other types in coming days, but for now lets look into what is shared hosting. I started my shared hosting journey with Dreamhost and later on I moved to Hostgator. You can see a list of top shared hosting for WordPress here.

What is shared hosting?

Shared hosting is one of the most affordable hosting package for starters. For any normal WordPress blog or site, a shared hosting package is enough and it will fit into your budget.  Shared hosting, as name suggests you will be sharing your hosting space with others. In technical sense, on such hosting environment, many websites are hosted on a single server. That means, all sites will have same I.P Address and you all will be sharing the server resources. There is no dedicated resource for any users and usually any one can use any possible available resource. Though in shared hosting, when any user website is draining lots of resources, hosting company tends to suspend such account in order to preserve other websites.

What is Shared Web Hosting

Advantages & disadvantages of shared hosting

There are many advantages and disadvantages of shared hosting packages, and I will list down some of them.

Shared web hosting is enough for small websites, new WordPress blogs and static websites. From a economic point of view, any new blogger, webmaster can start with shared hosting and a good and reliable shared hosting usually take care of your initial web-space and bandwidth need.

Many shared webhosting provides unlimited space and bandwidth (Ex: Bluehost, Hostgator), which usually takes care of your requirement as medium size websites/blog. One of the major downside of shared hosting is they tends to accommodate lots of user in one hosting and that’s create server uptime problem.

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